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2017 Summer Sampler: Summer Star Medallion

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That’s right! Last year’s Summer Sampler block-of-the-week program was such a hit, we knew we had to bring it back again this year! This time around, we’ve got something really special for you guys: Our Summer Star Medallion. Seventeen gorgeous star blocks in two sizes, and this fun medallion/sampler layout—and it’s available for pre-order starting today!

summersampler2017logoscreenresIf you didn’t participate in Summer Sampler 2016, here’s the lowdown: I’ve joined my book co-authors Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts and Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt, plus five of your other favorite designers, to create a block-of-the-week program. We’ll release a beautiful new block pattern each week, starting May 15 and running through Sept. 4—17 blocks total. Faith, Katie, myself, and all of YOU will make the blocks together all summer long! Then on Sept. 11, subscribers will receive complete instructions to finish the quilt as shown, including the Sawtooth Star and Flying Geese “filler blocks,” and the border.

You can pre-order Summer Sampler 2017 for a special pre-order price of just $19.99. That’s just $19.99 total, for all 17 blocks! Starting May 15, the price goes up to $24.99, so don’t miss out on the chance to save! (European Union customers: You can purchase Summer Sampler 2017 and all my other patterns through my Etsy shop. Click here to purchase.)

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As you can see, it’s a really fun, unusual design that looks great in all sorts of color combinations, from the ultra-modern to very traditional. Last year we had a wonderful (and large!) community of quilters making the quilt along with us, and the community aspect of it made it even more fun for everyone. I hope you all will join us again this year. Click here to order now, or scroll down for more details – can’t wait to sew with you all this summer!

Summer Sampler 2017 includes:
• A new block delivered to your email every Monday, starting May 15, 2017, through Sept. 4, 2017
• Fully tested PDF instructions for each block in both 12″ and 6″ finished sizes
• Quilt mock-up coloring sheet for planning
• Full instructions, fabric requirements, and suggested Kona Solids colors for our Star Medallion Sampler layout
• Access to a subscriber-only Facebook group to interact with other quilters and the designers

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More about Summer Sampler 2017 skill level and techniques:
• The different blocks vary in skill level, with some being simpler, while others are more advanced. I would say the overall skill level of all 17 blocks is intermediate—but if that’s not you, don’t be afraid to try it! We’ll include lots of links to tutorials for the techniques involved, so it’s a great skill-builder! And I’m planning to blog a tip for each week’s block the day of the pattern release.
• You will need to make 9 of the blocks at 12″ size, and 8 of them at 6″ size. We’ll include instructions for BOTH sizes every week, so it’s up to you which blocks you make in which sizes. Those 6″ blocks will help you hone your tiny-piecing skills!
• Several of the blocks are paper-pieced, while others use traditional piecing. The good news is, no curved piecing this year! : )

The Summer Sampler 2017 blocks were designed by:

Holly DeGroot – @bijoulovely
www.bijoulovely.com

Karen Lewis – @karenlewistextiles
www.karenlewistextiles.com

Lynne Goldsworthy – @lilysquilts
lilysquilts.blogspot.com

AnneMarie Chany – @genxquilters
www.genxquilters.com

Kelly Bowser – @kelbysews
www.kelbysews.com

Lee Heinrich – @freshlypieced
www.freshlypieced.com

Faith Jones – @freshlemonsquilts
www.freshlemonsquilts.com

Katie Blakesley – @swimbikequilt
www.swimbikequilt.com

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Scrappy Picnic Plaid Sew-Along Happening Now!

Scrappy Picnic Plaid Sew-Along begins this week!

Quilt-along alert: If you’ve been wanting to make my Scrappy Picnic Plaid pattern, now’s your chance! @thequiltersplanner is running a sew-along on Instagram over the next few months. Visit the #QP2016SewAlong hashtag on Instagram to see more!

Scrappy Picnic Plaid sew-along begins this week! This pattern originally appeared in the 2016 Quilter’s Planner, which is now sold out (although the 2017 Quilter’s Planner is available now!) So for those of you who have the 2016 Planner, bonus—you’ve already got the pattern! But even if you don’t have the Planner, you can still participate, because for the first time, I’m making the pattern available for everyone else! Click here to purchase it in my pattern shop.

Scrappy Picnic Plaid sew-along begins this week!

Best of all, this is a sew-along with PRIZES! For every photo you post on Instagram tagged @thequiltersplanner and #QP2016SewAlong, you will be entered into the running for giveaways along the way! They’ve got fantastic prizes lined up from HandiquilterAurifil ThreadThreadcutterzThe Quilter’s Planner, and Stephanie at Late Night Quilter!

I can’t wait to see what you all do with this pattern!

