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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.

 

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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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WIP Wednesday: Sewtopiated

Happy Wednesday! I hope you all are making as much progress on your to-do lists as I am! Yay for productivity. : )

I think it’s thanks to a wonderful weekend spent hanging out at the Drake Hotel in Chicago for Sewtopia. I had such a great time at this retreat! If you have a chance to go to one in the future, I can’t recommend it enough. (The Sewtopia crew just announced that the next one will be in Atlanta! Woot!) I roomed with Angela of Cut To Pieces and Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts, and the three of us had waaaaay too much fun together. It was simultaneously exhausting and refreshing. : )

The weekend included classes with a couple of truly amazing and inspiring ladies—Rita of Red Pepper Quilts and Latifah of Latifah Saafir Studios. I wasn’t sure I would ever get a chance to meet Rita, since she comes all the way from Australia, so I feel lucky to have taken a class with her, and she is so adorable, sweet, and talented! We learned her Kansas Dugout quilt block, which includes lots of Y-seams, but came together surprisingly well.

With Latifah, we made her fabulous Molehills quilt. Curves aren’t exactly my thing, but again, the blocks came together so much more easily than I expected! Latifah is an amazing teacher—please take a class from her if you have the opportunity. My favorite thing about both of this weekend’s classes was that the projects were way outside of my comfort zone, so I probably would not have been willing to tackle them on my own.

Hopefully you’ll be seeing more of my versions of both of these after Quilt Market is done and I finally have time for some “me” sewing again. : )

Today’s WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Cuts of Cotton!  Cuts of Cotton currently has the Doe and Architextures collections available, plus some gorgeous Blender Bundles!


COUPON CODE: This week, Cuts of Cotton is offering my readers 30% off anything in the shop! Wow, can’t pass up that deal, now, can you? : ) Just use code “Fresh30” at checkout. Thank you, Cuts of Cotton! And we know how to thank them for sponsoring WIP Wednesday, right? Go buy something! : )

And what are you working on? Let’s see it!

LINK-UP RULES:

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

 

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Accurate Curved Piecing: A Video and a Giveaway

If curved piecing worries you (and let’s face it, it worries everybody), what you just might need is for somebody to talk you through it. And who better to talk you through curved piecing than Angela Pingel, author of the book A Quilter’s Mixology?

 

Angela has a new video class out from Interweave Publishing, “Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing,” that will help you tackle those curves. Angela makes curved piecing feel remarkably easy with her helpful explanations and techniques, so she’ll have you piecing gorgeous curves in no time at all.

 

Cutting the fabric, pinning the pieces, sewing the units and trimming them are all covered in this video. I love Angela’s one-pin curve-sewing method from A Quilter’s Mixology, so it was great to be able to see that method demonstrated so clearly. And the hints Angela gives for making the curve-piecing process both faster and more accurate are invaluable.

Angela’s book focuses entirely on Drunkard’s Path blocks, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that her video class covers not only Drunkard’s Path units, but many other types of curved units as well. Among the units Angela teaches in this video are apple core and clamshell designs—both of which I’ve long had on my quilting bucket list for a long time.

Angela even covers improvisational curves and shows off a curved-block sampler at the end of the video. It’s really amazing how much this video covers, and it’s so fun and inspiring to see how versatile curved piecing truly is.

You can hop over to the Interweave store to purchase Angela’s video—it’s available as a download or on hard-copy DVD. I hope you’ll check it out, along with the other stops on the Curved Piecing blog hop!

 

Feb 1: Lynne Goldsworthy http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/
Feb 2: Jennifer Mathis http://ellisonlane.com/
Feb 5: Lee Heinrich http://www.freshlypieced.com/
And guess what: Angela and Interweave are giving away a copy of the DVD to one lucky winner. This giveaway is open to USA readers only. To enter to win a copy, leave a comment on this post. I’ll draw a winner next week. Good luck! This giveaway is now closed.
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WIP Wednesday: A Solid Plan

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Whew, for the first time in weeks, I’m finally feeling relief from a hundred deadlines breathing down my neck. In fact, I might actually be getting caught up. Maybe. Knock on wood.

This week, I spent some time planning my Modern Solids Challenge quilt, using Denyse Schmidt’s Modern Solids for Free Spirit.

After a lot of hemming and hawing about my design, I’ve finally got a plan and I’ve started cutting fabric. More on my Modern Solids Challenge quilt tomorrow!

My Flower Power quilt in Heather Ross’s Far Far Away 2 fabric line is coming along nicely. This quilt has been promised to my 5-year-old, but as I said on Instagram, I am mighty tempted to steal it away from her! Hop over to my guest post yesterday on Sara’s blog, Sew Sweetness, for more details about this quilt, which is from the book A Quilter’s Mixology by Angela Pingel.

And finally, I’m thinking about doing a sew-along for my newest pattern, Fair Isle. What say you, blog peeps, any interest? Would that motivate you to finish it in time for Christmas? : ) At any rate, today is the last day the Fair Isle pattern is on sale! Tomorrow it goes up to its usual price of $7.99 for the PDF pattern (hard-copy patterns are coming soon). So if you’re interested in a potential sew-along, don’t miss out!

Today’s WIP Wednesday is sponsored by Cuts of Cotton. Be sure to check out Cuts of Cotton’s amazing Bundles page! They’ve got a super fun Halloween bundle here, Elizabeth Hartman’s new seasonal Kona Solids bundles (Summer, Autumn, and Winter—all so yummy), and much more! And did you know that Cuts of Cotton is now on Instagram? Follow them @cutsofcotton.

20% OFF COUPON CODE: Cuts of Cotton owner Emily was kind enough to share a 20% off discount with all my readers, now through Sunday, Sept. 21! Just head over to Cuts of Cotton and enter code “pieced” at checkout to get a bargain on all those fabulous bundles. Now go show Cuts of Cotton the love for helping make WIP Wednesday possible!

And now, what are you working on this week? Here’s how to link up:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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A Quilter’s Mixology: My Flower Power Quilt

Hey there! I’m posting over at Sew Sweetness today as part of the Quilter’s Mixology Sew Along. Yes, I’ve been sewing curves! And I even liked it! Head over to Sara’s blog to read all about my “Flower Power” quilt from Angela Pingel’s book, A Quilter’s Mixology.

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WIP Wednesday: Christmas In September

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
I feel like I’m juggling about a hundred balls in the air right now, so let’s get right to it, shall we? : )

By the time you read this, my Nordic Christmas quilt will be D-O-N-E. Pattern coming very soon!

And I really love how my Quilter’s Mixology
quilt is coming together. A certain member of my family is going to freak when she sees this.

This WIP Wednesday is brought to you by LiMaSews. LiMaSews offers fabric and long-arm quilting services. It’s one-stop shopping, you guys! Owner Linh is so sweet, and does beautiful long-arm work—she’s ready to help you with all of your quilting needs.

GIVEAWAY: Linh is generously offering a $50 gift certificate to one of my WIP readers, good for either long-arm services or fabric in Linh’s Etsy shop! Just link up your own WIPs below for one chance to win, and/or like LiMaSews on Facebook and comment here that you’ve done so for second chance to win.

COUPON CODE FOR 15% OFF: But wait, that’s not all! Linh is also offering you all 15% off any purchase in the fabric shop, through Monday! Just enter code FRESH2014 at checkout. She’s got Heather Ross’s Far Far Away 2 and one of my recent favorites, Grey Abbey by Cloud 9. If you like WIP Wednesday, so give Linh’s shop some love! : )

What are you working on this week? Here’s how to link up:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!