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Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 16 Block Tour Road Rally

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks
Volume 16 Block Tour Road Rally

Welcome to my stop on the 100 Blocks Blog Tour and I am so glad you found your way here!
I am thrilled to have my first block published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.
I am a quilt pattern designer and a sales rep for HandiQuilter.

My name is JoAnn and the name of my block is Dance of the Dragonflies. It is inspired from my original quilt pattern called "Dance of the Dragonflies" made with Hoffman Fabrics.

It is a little hard to see.

My favorite places for you to visit on your road trip to SD.


Dance of the Dragonflies Quilt Pattern


Quiltmaker assigns each 12" block to one of four categories
Applique, Foundation-Pieced, Mixed Technique and Pieced.

I used white Kona cotton for the background and gray Kona cotton for the back of the wings.

Kaffe Fassett fabric was perfect for the pop of color that I needed. Floriani polyester thread is my favorite applique thread. I used this thread to stitch the wings to the background fabric with a triple stitch blanket stitch. The inside color of the wing was appliqued with a simple blanket stitch using Aurifil monofilament thread.



I made a table runner using these dragonflies.

 Cut background 13 1/2 inches by width of fabric.
Cut off selvage. Use a square ruler to make end points.

Blogtour 036Kaffe Fassett fabric for inside of wings, I used three different colors of green.
Text fabric for background fabric.

Fold fabric in half length wise and use a square ruler to cut a point on each end of table runner.

Table runner instructions

Trace pattern onto 805 Pellon Wonder Under Light.
Cut around the shapes and iron onto wrong side of fabric.
Cut on drawn line with applique scissors if you have them.

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Inside details of dragonfly wings.
See directions below on how to assemble dragonflies.

Blogtour 027Pick a large scale flower design for the corners. 
Black and white fabric is the body and wings of the dragonflies.

Blogtour 013Cut a piece of Pellon a little larger the corner piece.
Sticky rough glue side of Pellon facing up.

Blogtour 013Use parchment paper to fuse to fabric so you don't mess up your ironing board or iron.

Blogtour 023Fussy cut around edge of design. Peel off paper and place piece on top of table runner fabric.
Make sure you have parchment paper underneath the table runner and iron in place.
The top will hang over the background fabric, that's O.K., you will trim it after it is fused.

Blogtour 023Turn to backside of table runner and trim off excess fused fabric.

Blogtour 023If you see a blank area you don't like just add some extra leaves or flowers.


Assemble your dragonflies on parchment paper first before you put them on the table runner.
The easy way to take the paper off the back of the pieces is to scratch the paper with a straight pin.

Blogtour 037Check back to see the finished table runner.
I will bind it with the text fabric.

Visit Quiltmaker's blog, Quilty Pleasures, each day this week for links to participating blogs and enter for some great giveaways!  To see all of the creative and original blocks in this issue, 100 Blocks Vol. 16 is available on the newsstands now or you can order 100 blocks from Quiltmaker.


 The editors at Quiltmaker are sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of 100 Blocks Vol.16 and will mail the magazine directly to you anywhere worldwide. Sign up for my newsletter or share this page on Facebook for a chance to win one free copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 16 and the paper pattern for Dance of the Dragonflies Quilt.
Nov 13-17

I will pick two winners at random at the end of the day on Nov. 17, 2017.

Thanks for stopping by.

JoAnn Hoffman


Lynn Damewood

Beautiful dragonflies. I usually like needleturn applique, but will give this method a try. Love the idea of using them on a table runner.

Your Dragonfly Dance block is just beautiful! Such lovely applique :o) I have a block in Vol. 16, so no need to consider me for drawings...I just enjoy traveling the Road Rally and enjoying the stops!

TheGranChris .

I love your Dragonflies. Great colors.

Sandra Timmons

Just love dragon flies. Such a beautiful insect. Your block is simply amazing. Stunning pictures of South Dakota. Thank you for being a part of this Road Rally Tour and giving us a chance to become a winner. Happy Holidays.

Sandi Timmons


Those are so pretty. Kaffe Fasset is a wonderful fabric for those wings. :) Thank you for sharing your tips!


Love your dragonflies!
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Just an FYI there is no easy link to click to comment on your blog post. I ended up doing a round about to get a comment box to pop up.

Regarding your block, I saw your Dance of the Dragonfly quilt. Loved it. Thanks for showing your applique process to create this block.

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Wonderful block. Thanks for the bonus table runner project.

Kathy E.

Your dragonflies are gorgeous! My heart skipped a beat when I saw your table runner with them in the center and the fussy cut flowers!!! New newsletter reader here!

Rachell Reilly

I've admired Dance of Dragonflies for quite a while in my favorite quilting catalogs, online shops, and seeing other quilters make it. There's something so wonderful about butterflies and dragonflies, and a whole quilt made with them is an idea of mine! Shared on Facebook!

Lee Ann L.

I adore dragonflies! They always remind me of my favorite place to go camping which is Garner State Park!

Thank you for a great tutorial here and such a wonderful block. I'm now signed up for your newsletter!

Maryellen McAuliffe

Thanks. Great block and table runner. I also love your quilt design. Thanks for the inspiration.

Nicole Sender

Your dragon flies are gorgeous! I want to try to do your block! Your tutorial was quite helpful!

Nicole Sender

Forgot to mention, I signed up for your newsletter!

Nancy Sue

Hi JoAnn :) I signed up for your newsletter :) I LOVE the dragonflies! I'm teaching my 10 yr old son to sew and this is the perfect project for him to use with fusibles. We are fans of dragonflies, after watching all those dinosaur specials and seeing how the dragonfly has been around forever!! He'll love this block! This actually reminds me of the dragonfly stained glass display they had at the Corning Glass museum in the late 80's early 90's. I think it was donated by Peter Falk's (Columbo) mother who was big into making stained glass. Congrats on being included in the Volume 16!!! Love it!

Susan Gray

South Dakota looks awesome. Hope to visit next year. I love your dragonfly runner. Very imaginative!

Annmarie Tegen

Your dragonflies are AWESOME!! Sew creative.... Thanks for the table runner tute. Love the technique with appliqueing the flowers on the ends. Can't wait to try it (with your dragonfly block #1506 of course!

Mountain Musings

Beautiful Block!


Your dragonflies are wonderful! I love the tablerunner. I have done fused appliqué and find it very easy to do. Thank you.

Connie Wood

Love the dragonflies! Would like to maybe try them on a pillow top.


Barbara Spurr

Love your dragonfly block and your table runner pattern. Thank you.


Love the dragonflies, they are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!
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Judy Rianprakaisang

Your dragonflies are beautiful and look great made into a table runner.

Sharon Browne

I've always loved dragonflies and I really love your dragonfly designs!

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