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Clasp Block {Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 16}

Welcome and thanks for stopping by to visit during this road rally through the latest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. You have wound your way over to me in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Central California, where I live with my husband and cat named Puppy. Have you had an opportunity to drive Highway 1 along the Pacific coast? It’s one of our favorite roads to spend time along on road trips and vacations.

I am so pleased to be part of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 16 issue. My block is even shown on the cover (!!!) and is called “Clasp”. This is my third block to be included, and you can find my previous blocks below.

Clasp Block

Clasp Block

Clasp is a great block to work on establishing sewing a consistent 1/4″ seam and it lends itself to chain piecing for a quick finish.

I pieced the Clasp block using Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Shadow, Coal, Charcoal, and Riviera.

Clasp Quilt

Clasp Quilt

Clasp was inspired by a combination of the idea of a belt buckle and links in a chain. I really like how rotating every other block in a quilt top shows off the chain link effect.

Clasp Quilt - Dark Colorway

Clasp Quilt – Dark Colorway

I think that Clasp is a great masculine quilt option. Changing the background color from a light gray to a deep blue it gives it a heavier feeling, too.

Vols Clasp

Vols Clasp

I did notice one other thing about this block design… when rotated, it reminds me a lot of my college Alma Mater, the University of Tennessee, UT logo. It wasn’t my intention at all, but once the idea was in my head, I had to color it in bright oranges and white!

Vols Clasp Quilt

Vols Clasp Quilt

When I think back to my years at UT, I have fond memories of lots of wonderful friends and exceptional professors. I certainly wouldn’t be the person I am today without having had a part of my journey there. I didn’t like the orange and white school colors very much at the time, but they have grown on me a bit over the years. Perhaps living in California and thrilling at the sight of meadows of blooming orange poppies has helped win me over. 🙂


Thanks for following along with the 100 Blocks Road Rally! I am pleased to offer 2 giveaways:

Prize 1: The editors at Quiltmaker are sponsoring a giveaway for a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 16 and they will mail the magazine directly to you anywhere worldwide.

Prize 2: I also have a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 16 plus a printed version of my pattern Oh Happy Day. This giveaway is open to everyone (international included) and will be shipped by me.

Use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to enter to win. By entering, you acknowledge you are 18 years of age or older. I will select 2 winners at random after the giveaway closes on Friday, November 17th, at midnight Eastern. The winners will have 48 hours to reply via email or a new winner will be randomly selected.

Good luck and visit The Quilting Company (Quiltmaker) site to continue the road rally and visit all the other blogs today and this entire week. Quiltmaker is also giving away daily prizes and 5 grand prizes at the end of the week!

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146 thoughts on “Clasp Block {Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 16}

  1. sue7oaks says:

    What a great block! Just finished my bee blocks for the month

  2. Diantha Howard says:

    I am currently finishing up a T-shirt quilt for my great-niece who just graduated from college and had a lot of t-shirts! (And her school colors were Orange, black, & white!)

  3. Great block Yvonne! For some reason, it made me think of Santa’s belt. I must be in total holiday mode. 😉

  4. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Yvonne! I love the “Clasp” block you have designed! It does have a mainly appearance to it, plus as you have stated with the darker fabrics it brings out a heavier or tougher feel to the quilt. I Congratulate you on this being your 3rd published block! I would love to win a copy of this marvelous book and your copy of the pattern! Thank you for sharing and the great give away! Have a fabulous day!

  5. Bonnie says:

    Congratulations on making the cover of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks! I am currently working on a Christmas table runner.

  6. Kath S says:

    Congratulations on having your block selected as one of the 100, and being featured on the cover also! Thanks for the giveaways.

  7. Summer says:

    This would be a great pattern to use western fabrics for – maybe alternate with a square block for a “buckle”. Currently, I’m finishing up projects for Christmas – putting labels and bindings on!

  8. Rochelle Summers says:

    You have created an interesting block. I like when it is formed into a chain. Congratulations on having your block included in this issue.

  9. Judy says:

    I like that you have designed a quilt block that can be used for a masculine quilt as it is sometimes hard to find a pattern that works for a man.

  10. Elizabeth Bolton says:

    I’m so happy to have found your blog, Yvonne. I’m working on the Wayward Transparency QAL – it was shared in another blog I follow – and it’s wonderful! Congrats on your block in 100 Blocks!!

  11. Darleen Sanford says:

    Love the block. You are right – it is a good block for a man’s quilt.

  12. Teri says:

    This block would be great for a quilt done in aqua and green.

