Thursday, May 07, 2015

Quiltmakers 100 Blocks! All this from one inspired idea!

Its my turn to share with you my block and remind you to leave a comment here to be entered into a drawing for lots of great prizes!

This story is all about inspiration! I was working on a new Mug Rug pattern for my Mug Rug Club and I was babysitting my twin granddaughters. We were watching cartoons and a fish poked his head out of the water and my heart jumped and I knew I had my new pattern. While I was designing and making my new Mug Rug pattern I decided to make my block for Quiltmakers 100 block volume 11 magazine.

My first Fish Mug Rug
Then I had another idea

and another, all Mug Rug patterns then I went to the block

Here is my block that you have in your magazine with the pattern and templates! But I wasn't done yet, I was on a roll!


From the there my mind was still spinning and I decided that this would be a wonderful fabric line so I designed the small stripe after my Mug Rugs and block and sent it off to see if my fabric company, Quilting Treasures was interested in me developing the line, they were very excited and I started developing the whole line. 

This was the painting of my idea for fabric I sent to QT and I went on to develop the panel with all the characters and the coordination fabrics too. 

The Under the Sea Panel

But wait! Thats not all! I thought to myself that it was too cute to not make a baby with this idea, and so I designed this cute quilt that matches everything! 

Same idea, worked a bit differently. And just when you thought I was finished with this idea I thought that these adorable and now very popular fish would make a wonderful embroidery CD to go along with everything else and so Free in the Sea Embroidery was born!

All that from one afternoon watching a cartoon and being inspired enough to keep developing my idea! 

So if you are interested in anything you see here today you can find it on my website at www.desireesdesigns.com but you can get the block pattern now in the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol 11 out now!! Leave a comment and be entered into a drawing to recieve a free magazine and gifts too! I will also be giving away a free panel to one lucky person who leaves a comment here! 


126 comments:

El Tigre said...

So cute, fun, and cheerful Desiree!

Anita said...

A totally adorable block!

Martina said...

This is really cute! What a great idea and such fun!

Allison said...

I love the block and all the colors that you chose!

kt said...

Love all you did with those cute fish! I need to make some of those for my daughter!

Dana Gaffney said...

I love it all! So cute!

Dee said...

Fun, fresh, already ideas "swimming" around in my head.

Michele said...

Love, love your block AND the fabric line. I just bought the panel and some of the other prints to make a quilt for my granddaughter. Love your imagination.

frstborn said...

The block is innovative and interesting!

Susan L. said...

I just love your block, & other designs!

Julie said...

Love your colorful fish. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

WoolenSails said...

I love your block and the quilts that you made with it. I have fabric with the sea theme for kids and want to make my grandson a quilt with it, this would be perfect.

Debbie

Sowing Stitches said...

FUN! Cheerful and loads a bright summer color! :)

Patricia said...

Love love your fish, so cute.

robin said...

Who knew fish could be so darned cute?! Love your work. Thanks for sharing with us.

Tinliz said...

Adorable fish. I thinking, bathroom wall hanging.

Barbara Bailey said...

How cute are those little fishies?! Sweet.💜
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Quilting Tangent said...

The under the sea panel is so cute.
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Beth Parker said...

I really love this line, Desiree! So much imagination and creativity went into it. I want to make an apron out of it! :)

Lu said...

Loved reading how a creative mind works. Your designs are fabulous. Thank you for a chance to win.

Cathy B said...

I love your block! Congratulations on having your block in the magazine!

mangozz said...

Cute designs and colors. Thanks for the opportunity.

Debbie said...

Love your enthusiasm this is adorable. Can't wait
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Heirloom Stitcher said...

We live on the lake so Fish are a must. Grand daughters will love them!

Beth Brown said...

So cute! This would be perfect for my daughter who loves the sea!!

Beth

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Lee Ann L. said...

Your block is cute and adorable! I love the process of how you ended up with the version AND going beyond! :-D

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a cute block! Love the colors! Thanks!

Jeanne said...

Love your cute block!

Loris said...

Your block is plain fun! Your Under the Sea panel is definitely inspired and inspiring. I love it!
Thanks for joining with a block this issue and for joining in on the tour. I'm off to check out your other designs :-)

Nancy said...

I love your block - and love the story of how it was birthed!

Melody Lutz said...

What a darling block. I kept saying ooooooh ahhhhhh each block as I paged down.

Sandra said...

You are simply amazing. From watching a cartoon, you developed quite the assembly line. Way to go! I love the panel and I know that my nephew would adore it. To be so talented is quite the gift. Thank you for being a part of the QM's 100 Blocks, Volume 11 Blog Tour and sharing this darling block of yours with all of us. I need to either win or buy this magazine now just to get access to this block.

