I am so excited to be part of this block blog tour. This is the second consecutive time that one of my blocks has been included in this magazine. Last time my block was called "Beach Cabanas" and I designed a great summery beach quilt to go along with my block. You can see it here.
It is truly rewarding to be one of the few Judaic quilt pattern designers. A bunch of my patterns are published under the name of OyVey! Quilt designs. You can see them on my website: www.cheryllynchquilts.com/patterns . And now I can share a dreidel pattern published in the newest issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 8, called "Dancing Dreidels". It is 12" finished.
It is a paperpieced block that would be perfect to make into a quilt for Chanukah, or it can be used as part of a wallhanging. Here are some sample layouts.
This third block set was my original planned set. The idea was that rotating each dreidel block 90 degrees, pointing towards each other would make the dreidels look like they were spinning. But, you can see that the dreidels are unrecognizable! Thumbs down for that idea.
The dreidels can also be used as singletons for cornerstones, or how about as Mug Rugs?
These would be perfect to pair with some Chanukah gelt!
Be warned: if you are going to use "Dancing Dreidels" for a Chanukah gift, you better get stitching. This year, Chanukah starts the night before Thanksgiving. That's less than 2 weeks away.
This confluence of the holidays won't happen again for 70,000 years.
Now the fun! We will be giving away 2 copies of this magazine that won't be available in the quilt shops until Nov 19th. So you could be the first one to have a copy. You can get the directions for my block plus 99 other blocks from some of the best designers around. Quiltmaker is giving one copy away and I will be sending a signed copy. You just need to leave a comment on my blog before Sunday, Nov 17th at midnight, EST. I will post the winner as soon as I wake up the next day, and let me tell you that I am an insomniac. Please check back to see if you won or sign up with Bloglovin' (see below) to be notified. You can see some of the other designer's blocks and submit a comment to try and win a copy by visiting Quiltmaker's blog called Quilty Pleasures. Click here.
And there is more good news. Starting Nov 21st, I will be participating in another blog giveaway. Michele Foster's Quilting Gallery is hosting a thank you blog hop party. We want to thank all of our readers. Each blogger that is participating will have a giveaway.
After noon, visit her Quilting Gallery and check out all the blogs.