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Mega Sampler Quilt-Along!

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So, my Summer Sampler 2017 is done, but I’m feeling a little lost without a regular weekly block to make. Lol. So Katie and I decided to take on another sampler project! Remember this mock-up that Faith made? Yes, Katie and I are doing it! And we hope you’ll join in our insanity (or at least watch it unfold!).

This mock-up is EVERY SUMMER SAMPLER BLOCK that Katie, Faith, and I have put out, over the course of three Summer Sampler patterns—2011 (the original quilt-along), 2016, and 2017. It’s 49 blocks in all! When I saw them all together like this, I knew I needed to do it.

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And so we are: One block a week. Who’s in?

Hopefully most of you already have the Summer Sampler patterns! If not, they are available here. And for a limited time, if you order two or more Summer Sampler patterns, we’ll give you $5 off. Just enter the promo code “MEGA” at check-out. (Please note that the 2011 blocks are also available for free in blog posts—click here for links to all the posts—or you can purchase the 2011 blocks in one convenient PDF.)

My plan is to just post the blocks as I finish them on my Instagram feed, which you can follow here. I’m starting the week of Oct. 16—the schedule for the first several months is below. I’ll be posting my blocks under the #megaquiltalong hashtag and I hope you will too! You can also post your blocks in the Summer Sampler Facebook groups (the Facebook groups are available to verified pattern purchasers only), and I’m sure I’ll be updating you on my progress here occasionally as well.

MEGA QUILT-ALONG SCHEDULE
(The first several months of it, anyway.)

Week of Oct. 16
Star of Virginia (by Katie Blakesley, Swim Bike Quilt)
Summer Sampler 2011, Block 1

Week of Oct. 23
Turkey Vulture (by AnneMarie Chany, Gen X Quilters)
Summer Sampler 2016, Block 1

Week of Oct. 30
Millcreek Star (by Katie Blakesley, Swim Bike Quilt)
Summer Sampler 2017, Block 1

Week of Nov. 6
Greek Cross (by Faith Jones, Fresh Lemons Quilts)
Summer Sampler 2011, Block 2

Week of Nov. 13
Summer Slice (by Allison Harris, Cluck Cluck Sew)
Summer Sampler 2016, Block 2

Week of Nov. 20
Tilted Star (by Karen Lewis, Karen Lewis Textiles)
Summer Sampler 2017, Block 2

Week of Nov. 27
Mosaic (by Lee Heinrich, Freshly Pieced)
Summer Sampler 2011, Block 3

Week of Dec. 4
Snow Cone (by Nicole Daksiewicz, Modern Handcraft)
Summer Sampler 2016, Block 3

Week of Dec. 11
Celestial Star (by Holly DeGroot, Bijou Lovely)
Summer Sampler 2017, Block 3

Week of Dec. 18
Flower Garden Path (by Katie Blakesley, Swim Bike Quilt)
Summer Sampler 2011, Block 4

Week of Jan. 1, 2018
X Spot (by Faith Jones, Fresh Lemons Quilts)
Summer Sampler 2016, Block 4

Week of Jan. 8
Rosetta Star (by Lee Heinrich, Freshly Pieced)
Summer Sampler 2017, Block 4

Week of Jan. 15
Star Block (by Faith Jones, Fresh Lemons Quilts)
Summer Sampler 2011, Block 5

Week of Jan. 22
Sugarhouse (by Katie Blakesley, Swim Bike Quilt)
Summer Sampler 2016, Block 5

Week of Jan. 29
Alchemy (by AnneMarie Chany, Gen X Quilters)
Summer Sampler 2017, Block 5

 

 

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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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A Scrappy Take On My Picnic Plaid Pattern

Color gradients. Remember when I said I wasn’t going to go there anymore?

 

 

Yeah, I went there. Again. I couldn’t help it, you guys! Gradients: So colorful. So orderly. So appealing to both the left and right sides of my brain. : )
So this is my latest addition to my always expanding collection of color-gradient quilts. : ) This is a scrappy version of my Picnic Plaid pattern (available here).
Here’s a shot of the original Picnic Plaid quilt. The original is strip-pieced in a narrower color palette, but I’ve had the urge to make it scrappier for some time now. So when Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter asked me if I would want to contribute a pattern to her 2016 Quilter’s Planner, it was the perfect opportunity to create modified instructions for a scrappier version of that design. (Sadly, the 2016 Quilter’s Planner is now sold out! Sorry!)

