Cloud9 Fabrics New Block Hop {and Giveaway!}

September 13, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Cloud9 Fabrics New Block Hop! This week you get access to 70 new quilt blocks, designed by some very creative bloggers.

Cloud9 is also offering up a fat quarter bundle giveaway for my fabulous readers this week (details below).


All of the quilt blocks featured this week are going to be assembled into quilts and donated to charity.

I hope you enjoy clicking around, seeing all the inspiration, and pinning blocks for your future.  Below, you will find the list of today’s amazing participants, who all created blocks for you. Scroll down further for my Giveaway for the day, and you will also find my block, called A Simple Life.

Here are the 20 bloggers who created gorgeous blocks for you today!

Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions

Please also visit  Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl and Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs to see all the other bloggers whose blocks are featured there.



Cloud9 Fall Cirrus Solids

For a chance to win the fall inspired (5) fat quarter bundle of Cirrus Solids curated by Cloud9 pictured above (Twig, Amber, Olive, Denim, Lava).

This Giveaway is Now Closed.  The winner is Liz T!

A Simple Life {Quilt Block Tutorial}


During the time in which I had to design and create this block, my life has felt as though it’s been traveling at the speed of light.  For so many reasons, so may things, many good, a few not so good … family, work, celebrations, grown-up responsibilities… all hit at the same time.  I know that’s how it always is, but it still takes my breath away each time it happens.

close-up-simple-life-stripesSo as I sat down to sketch and contemplate this block, I was filled with certainty that above all, I wanted to keep it simple.  I need simple in my life now.  And if the universe does not agree with my plan (it sure doesn’t seem to), then I will force it with my block design.  Sometimes it’s nice to be the architect in your own life.

There are times when paper piecing, and cutting millions of tiny pieces of fabric feels good. There are times when it’s therapeutic to sew 30 seams in one block.

But not today.

Today, I want to turn off my brain and sew.

It has given me so much pleasure to make this block.  What a wonderful feeling.  I’m waiting for more of the gray to arrive so I can turn it into a throw pillow for my sofa.

Here are the easy instructions for you:






Step 1

Using ¼” seam allowance for all seams, stitch together the seven 1.5” x 4.5” cuts of fabric, in whichever color order you find pleasing.

Step 2

Attach each side piece (measuring 7.5” x 4.5”).

Step 3

Attach the top and bottom pieces (measuring 12.5” x 3”).

If you’re interested in purchasing these gorgeous Cirrus Solids, here are all the names:


Oh, and did you buy your Quilter’s Planner, yet?

If you visit my website you can get incredible discounts when you buy more than one copy!  So this is the perfect time to order a couple for holiday presents. And you’ll get access to all 14 quilt patterns this year (you don’t have to wait til 2017!).

If you’re clever and you buy the new QP Mini book to go with your planner, you don’t have to wait til the new year to get organized!  You’ll receive it in October, hot off the presses, and you can get planning right away!


P.S. If you leave a comment today, it won’t show up publicly right away as it usually does.  I’m having a little blog trouble.  But don’t fear, I am seeing your comments (I love them so much!), and I will have this fixed up immediately.  So keep commenting!

Signature Stephanie at Late Night Quilter

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  • Reply Susan Shaw September 14, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Very nice block and I like the colors. Did the fabric fray? It looks as if it might have. It doesn’t matter. If it did, just something to take into consideration to be more careful when handling. Hope life settles down for you. Mine hasn’t in a few years, so I haven’t even been piecing. I’m thinking it may be to the point where I can stitch again – I miss, miss, miss it. I didn’t anticipate having a son move back home followed five months later by his toddler that I literally had seen twice. She has been here six months and the challenges have been great. She was not taught NO mean NO. She thinks she is the center of the universe and she deserves everything she wants. It’s more difficult when you have to untrain what has been learned. Thankfully my son and I agree on things. He is in charge of her 100% when he is home. I have her all the time he is at work. I certainly had not planned on that. It did put lots of love in an otherwise quiet, quiet house. So, I pray that your life is filled with laughter and fun along with the bumps.

    • Stephanie Palmer
      Reply Stephanie Palmer September 14, 2016 at 12:20 am

      Hi Susan! I’m glad to hear how much love you have in the house these days! The gray fabric frayed a little, but probably only because I kept pulling the little threads off so I could get a clean picture… if I hadn’t been photographing it, I wouldn’t have handled it so much….

  • Reply Rochelle Summers September 14, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Sometimes I think we make our lives so complicated we can’t see the joy in the simple things. I like the simplicity of your block and the colors that make it so eye catching. We need simple in quilts to balance out the more complicated parts…a place for the eye to rest. It becomes part of the whole.

  • Reply Puppilalla September 14, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Hello Stephanie thank you for the hard work you put into this for us participants. Your block is lovely and minimalist.

  • Reply Jean McKinstry September 14, 2016 at 4:37 am

    A little look into your world, your family,including the animals,and I LOVE this block, Down here, my days have not been the easiest lately, thankfully better health now, and this is perfect for me to do right now, The grey on the outside offsets those colours ( NZ spelling with a U) so well, and I can see I will make lots, to surround just the one other I have almost finished, the “Porthole” block by Leanne. I chose this, as it reminds me of the dear man I dedicated my blog to, Walter, who served many years in HMS in the navy, and on all seas. Your block will surround this so well. Thank you from New Zealand.