Sandi Timmons
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Lisa Marie said...

Wow, you WERE on a roll! It's all totally adorable!

Jennifer said...

You block is FUN! I can't wait to get my hands on this issue and get started!

Deborah DeBerry said...

Love all the fishes. My grandson was taken fishing not too long ago and I bet he would love this as a constant reminder of his adventure. Thanks for the chance to win. poladydwd(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lisa Chin said...

I love all your adorable fishies! The octopus is also so cute! I love the block you create and the fabric line that came along as a result. Thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

Wow! You must have more creativity in your little finger than I have in my whole being. It's all adorable, the block, the panel, the everything!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What a fun and darling block! This would be a super quilt for my grandson, who loves fishing.

Awesome giveaway!

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tac73 said...

What fun! I love that you shared your ideas as they developed.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Wow--that was an idea that had almost no end! All of your designs are so cute!

Margaret Andrews said...

You block is just delightful. Grandchildren are so much fun as are some of the shows they like to watch. This one certainly lead to an adventure. Glad you had it so we could all enjoy it. Thank you for sharing.

TSpoon said...

this is so CUUUUte!! And thanks for the chance to win.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a lot of fun you must have had designing these.

Debbie -- Sheltered Stitches said...

Stinkin adorable! Absolutely stinkin adorable!!!

Margaret said...

I love your block and thank you for showing us how you developed such a cute line.

mary beth said...

I love all the colorful fish.

JANET said...

The critters are so cute! Love the seahorse and blow fish. Would love to do an applique quilt with your fish.

Diantha said...

Such cute fish! I like the various mug rugs, and your block, and your "free in the sea" quilt - the one with the striped background!

Esther Grimes said...

So cute! I especially love the baby quilt.

sandi said...

Your block is adorable! I'm looking forward to making it.

Donna Cutting said...

Wow when inspiration strikes you create amazing designs. Your panel is wonderful. My Daughter in law would love that. She was stung by a sting ray on holidays last year and is looking for a sting ray. I bet you could design an amazing Sting Ray.

Karen Ackva said...

OMG! That one idea sparked an entire world of designs! I love the fabric and the panel! Amazing! That you for sharing how your design process worked! I look forward to getting my hands on some of that fabric too! Hugs, Karen

craftygramma said...

I love these blocks. So cute. Must get some of this fabric for a quilt I'm about to start for a grandgirl with a sea theme.

Thanks so much for sharing your development of the process. Invaluable.

delaineelliott said...

I love these fish! Very colorful. Thanks!

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Elizabeth said...

So, so cute! And, I love how one idea just grew and grew!

Annie said...

Oh, your block is so cute! And I really enjoyed hearing about how the cartoon inspired you to do so much. Thanks for sharing!

Joanna said...

What a great block. I love it. All of the images make wonderful blocks for a children's quilt.

Cynthia Knapp said...

Oh, the fish are just adorable! This will be such a fun block for a kid's quilt. Thanks for sharing. cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

Kathy H said...

Those fish are so cute and so is the panel.

Laura Schmidhammer said...

When I first saw your bobbing fish in the Mug Club, I knew I'd found a kindred soul. I love the whimsical and with your guidance, I've realized how much I enjoy expressing myself with fabric art.

Linda Big D said...

I love the colors and the fish! Pick me!
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Marcia Hoekstra said...

That panel would feel right at home in my state of Florida!

Sandy Curtis said...

What a cute block. It would make a great kid's quilt

VA said...

Such a fun block! You were very ambitious.

Lori said...

congrats wow this is so wonderful how you came up with this idea and let it blossom. a huge congrats for that. perseverance is so wonderful.
your underwater friends are just too cute.
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vwlady said...

OMG!! Your very busy!! Love how cute all of these are! I have grandson who would like something made from this line....he really likes "fisses"!

Jeanne in Ohio said...

The progress of your design is very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

darlene said...

Looks like fun to make for my cats. That pattern is cute as can be.

Auntie Clark said...

So very cute!
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SoccerMom said...

Such a darling, fun block! And I love all you created from that initial idea.

JoyceLM said...

So cute, so fun, my great nieces and nephews would adore these. Thanks.

Lynn Clark said...

Isn't it amazing how one simple idea can lead to so many others? Your fishes and sea life are charming. Thanks for sharing. They will lead to some delightful quilts.

Renata A Little Bit County said...

That is a really cute block!

Laurie Parrack said...

