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Deanne Eisenman, Pattern Designer

November 2010 - Posts

Good Morning!  Boy it's really cold here in north Iowa.  The thermometer says 14 degrees!  That's January weather usually.  I certainly hope it warms up a bit.  If January weather is starting now....I'm in trouble!

I wanted to thank all of you who commented on my block in the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks issue.  It's been fun to be involved with this magazine.  I will be in the next issue as well.  I believe will be out in May of 2011 so I'm really excited!

I spent the weekend finishing the set up of my mid-arm quilt table and machine.  I had a friend who was upgrading to a long-arm and wanted to sell her smaller table.  It's a Little Gracie II.  I bought a Janome 1600 to go with it. I also have a stitch regulator on it.   It's going to be really fun to work on.  I do all my quilting right now on my small machine (except for lap size or larger quilts) so I am familiar with machine quilting.  I'm excited to practice.  I've got some large scraps (translation:  ugly fabric that I can not figure out why I bought it!) that i will sandwich up and practice on.  I'll keep you posted on my progress.  If anyone of you has a mid-arm and have any advice for me, I'd be glad to hear it.  Any bit helps. Below is a photo of my machine. 


Well, I'm off to get started on my day.  I have a new pattern I'm working on and hopefully it will work out the way I want it.  Everyone have a great Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful for a healthy, happy family, great friends and, of course, quilting!

Sherri M.! 

   e-mail address given was:

I will contact you, Sherri, by e-mail so I can get information to Quiltmaker for your prize.  Congratulations!

And to all who visited my blog for the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks blog tour, thank you! I hope you enjoyed it and are
looking forward to the next time!

Be sure to look for the magazine on newsstands next week.


 Welcome blog tourists!

 I was so excited to be included in this issue!  This is my second time appearing in a Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issue.  I didn’t have a blog the first time I was in the magazine so I am excited to participate this time.  Check out my blog archives to see what I have been up to since I began the blog this summer.

 I have been designing and marketing my own patterns since 2003.  My love is combining traditional piecing and appliqué to make unique creations.  I also love to design seasonal and holiday themed items.  Feel free to view my web site:  I also have a book called “Country Fresh Quilts”   published in 2008 by Martingale & Co.  My next book “Scrap Quilts Go Country” will be out in February of 2011.

 My block is called “Tulip Twist”.  I wanted to create a pieced flower themed block and not use any appliqué.  I created my block in “cool” colors, but I feel you can adapt this block to any color family you like.

Here is my block:


 To make a quick and colorful table runner, follow the direction in the magazine to make three Tulip Twist blocks and then join them into a row.  Next add 2 1/4” borders to the sides.  You will need to cut 2 border strips 2 1/4 x 36 1/2 for the long sides and 2 border strips 2 1/4 x 16 for the short sides (about 1/4 yard of fabric will be plenty).  Join the long border strips to the block row first, then the short strips.  The finished runner will  measure 16 x 40.


 Look for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks on newsstands November 16th or visit to purchase an issue.  Be sure to visit the Quiltmaker blog at where you will be eligible for great prizes! 

I will be drawing a name from those who comment here and you will receive a free issue of the magazine!  Leave a comment here and come back Friday, November 12th to see if you are a winner!