Here’s the complete Scrappy Picnic Plaid Sew-Along schedule:

Week 1: Oct. 24-30

Get the pattern! You have one week to get your hands on the Scrappy Picnic Plaid pattern so that you can sew along with us! Find it right in the Patterns section of your 2016 Quilter’s Planner, or buy the pattern HERE if you do not have a 2016 Planner (be sure to order your 2017 Planner now so you don’t miss out on next year’s fun!) Share the graphic on Instagram to show the world you’re in on the Sew-Along, using hashtag #QP2016SewAlong !! (Note that the more photos you share and tag on Instagram, the more entries you have to win prizes along the way!)

Week 2: Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Choose your fabrics. Dig through your scraps, visit your local quilt shop, or swap with a friend. No matter your methods, gather your fabrics and show us what you’ll be sewing with! Scrappy or solids? Holiday prints or rainbow fun? Post a photo of your fabric choices on Instagram tagging #QP2016SewAlong!

November 7th – GIVEAWAY #1

Week 3: Nov. 7-13

Cutting. Post photos on Instagram showing your cutting progress, tagged with #QP2016SewAlong.

November 14th – GIVEAWAY #1

Week 4 and 5: Nov. 14-27

Sewing together the blocks and quilt top. You’ll have 2 weeks to sew your blocks and piece your quilt top! We will be sharing progress and encouragement on @thequiltersplanner Instagram feed, and look forward to sewing along with you! Again, post photos on Instagram showing your piecing progress, tagged with #QP2016SewAlong to enter the giveaways.

November 28th – GIVEAWAY #3

Week 6 and 7: Nov. 28-Dec. 11

Quilting and finishing. You’ll have 2 weeks to quilt and finish your Scrappy Picnic Plaid quilt, and we will be cheering you on!

December 12th – GIVEAWAY #4

Week 8: Dec. 12-16

Final Link Up. You will have one extra week to finish up any final touches needed to complete your quilt and get the perfect photo of your completely finished and quilted Scrappy Picnic Plaid quilt on Instagram, tagging #QP2016SewAlongFINISH to be entered to win the Grand Prize!

December 17th – GRAND PRIZE

Winner chosen from finished projects tagged #QP2016SewAlongFINISH!

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Summer Sampler Block 12: Around the Corner

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It’s August already, and we’re on block 12? How did that happen? At any rate, it’s another great design this week—this one is called Around the Corner, and it’s by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew.

It’s a pretty straightforward block, which is nice after a few weeks of tougher ones! And I love the arrows and the movement they give this block.

Don’t forget, you can still join Summer Sampler 2016 – click here to subscribe! And if you want to see what everybody else is doing with Around the Corner, check out the #summersampler2016 hashtag on Instagram.

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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 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. 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!

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 1: Turkey Vulture

Today’s the day: We’re kicking off Summer Sampler 2016! Every Monday, all summer long, those of you who have signed up for the Summer Sampler 2016 subscription will receive a link to download full instructions for a new block. The blocks are by Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts, Katie of Swim Bike Quilt, myself, and seven of our bestest blogger friends, and we’ll be sewing right along with you as we go. After all of the block instructions have been delivered, you’ll get patterns for three different sampler quilt options using the blocks we’ve been making together. Faith, Katie, and I have been blown away by the response to this quilt-along and are really looking forward to a summer of sewing with all of you!

This week’s block is called Turkey Vulture, by AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters. AnneMarie is the queen of samplers—she’s run a popular Block-of-the-Month program for the last several years, and she recently wrote the fab sampler book, Sister Sampler Quilts. So we knew she’d be a great designer to contribute to Summer Sampler 2016! And Turkey Vulture might be one of my favorite blocks in the series.

Selecting the fabric for my blocks ended up being a pretty easy choice: I decided to emulate the digital mock-up we made of all of the Summer Sampler 2016 blocks. I figured the mock-up was appealing enough that one of us should go ahead and make it a reality. LOL. And those are the colors that tend to call out to me anyway—I actually already had on hand most of the solids that coordinate to the digital colors we used. (I know, you’re shocked that I had aqua and teal in my solids collection, right? SHOCKED.)

So here’s my Turkey Vulture block, done up in yummy solids inspired by our mock-up. This block was not difficult, and I absolutely love the pixelated look of the center. My advice is to be sure to keep the color choices in that center unit random, yet balanced—don’t be afraid to play around with the layout of those little squares until they’re perfect.

It’s not too late to join in the Summer Sampler 2016 fun! Click here to purchase your subscription. No matter when you buy, all previously-released files will become available to download immediately, and you’ll automatically receive a link to download the new patterns each Monday going forward. We also have a fun and busy Facebook group which is available only to subscribers! (Customers in the European Union should click here to purchase.)For those of you who have already subscribed, you should have already received an email with a link to download this week’s block! If you did not receive it, please check your junk/spam folder. And don’t forget to hashtag your Instagram photos #summersampler2016 (or just click here to check out what everybody else is making!)