Of course, Steph was nice enough to quilt this one for me, and worked her usual magic on it. I’ve always loved this loopy quilting pattern, and now I finally have a quilt that makes use of it!

This quilt has what might be my favorite print ever for a quilt back: Zen Chic‘s “Notes” print in Charcoal on Fog. The binding is an older Zen Chic print called Barcelona. You can see a chunk of that print in the piecing above as well. I was really feeling the Zen Chic that day, I guess. : )

Regardless of which version of Picnic Plaid you prefer, it’s yet another great demonstration of how much print and color can change the look of any given design. Fun!
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WIP Wednesday: Last One?

Okay you guys. Let’s have a little truth this Wednesday morning.

My truth is: I’m burned out on WIP Wednesday. I’ve been doing this link-up week in and week out for five years now (gasp, where has the time gone??). And while I’ve loved having the link-up and it really put my blog (and business) on the map, in the last year or so I’ve felt like I’ve been phoning it in a bit. There was a time when my Wednesday deadline helped my stay on track to have something to post, but for whatever reason, it’s just not motivating me anymore. Instead, lately it hangs over my head like a mid-week anvil over Wile E. Coyote. LOL.

Still, it’s a scary thing to say, “I’m done with this.” As I said, it’s been a huge part of my life for more than five years now. Without it, will my blog traffic drop off? Will I lose pattern sales? Will I lose sponsors? Will my motivation drop even further? Am I crazy to walk away from the single most popular feature on my blog?

So here’s my decision (at least for now): I am temporarily suspending WIP Wednesday after this week. I’m going to take two months off and see how things go. What I’m hoping is that not having WIP Wednesday to worry about will actually free me up to do more quality blog posts. I can post about what I want, when I’m ready to, instead of always posting these short, ineffective mid-week check-ins. So, no, I’m not going anywhere! There will continue to be content here on the blog (potentially even more content), so I hope you won’t go anywhere either! I’m also hoping this will allow me to post more frequently on Instagram, now that I don’t have to “save” progress photos for Wednesdays. LOL. So be sure to follow me on IG to supplement what you see here.

When the two months are up, if not having WIP Wednesday has been a success for me and I’m feeling good about my blog and my blogging habits without it, then I think I will be done with it permanently. But I selfishly want to see how I feel about not having this in my life anymore before I make a final decision. I hope you all will bear with me while I do that. I hope to have a final decision in early April about whether WIP Wednesday will be back on this blog.

Okay, whew. I’m glad we had this talk. : ) In closing, let me just say that I am so grateful to every one of you who has ever linked up, or clicked on any of the links in order to discover new blogs and projects—you have made WIP Wednesday what it is. And let’s all have one more amazing Wednesday link-up before the hiatus begins! Just for fun, I’m going to leave this WIP Wednesday link-up open for a whole week, so you’ll have plenty of time to add yours! Show us what you’re working on by linking up below, and have a wonderful week!

(P.S. The photos in this post are my Scrappy Picnic Plaid pattern from Stephanie Palmer’s Quilter’s Planner. Full post on this quilt coming tomorrow!!)

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 “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag your IG post #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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WIP Wednesday: Still Scraptastic

Good morning! Yes, I’m still plugging away at that scrap quilt that I started last week. This is going to be a scrappy version of my Picnic Plaid pattern (which was just about as un-scrappy as it could be in its previous incarnation on the pattern cover).

I had been planning to do this new version in a full rainbow of scraps, as you can see from this photo.
But then I took the photo at the top of the post. And I thought, oh no—that looks amazing! Which means I want to do it in this color palette instead! Of course, changing the palette would require redoing some of the blocks I already started. But I just feel like maybe I’ve returned to the rainbow well one too many times. So, is it worth the work to redo it? Do I have time? Tune in next week to find out. LOL.

Okay, so what are you working on this week? 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 “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag your IG post #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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WIP Wednesday: Another Scrappy Start

Good morning! Along with my back-to-school quilt, I started another scrappy quilt this week. At some point I really need to stop starting things and start finishing them. And that point will need to be soon, since I have some deadlines coming up!
Okay, so what are you working on this week? 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 “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag your IG post #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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WIP Wednesday: Scrap-Happy

Happy Wednesday! Here’s what’s happening in my studio this week:

Lately I’ve been itching to make a something extra-crazy-scrappy, so I’ve started sorting through my scraps. I’m running out of room in the scrap bins, so I need to use up as many of these as possible! I had considered an Irish Chain, but now I’m thinking about something that will give more real estate to the scraps. Maybe just a simple postage stamp quilt? Hmmm.

