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The Quilt Block Cookbook

Block by Freshly Pieced, from the Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson  I tend to love quilting books that not only provide gorgeous patterns, but also give readers the tools to get creative with those patterns and put their own spin on them. In fact, that was one of the goals Katie, Faith, and I had when we wrote our own book, Vintage Quilt Revival. So I knew Amy Gibson‘s newest book, The Quilt Block Cookbook, was going to be right up my alley.

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson

The Quilt Block Cookbook features 50(!) blocks, 7 sampler quilts made from those blocks, and a ton of design inspiration, all wrapped up in a beautiful package, so it’s a lot of bang for your buck. All of the block designs are mixed-and-matched from a variety of building-block units—a very cool concept that expands the possibilities far beyond even the 50 blocks that are in the book. And as usual with Amy’s books, the photography and styling is so gorgeous, that alone makes the book worth the price!

 

Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson

There are a lot of blocks in the book that I love, but for some reason I was especially drawn to this one, Windsong. But because I never like to do things exactly the way I’m supposed to, I decided to drop the corner units in favor of a more minimalist look. Thanks to Amy’s block-recipe concept, that was very easy to do! This really is a flexible book, and I love how my blocks turned out.

Block by Freshly Pieced, from the Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson

I ended up making six of these yesterday, so all of a sudden I’ve got pretty good start on a baby quilt! Now all I need is a girl baby to give it to. : ) Check out the Quilt Block Cookbook on Amazon!

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 15: Sunbeam

IMG_8983 We’re in the final days of summer at my house, as my kids are getting ready to go back to school next week. But don’t despair, fall is miles away on the Summer Sampler 2016 calendar! We’re only three-quarters of the way through our 20 blocks, and it’s my turn as your designer this week!

I’m calling this one Sunbeam. All you Summer Samplers should be getting pretty darn good at square-in-square and flying geese units by now, so I thought I’d give you a few more of them. : )

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The result is a fun, radiating block that’s actually pretty easy and quick to put together. And with lots of possibilities for a larger quilt design.

Still want to join in the Summer Sampler fun? Don’t worry, you’ll get all 13 previously-released blocks immediately, plus the 7 remaining blocks delivered to your email inbox every Monday! Click here to subscribe.

And as always, check the #summersampler2016 hashtag to see everyone else’s beautiful blocks!

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 14: Piccolo Park

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I’m a little late with this one, but it’s a beauty, so I hope you’ll forgive me! This is Block 14 of Summer Sampler 2016, Piccolo Park by Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt.

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I expected this block to be insanely complicated. And it was complicated, but fortunately not insanely so. : ) Lots of cutting and lots of little pieces, but the pieces is actually pretty standard when it comes down to it.

Still want to join in the Summer Sampler fun? Don’t worry, you’ll get all 13 previously-released blocks immediately, plus the 7 remaining blocks delivered to your email inbox every Monday! Click here to subscribe.

And as always, check the #summersampler2016 hashtag to see everyone else’s beautiful blocks!

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 13: Diamond Ladder

IMG_8967 This week’s Summer Sampler block! It’s a skill-builder block, courtesy of Faith at Fresh Lemons Quilts. : )

Half-square triangles and a few flying geese—that’s it! But of course those are both units that you see in quilt designs over and over again, so it’s always good to get in some more practice.

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And somehow, these simple shapes add up to a unique design. One of the things I love so much about a block like this!

Still want to join in the Summer Sampler fun? Don’t worry, you’ll get all 13 previously-released blocks immediately, plus the 7 remaining blocks delivered to your email inbox every Monday! Click here to subscribe.

And as always, check the #summersampler2016 hashtag to see everyone else’s beautiful blocks!

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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.

IMG_8963 All 12 of mine together! Just 8 more to go!

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 11: Ombré Cross

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This week’s Summer Sampler block: Ombré Cross by AnnMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters. This one might be my new favorite! Although I say that every week, don’t I? : )

I really do love this block. The tiny piecing in the center might seem a little intimidating, but it actually came together very nicely for me. And of course, this block features color gradients, so you know I’m all over that. LOL.

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Here are my 11 blocks all together. We’ll be done before you know it! But yes, you can still subscribe and get instructions for all of these blocks, plus nine more in the coming weeks! Click here to subscribe. And don’t forget to check out the gorgeous blocks being posted on Instagram under the #summersampler2016 hashtag!

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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.

 

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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!