Laura Roberts’ Confetti Block

Laura Roberts QM block2 300x300 Laura Roberts Confetti BlockI was lying in bed one Saturday morning thinking about the block I needed to design for Quiltmaker. I wasn’t completely awake, my eyes were closed, and I was just sort of daydreaming when an image came to mind. Have you ever seen photos of the French countryside with rows of poplar trees lined up, their trunks parallel to one another? That’s what I was seeing in my mind’s eye when suddenly the image of my block just popped into place. I threw off the covers and ran downstairs to my sewing room to sketch it out before I lost it and here it is – “Confetti”!

I like the way it changes depending on how the block is oriented. Sometimes it’s like marbles tumbling through shelves and then it feels like flowers tossed onto a table. I can’t wait to see what other quilters do with it!

Blog Tour button Laura Roberts Confetti BlockBe sure to stop by the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour, going on through Friday, November 11. You’ll find lots of inspirational photos and conversations with favorite quilt designers, plus great giveaways! This special issue will be available in your local quilt shop by November 15th, or you can order it directly from our Quilt and Sew Shop.

100 blocks cover2 231x300 Laura Roberts Confetti BlockAre you excited to see all 100 blocks in this special issue? To be automatically entered to win a FREE copy, just leave a comment below telling us what quilt ideas come to mind when you see this Confetti block. Winner will be randomly selected from all who comment on this post by Friday, November 11, 11:59 PM MST. Contest has ended; congratulations to Kathy Harris, winner of the free issue.

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176 Responses to Laura Roberts’ Confetti Block

  1. Annmarie says:

    I’m not very creative so my idea would be to make columns like a coin quilt but the confetis would be run continuously vertically with wide solid colored sashingsbetwen the columns. Thanks for the chance to win Vol 4!

  2. Jeanne says:

    Your block reminds me of a stone walking path through a flower garden that is near a brook of water.

  3. Jackie Warren says:

    My first thought was snowflakes….thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Ann Schmidt says:

    You quilt block reminds me of a reflection pool. Very Pretty.

  5. kwiltnkats says:

    First thought that came to mind was the tall Palm trees that line the roadways in Riverside, Ca…of course the Poplar trees in the French countryside sound like a bit more charm. My next thought led to a koi pond complete with water lilys floating on the top with a koi moving just below the water line. Multi colored “confetti” on a festively decorated table for New Years Eve! Sandi

  6. Celine says:

    I would repeat the block and make a long vertical panel which I think would be very soothing and calm with similar colours to what you used.

  7. carolyn sue says:

    My first thought.. Fire Flies bouncing thur the trees at Selma Snow’s house the first time I went to Oklahoma in 1973…

  8. Tamsyn says:

    Beautiful block! I think the block would be stunning as a one-block quilt.

  9. Pamela says:

    First thought was marbles rolling on the pavement.

  10. Shirley in Canada says:

    very kewl block!!

  11. t.m.anderson says:

    I know it is a table runner and what a delightful time to be had around this beauty too!
    Then there are all the little place mats and coordinating napkins…yes, it’s something I could sink my teeth into!!!

  12. Sallie says:

    I like the block rotated – then it reminds me of cherry blossom trees. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Wendy says:

    Love this block! It reminds me of the water filled games my kids had, where you would push a button to make the little pieces inside float up and get caught in the little baskets or what ever they had. Thanks!

  14. Judy W says:

    I think it would look great in several shades of batiks. Thanks so much for a chance to win!
    Judy W

  15. Rita Goshorn says:

    such a block! i can see it as a big block whole quilt! yummy! thanx for the opportunity to win a copy of this edition — with your block in it!

  16. Beth T. says:

    When I saw this, I thought of the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC. So I might use very spring-y colors: pinks and whites for the blossoms, robins egg blue for the sky background, green for the Mall. Lovely block with so many possibilities.

  17. Deborah says:

    The block reminds me of stones along a path near water. Pretty cool!

  18. If the red squares were white it would be snowing. Absolutely wonderful design!

  19. Marge in Louisiana says:

    Very interesting story about the conception of this block. Good for you to get it down on paper right away.