  13. Pamela Beck says:

    Hiya!!! Loving that block. I could see it in a Christmas quilt—you know, Santa’s belt buckle. Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!
    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

  14. composchoreo says:

    My first thought when I looked at this block was that it would make a great masculine quilt too. I like it in green and navy and cream.

  15. wannajava says:

    It is always nice to find a block for a guys quilt in teal and navy.

  16. Danette says:

    I like how you suggested that it could make a good “guy’s quilt”. I would try it in blues like this, also. Blue is my favorite and I think guys like blue, too. Thank you,

  17. Shauna Trueblood says:

    I agree this would be a good guy’s quilt, and I think it would look awesome in teals.

  18. Rita Long says:

    I think I might use colors to make it look like denim with a belt. I have been involved with the Roundabout quilt along. I just got the blocks together.

  19. Christi says:

    My brother would love this block. He’s a Math guy.

  20. Carol Sc says:

    What an interesting block! I would love to play with it and try different arrangements. You are right — it is a great block for a masculine quilt.

  21. ioleenkimmel says:

    Love the boldness of this block.

  22. I really like the look of this block great design.

  23. goonyburd says:

    I’d have to make one with purples and greens!

  24. Paula S. Pike says:

    Yvonne, congratulations! I will be buying this issue for certain. I think I’m going to use your block for my grandson’s quilt, He’s requested black, red and gray so your block would really work well with that that combo.

  25. Sophie says:

    It’s a very cool block ! Thanks for the giveaway !

  26. Mary O. says:

    I was so happy to see your block today. Love the orange UT!

  27. anne d says:

    I am about to start a baby quilt using grand canal. Love the block.

  28. barbara woods says:

    very original!

  29. Karen says:

    I would make your block in greens. currently I am making quilts from embroidered pillow cases from my grandmother.

  30. Janet T says:

    Like you block! I am trying to finish some UFO’s and tops so that I can start the pile over.

  31. nancyangerer says:

    Love your block. Red and white for the University of Alabama or the blue and orange for the University of Illinois. Right now I am making a wall quilt with 4 horse heads for our granddaughter who is a senior at Murray State in Kentucky. There team is the racers. The borders will be the school colors.

  32. Nancy N says:

    Great block, love the clasp look. Since my husband is Santa Claus, I would use black and silver on a background of red. Ho-Ho-Ho!

  33. Lee Ann L. says:

    That is a cool block. I am going to finish up the celebrate/birthday table runner (latest picture is on instagram).

    dlk3265 @ gmail . com

  34. Jayne P says:

    This is the perfect name for this block.

  35. Laura M says:

    This block does feel quite masculine. I’m thinking grey and a brighter blue might fit the bill in my household.

  36. Dana Gaffney says:

    I’m working on a scrappy Log Cabin baby quilt, lots of bright colors.

  37. quiltingmod says:

    This block makes me think, and I can clearly see your inspiration.

  38. Kathy h says:

    It definitely reminds me of santa’s belt. I would make it in black and red.

  39. Great block reminds me of bicycle chains too! I am working away at my UFO pile which runneth over – trying to eliminate some older projects!

  40. Sue says:

    I am sewing binding on a king sized Millers daughter quilt.

  41. Beth T. says:

    As a little girl growing up in Southern Cal, I hated the color orange but loved our poppies. Now as an adult I’m making up for lost time and use orange whenever I can–and I’m working on a poppy quilt!

  42. Barbara Kaup says:

    Nice block–I follow you on Bloglovin’.

  43. Rommy says:

    The modern design is great. Also the opportunity’s to create quilts

  44. Karen P. says:

    Love this graphic block!

  45. And I thought Wayward Transparency in Teal would be for our grandson, but the Clasp, in blues and greys , this is definitely a ” Josh Pattern” for sure. he will be here on Saturday on his way home from the second year of a 3 year BSC degree at University, and he is going on to do a Masters, after the end of 2018. So If I get this done for his graduation I will be so happy.

  46. Nancy says:

    You know I might try your block in black and red…sort of like the clasp on Santa’s suit!

  47. Annmarie says:

    Your clasp block is very unique. It is definitely manly and would also make a cool QOV.

  48. Kris S says:

    I laughed when you said that the orientation of your block reminded you of your college as I was thinking the exact same thing that it reminded me of the Univ. of Illinois. Thanks for sharing.

  49. Annie says:

    I found your dark colorway version to be very striking!

  50. Margaret Andrews says:

    What a fun block. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.

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