I love the block, and the fabric panel and coordinating fabrics are fabulous. Congrats on being chosen to be in the magazine, and the fabric line.

lotsofteapots said...

Wow - I may have to watch more cartoons with my kids! :)

~Kris~ said...

You are so clever! What a great collection of ideas and projects. Thanks for sharing.

Joan Tavolott said...

This just got better as I scrolled down. Great idea!!

Blue.Ridge.Girl {ShadowsoftheBlueRidge} said...

Wow! You are one inspired and fun woman :o) I love how your mind jumped from one idea to the next. Your granddaughters need to keep visiting! Thanks so much for hosting an opportunity to win a copy of the Volume 11 issue!

Rachell said...

Oh my goodness! I would be delighted to have this panel! So adorable!
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Kathy S. said...

Your fish are adorable!

Meg in Tennessee said...

Fun block and wonderful fabric, please keep it up, I always need fun fabric.

nancyr said...

What a super cute idea! Love it!

nancyr said...

What a super cute idea! Love it!

Jennifer Gardner, Habicht said...

This is such a fun design! I love all the different little fish fries! They are bright and happy.

Jennifer Gardner, Habicht said...

This is such a fun design! I love all the different little fish fries! They are bright and happy.

StanleyBeagle said...

love the fishees!

Deb said...

I love the block...especially the octopus!

minibea12 said...

Oh, I love the fishies! So Cute.
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Barb said...

What great ideas you have--I think you should babysit with your grandchildren some more if this is what happens!

Jen Barnard said...

Your block's great, but I love that panel! It would make a great baby quilt, I especially like the details in the shells and scales of the animals. I really like your 12 days of xmas panel too.
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wendy said...

How cute is that! Love it!

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

Love your block! Your fishies are adorably cute! Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win :)
Debby E
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Walter said...

You are impressive! all very cute. pjrquilter at msn dot com

Joyful Quilter said...

How stink'n CUTE! All of it just makes me smile.

PK Sews said...

Your fish are delightful! Thanks for sharing!

Marie said...

Such happy designs. Love your creative 'chain' of events.

Brenda E. said...

You cannot love the fish! I have granddaughters that love to go fishing and wouldn't your fabrics make a fun gift.

Carol W said...

It's fun to see how your ideas progressed.

Thim3 said...

OMG...I love your block..oh and the fabic is so cute. My grandson is so into fish right now.
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Judy1522 said...

Your block is so cute!

Julie in WA said...

Love all the fish and other sea creatures!

arlette said...

Ohhhhh, please pick meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, your block and fish are the cutest thing!!!!

Andee said...

Cute! LOVE that fishy mug rug!

Liz Sumner said...

Hi
I love the fabric, it would make an awesome kids quily

Liz Sumner said...

Hi
I love the fabric, it would make an awesome kids quily

Emily C said...

Too cute! All you need is some dolphins in there =)

GranChris said...

These are just too cute!

Gill said...

Great block - this would make a fabulous baby quilt!

QuilterLaura said...

That's just adorable!

Debbie P said...

I will be a first time Grandma in the fall and your fish are so whimsical and fun!! I would love to use your designs for a project for our new family member!

Cecilia said...

I love your block, fabric, panel, quilt, and embroidery! I can just see this in a nursery. Thanks for sharing.

Terri said...

Love the fish - so cute! Something you don't see very often.

Wanda said...

What a delightful pattern. This one is a must make. Thanks for a chance to win.

MissPat said...

What a bright and colorful design for kids. Love the fish.

Kathy Sue said...

What a fertile imagination you have. Love your progression of ideas! kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

Becky Rabalais said...

What cute fish fabric!!! Would make wonderful kid's quilts. Happy Mother's Day!

Karyn Ashley-Smith said...

I own a yard of your fishy fabric!! :D That's SO cool to see how it came about!

annmarie said...

Wow, wow, wow! Who new cartoons could be sew productive. I LOVE it!!!

Pat V. said...

Love seeing how your idea snowballed and became more and more! Can't wait to make my version of your block!

Ellee said...

The evolution of your pattern illustrates that once the creative juices get flowing, the possibilities are limitless. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Trish said...

I am loving your blog and I'm so happy I found it. Fun patterns and giveaways to boot!!

Katy M said...

I love your block! Colourful and adorable :) x

Karen Thurn said...

Sew cute both the fabric line and the block. kthurn@bektel.com

krazycat6@gmail.com said...

Very cute block. Thanks.

Cathryn said...

How cute! The Panel would make a great child's quilt.

Judy Star said...

Your new Sea and Safari designs are adorable!

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