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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 10: Parallel

IMG_8945Block 10, you guys! Can you believe we’re halfway through already? This week’s block is Parallel, by Holly of Bijou Lovely. This was a fun one, wasn’t it? I’m always down for some paper piecing, and I’m in love with this design.

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My 10 blocks all together! Love how this is shaping up.

 

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 9: Curves Block

IMG_8872 So, I admit, I thought I wouldn’t enjoy Block 9. It’s beautiful, of course, but I mean, look at all those curves. Ugh, right? But I was pleasantly surprised! These curves aren’t as tight as the ones in the Trail Crossing block, so they’re actually a bit easier to sew, and I had a lot of fun with this one. I still struggled a bit getting things to line up (or at least as close as possible to line up), but eventually I got it close enough. : )

IMG_8873This is also the first time I’ve really deviated from the Summer Sampler quilt block graphics that you’ve all seen. I decided a little color gradient was in order for this block, and went for it. I’m happy I did! I love how it turned out.

Can’t wait to see everyone’s Curves Blocks on Instagram, under the hashtag #summersampler2016. And if you want to join us in making the Summer Sampler 2016, you still can! In fact, you could even start in the middle and catch back up on the blocks you missed later—we’re laid back like that. : ) Click here to subscribe to Summer Sampler 2016 – all new subscribers get immediate access to all blocks that have already been released.

 

Brand New Website

Notice anything different around here?

I’ve been working for the past several weeks to completely overhaul my website, and it’s finally here! Poke around and check it out, I think you’ll love it. I know I do.

My goal for this new website was a cleaner look, easier navigation, and a better comments system for you all. I think I’ve gotten all three of those things! One item worth noting: The first time you comment on this new site, you will be asked to log in, and your comment will require my approval. But once I’ve approved one comment of yours, then you can comment on all future blog posts without needing my approval first.

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 8: Deck of Cards

Welcome to Week 8 of Summer Sampler 2016, and happy Independence Day to those of you in the U.S.! I’ll be spending my day hosting our usual Fourth of July bash, but before I commence partying, let’s check out this week’s block!

This one comes to us from Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts. As you can see, we’re making a few half-square triangles this week. LOL. But don’t worry, because Lynne has a quick and easy way to make super accurate half-square triangles—without trimming! We’re using templates this week instead. It’s all explained in this week’s block instructions (and of course, the templates are there as well). This is one of my favorite ways of making HSTs, so I hope you all enjoy it as well.

And the resulting block is just gorgeous! I could see about a million uses and variations on a block like this. I can’t wait to see what you all do with it, under the #summersampler2016 hashtag.

All together now—we’re really getting there!

Want to join in the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt-along? You still can! Just click here to subscribe. New subscribers will receive immediate access to all the blocks that have already been released, so you’ll be caught up in no time. (Or not. No pressure!)

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 7: Trail Crossing

Welcome to week 7 of Summer Sampler 2016! This week, it’s my block we’re making!

This is Trail Crossing—I think it makes great use of curved piecing for a nice, geometric design. And I love the fact that this block gives all of you who are using prints a good chance to show some of those prints off!

While the curved piecing in this block really isn’t any more difficult than the first block we did with curves (Snow Cone), there is a lot of it this week. So settle in. LOL. Beyond the curved piecing though, this block is ridiculously simple, so it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. Just be sure to follow the seam-pressing directions for seams that nest neatly and line up more easily. Also, don’t forget to square up each of the four quarter-blocks!

Want to make your own Trail Crossing block? It’s never too late to join us! Click here to subscribe to Summer Sampler 2016. Those who subscribe now get immediate access to all 7 blocks that have already been released, and of course will be on the schedule for the rest of the blocks that are released going forward. For those who are already on board, so glad you’re enjoying it – see you back here next week for Block 8!

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 6: Corner Canyon

This week’s Summer Sampler 2016 block: Corner Canyon by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter! This is such a lovely, fun block and easier than it looks!