  • Reply Jean McKinstry September 14, 2016 at 4:40 am

    My comment vanished. I love your block, and will make it more than once.

  • Reply Lisa September 14, 2016 at 5:59 am

    You couldn’t have said it better. I’m often drawn to simpler blocks and quilts because of the visual impact and the restful properties. Thanks for sharing the “simple” block . It is very beautiful.

  • Reply Paige September 14, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Stephanie, often times ‘simple’ is the best way! Love your block and thank you for hosting the hop!

  • Reply Carrie wikander September 14, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Yes, it’s simple, but it’s still effective. I can see lots of ideas coming from this one. And those fabrics are just so excellent! Thanks for hosting and sharing!

  • Reply spierssusan September 14, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Love the simplicity of your block-the colors are amazing! Thank you, Susan

  • Reply Jayne September 14, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Sometimes simple is the best way to go! I love the lines, very effective!

  • Reply Leanne Parsons September 14, 2016 at 8:19 am

    You are so right, Stephanie. Sometimes simple is exactly what we need. Your block is both simple and beautiful.

  • Reply Sarah@123quilt September 14, 2016 at 8:44 am

    There is always a time and place for the “simple” things. I often find that after I’ve worked on a complicated project I just need something simple to sew! It helps keep me balanced. I really like your block and I can definitely see myself making it someday.

  • Reply Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl September 14, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I hope that your life can settle down into a nice rhythm, Stephanie, and that there are lots of simple pleasures to fill your day today. Lovely block and thanks so much for continuing to be a co-host with me on these events.

  • Reply Kathy h September 14, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I love the texture of those fabrics. Thanks for the kindness reminder.

  • Reply Jennifer September 14, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Stephanie, I love, love, love the simplicity of your block and look forward to making a mini using it. Thank you so much for helping put this blog hop together, it has been amazing and I learned so much from it.

  • Reply Anja @ Anja Quilts September 14, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Although simple, this is a great block. Hope things settle down for you soon.

  • Reply cheryljbrickey September 14, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I love, love the quilt you made based on the planner cover Stephanie!! It is prefect!!

  • Reply Debra Kay Neiman September 14, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Simple things like learning to quilt is a pleasure when we have bloggers like you. My husband has been going through cancer treatments that meant we had to stay out of the public to protect him from illness. If I didn’t have you wonderful ladies these last two years I don’t think I could have weathered this storm so well. Thank you. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  • Reply The Eclectic Abuela September 14, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I love the “Spread Kindness” entry to the giveaway–the world could use so much more of it.

  • Reply Laura M September 14, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for posting your lovely simple block. Must say that this color palette is one that I love. Kindness to strangers is easy for me. I often “catch the look in the eye” of a person I can see needs kindness and always smile at the very least. I think the little things we can do each day are very important to make this world a better place.

  • Reply K. i M. Jones September 14, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I love the simplicity of these colors and can think of MANY different projects for them – the first being incorporating them ALL into a Bow Tucks Purse! Thanks for sharing your project with us!

  • Reply Stephanie September 14, 2016 at 10:58 am

    This is a really nice block Stephanie. I really enjoyed working with the Cloud9 Fabrics.

  • Reply ioleen kimmel September 14, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Love this simple yet stunning block. Hope life settles down for you. This hop has been amazing!!

  • Reply patty September 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Nice block. I ordered my copy of the planner and can’t wait for it to arrive!

  • Reply Brenda September 14, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I like the way you set up the rafflecopter. We all need to remember to spread a LOT more kindness in this world. We know how good it feels to be on the receiving end, and I believe that what goes around comes around! Like the block.

    • Stephanie Palmer
      Reply Stephanie Palmer September 15, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Thank you, Brenda! It makes me happy to think of all the random acts of kindness among quilters during the day.

  • Reply Amista Baker September 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Love this! It’s such a modern block. And of course the rafflecopter giveaway prompt of spreading kindness is genius. I will be sure to do that today 🙂

  • Reply Liz September 14, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Loved the block..sweet and simple.

  • Reply Abigail @ cut&alter September 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Love this block!! Thanks for all your support and encouragement throughout the New Quilt Bloggers group and this blog hop. It’s really wonderful to be given such great opportunities.

  • Reply Lori Smanski September 14, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    your block is wonderful. yup, there are many times we just need simple. thanks for sharing. hope things change around soon for you

  • Reply Mary September 14, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I like your block and many of the other ones I’ve seen. I didn’t find the links to the 70 blocks.

  • Reply Susan September 14, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Love the block…and loved seeing Cascading Colorways “out in the wild” in the promo for the Quilter’s Planner! Such a happy, colorful design!

  • Reply Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co. September 15, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Perfectly simple and stunning! I really love your arrangement of colors with the strip of Sky in the center. Beautiful work! Thanks so much for helping host the hop – it’s been fantastic!

  • Reply Rosemary September 15, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Love your quilt block, very simple yet awesome! The colors are gorgeous.

  • Reply Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter September 18, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Such a lovely simply little block!

  • Reply Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats September 23, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Hi, Stephanie! I was out of town during the block hop week and am just stating Wednesday’s blog posts. I have a new appreciation for designers now after having completed my block for this hop! I love all the creativity out there. I like your block. You are right, sometimes we just need to sew some simple seams without doing a lot of thinking. Lately, I ‘ve been doing too much “sewing thinking” so I need to start a project with some straight sewing. Thanks for a great tutorial. Karen

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