  20. Janet says:

    I agree with another person’s comment about using this block for a border. It would look fantastic. Great imagination!

  21. Glenna Reynolds says:

    Great block – reminds me of a garden path!

  22. KarenInTucson says:

    Fantastic block with so many color possibilities. I immediately thought it would make a great backing for a quilt I am working on.

  23. Bev Gunn says:

    So far I haven’t come up with a use for the block, but is great one. I can see it as a quilt backing as Karen says-would also use up a lot of fabric!

  24. Rachel B says:

    My ideas centered around kids video games. Not sure where that might lead.

  25. Grammy story? When I was a kid they had these games that were the forerunner of modern arcade games. They had marbles and a spring loaded thing that shot the marbles up and then down the board into pockets. The pockets had scores on them. I haven’t thought of those things for decades (honestly, decades) but that’s what came to my mind. Rotated 90* they do look like trees in a row. Awesome block!

  26. OH HOW ORIGINAL….it is unique and lovely. I LOVE SNOW so I would want those little confetti’s to repeat in every block – possibly with sashing and little cornerstones with CONFETTI IN THEM TOO!!!! :)

  27. Julie Shirley says:

    What an unusual block! Love the red confetti and the effect of its falling! Congrats on your block being included in Volume 4, too…we love those 100 Block magazines!

  28. Candace says:

    Love your block!

  29. Leanne says:

    Love the block…not sure what I’d do with it yet, though I think of birthday candles when I see it…Or maybe fireworks. Could be lots of fun, once I get my hands on the magazine!

  30. MaryBeth says:

    Very nice block. Congratulations on your inclusion in the magazine.

  31. SewLindaAnn says:

    My first thought was “words” tumbling down, or a winding river of words . So I’m going to fussy cut some when I get the magazine with the instructions. I love it. It’s simple and striking at the same time.

  32. Wilma Searcy says:

    Rows of dandelion stems left behind when the wind carries away the fluffy parachute seeds.

  33. Nancy says:

    I think of autumn and the trees shedding their leaves when I look at your block. So, I would use fall colors in a quilt when using it.

  34. Lori L says:

    I can see this being a fall wall hanging. The backgrounds could be tan and brown with the confetti being bright reds, oranges, and yellows. Just like the trees in fall. I would put 2 blocks together and hang it horizontally. Thanks for the chance to win.

  35. arlette says:

    Your block’s beautiful, if I turn my head, it reminds me some flowers and the blue sky…

  36. Dianne Giles says:

    I see graduating colours – background and confetti!! thanks for the chance, Dianne

  37. Sandra says:

    I think this block would be lovely as sashing on a quilt. It is a happy block. Congratulations on being published. Thanks for the giveaway.

  38. VickiT says:

    What an awesome block. It will be fun seeing what others come up with for this one. It’s funny to picture you running through the house to sketch it out before you lost it from your mind. lol Congratulations for having your block in Vol 4!

  39. Flower petals strewn on the ground or a winding stone path.

  40. says:

    I like your block. Like you said, it can look different depending on how you put the blocks together. When I first saw it I did see trees, apple maybe? or flowers but changing the fabrics it could be like a dandilion flower before blowing the seeds into the wind. Very creative. Thanks for a chance to win.


  41. Stephanie Matz says:

    I see doing something with quaking aspens–autumn in Colorado. A Terrific Block! Thanks so much for sharing!

  42. Michele says:

    Great block!

  43. Donna Joy says:

    Your block is very catchy, love birch trees, I would like to make a vertical wall hanging.
    I’d like to use the same colors or maybe use an autumn color theme. Thanks for chance to win.

  44. Michele says:

    Autumn leaves (sideways block)

  45. Cindy S. says:

    cant wait to get a copy — win one or buy one.

  46. Cindi C says:

    Your Block is great! I think it would make a great table runner.. Congrats on being in the 100 Block issue.

  47. Donna Cogburn says:

    love the quilt…would make a wonderful table runner or cute quilt for a little girl. thanks for sharing.

  48. Jill Hicks says:

    I can see Confetti as a baby quilt or lap quilt.

  49. Judy says:

    It makes me think of fall and I see it in all the lovely colors of Autumn.

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