My tip on this block: Be sure to square up the units as stated in the directions, because all of them finish a bit large. Squaring them up perfectly is easy as long as you have a square ruler with a diagonal line through the middle!

And here are all six of my blocks together now. I’m really happy with how the full collection is looking! Still want to join in Summer Sampler 2016? You can subscribe right here—all subscribers will get immediate access to all the blocks that have already been released, plus the weekly block patterns from here on out.

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 5: Sugarhouse

I can’t believe it’s week five already of Summer Sampler! We’re already one-quarter done! Crazy!

This week’s block is by Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt. It was a nice, fun, simple one after curves and paper-piecing the previous two weeks.

Now that it’s done, the deep colors are looking a little heavy compared to the rest of my blocks, but I think it will be balanced out in the end, when all 20 blocks are done.

My tip for this week: When you’re sewing your flying geese units into the rest of the block, don’t forget that you want that seam to hit right at the tip of the triangle, as shown below.

Want to join in Summer Sampler 2016? It’s not too late, there’s still 15 more blocks you can do in real time! (And of course, those who purchase now will get immediate access to all previously released blocks.) Click here to purchase, and happy sewing!

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 4: X Spot

Hey! Here’s another Summer Sampler block for ya! This one is called X Spot, and it’s by Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts.

After tackling curves for the first time last week, this week we’re taking on our first paper-pieced block. If you haven’t done any paper-piecing before, no worries—this is a type of string block, which is literally the easiest thing you can possibly paper-piece!

But if this is your first time paper-piecing, you may want to check out this beginning paper-piecing tutorial by Faith to get you started. And over on the Bernina website, here is my very favorite paper-piecing tip ever, which will smooth the way even more!

Until next week! And don’t forget to check the Instagram hashtag #summersampler2016 to see what everyone else is doing with this seriously fun block!

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 3: Snow Cone

 

It’s week 3 of Summer Sampler 2016! This week we’re tackling curved piecing with the adorable Snow Cone block by Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft.

First, I just want to give a shout-out to everyone doing the SS16 quilt-along, especially all the beginners! We have many people in the Summer Sampler 2016 Facebook group (open to Summer Sampler 2016 subscribers only) who have never done curved piecing before, and you guys are killing it! It does my heart good to see all of these people bravely taking on new skills and learning as they go. If that sounds like something you would like to do, there’s still time to join! New subscribers get immediate access to all three of the blocks that have been released so far, and then will receive all the future blocks each Monday along with everyone else. : ) Click here to subscribe!

 

At any rate, here’s my snow cone (and the rest of the blocks we’ve made so far). I think it must be lime flavor. : ) When I finished sewing this, I wanted a Slurpee, for real.

My tips this week: 

 

Don’t forget to print your templates from the PDF at 100% size, no scaling! This is something I’m constantly warning people about, and wouldn’t you know it, I made that very mistake on this block. (Fortunately, it’s easy to compensate with this block by just cutting the border pieces a bit larger.)

And if you’re new to curved piecing, check out this video by Angela Pingel of Cut to Pieces. This is probably the best video I’ve seen showing how to sew a Drunkard’s Path block (which is essentially what the top of the snow cone is in this block).

I’m really enjoying seeing everyone’s progress! Don’t forget to check out #summersampler2016 on Instagram to see the twists other people have put on their blocks.

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 2: Summer Slice

It’s our second week of blocks for Summer Sampler 2016! This week, we’re making “Summer Slice” by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew.

This was such a fun, deceptively simple block to make. Although it looks like a lot of seams, relatively few of them actually have to line up. LOL.

And you could do some really interesting things with color and value in this block. In fact, Allison is showing the block in several other color schemes today on her blog. Amazing how different this block can look with just a few small changes!

There’s still plenty of time to join the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt-along! Although we’re now on week 2, you can buy the full block-of-the-week subscription and get immediate access to all of the blocks that have already been released. And going forward you’ll receive emails to download a new block each and every Monday, along with the rest of us!

And as always, check out the #summersampler2016 to see how everyone else is doing with their blocks! I’ve been so impressed by what you all have done so far!