Still working on the kaleidoscopes. Oh, yes. Still. : )

And I got my hands on this book recently, so I’m excited to try my hand at some upholstery! Upholstery: A whole new use for fabric. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to try it! In fact, my dining room chairs are in desperate need of a little attention, so a full review of this fun book will be forthcoming.

Okay, 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 “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag your IG post #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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My Block From Irish Chain Quilts


Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog hop for Melissa Corry‘s new book, Irish Chain Quilts!

I had no idea how versatile Irish Chain quilts were before Melissa’s book landed in my mailbox. I guess I thought there was just one way to make an Irish Chain. Thanks to Melissa’s creative interpretations in this book, I’m realizing that Irish Chains have huge design possibilities. And now I’m dying to make a scrappy Irish Chain of my own!

But before I do that, Melissa asked each of us to choose one block to make from her book. She’s going to put all of our blocks together into a big, scrappy charity quilt. So awesome!

I chose the String of Pearls quilt for my block. Everyone participating in the blog hop made their blocks in certain colors, and mine was blue.

This was a really fun, easy, quick block to make, so a scrap Irish Chain quilt should come together great. As you can see, I went pretty scrappy with mine. Can’t wait to see how Melissa’s charity
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To see more blocks and quilt designs from Irish Chain Quilts, check out the other stops on the blog tour:

June 8th –   Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro
June 9th –   Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander + Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th –  Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner + In Color Order – Jeni Baker
June 11th –  Amy’s Creative Side – Amy Ellis + Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo
June 12th –  Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez + Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart
June 15th –  Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich + Christa Quilts – Christa Watson
June 16th –  Moda Cutting Table – Carrie Nelson + Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder
June 17th –  Fresh Lemons – Faith Jones + V and Co.  – Vanessa Christenson
June 18th –  A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell + Stitch This! – Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th –  Happy Quilting – Wrap Up & Grand Prizes
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My Fire Whirl Quilt in Scraps, Inc.

Looking for a way to use up some scraps? Oh, you are? (How did I know that? LOL.) Well, I’ve got a book for you. : )
It’s called Scraps, Inc., and it’s a beautiful compilation packed with scrappy—and modern—quilts. I’m so thrilled to have a quilt of my own in this incredible volume.
My quilt is called Fire Whirl, and, well, it’s a maelstrom of half-square triangles, is what it is. But what better way to put those scraps to use than HSTs?
Also, I’ve got a super sneaky, Thangles-but-better way for you to make all those HSTs. This slick little method requires no squaring up. Let me repeat: Zero squaring up. Sound good? I hope you love this method as much as I do!

I really, really love this quilt. Scrap quilts are always on my to-do list, and there are several other quilts in this book that are calling my name, including these:

My Favorite Things by Amy Ellis

Overcast by April Rosenthal

Richmond by Sherri McConnell (and I admit I’m a little jealous that my quilt didn’t get to hang on that awesome aqua step-ladder thingy!).

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AnneMarie’s Quilt

As you may have already heard, my friend AnneMarie of Gen X Quilters recently added a new member to her family! She had a rough, uncomfortable pregnancy, so Elizabeth, Amy and I decided to get together and surprise her with a little something for the baby. I’m guessing her new little man has plenty of quilts, but you can always use another one made by friends, right? : )

We decided on some basic, bright-colored, fun log-cabin blocks. Each of us made three blocks, and I quilted it.

I put some of my favorite little-boy prints on the back—the brown and blue plaid from Katie Jump Rope, a Pezzy print, and a few others.

I’ve been wanting to improve my straight-line quilting, so I opted for straight lines on the diagonal across the quilt. I recently got a new walking foot that has this quilting guide on it—why didn’t I know about this little doohickey before?? It makes straight-line quilting so much easier, no marking necessary! I just marked the center diagonal and used the guide to work my way out from there. The only problem with using a quilting guide like this is if you get a little crooked or curvy on one line, all the lines after that will be the same, because you’re always using the previous line as your guide. In fact, the flaws might even be magnified as you stitch more and more lines. So I sometimes took the quilt off my machine, laid it out on the floor and inspected my lines. If they were looking a little crazy, I marked the next line in order to straighten things out again. But I only had to do that 3 or 4 times, I’d say.

And it turns out that I really don’t mind straight-line quilting—as long as I don’t have to turn the darn quilt! It’s the turning that I despise. So you may see more edge-to-edge straight-line quilting from me in the future.

Congratulations, AnneMarie, on the addition to your family! Enjoy the quilt!