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WIP Wednesday: Traveling (Kind Of)

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Here’s what’s happening in my world this week ….
Look at all the Pearl Bracelets

Look at all the pretty Pearl Bracelets, just waiting to be made into something fun and colorful and springtimey and sunshiney. Don’t we all need that right now? In fact, let’s make it a quilt-along! I’m announcing it tomorrow, so come back for details on design, fabric requirements, all that good stuff.

Arkansas Traveler blocks

Faith’s been working on an Arkansas Traveler quilt, which got me thinking about these beauties, made for me last year by the Stash Trad bee. A plan is starting to form.

Summer Sampler blocks

And of course, I made a few more of these with my Modern Sampler students. Including another Arkansas Traveler. Can’t have too much of a good thing, right?

What have you been working on? Link up your works-in-progress. Here are the rules:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. Because what fun is a linky party without comments?
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A Big Announcement

So I spent the better part of the last year working on this. : ) I’m so happy to introduce “Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks.” Think of it as “Summer Sampler Series, The Sequel” … plus much, much more.
I’m so proud of this book and the projects in it (all 22 projects are based on the blocks in the cover quilt). I’m so lucky to have written this with two good friends, Katie and Faith. And I am so thrilled that our shared vision for the book is finally becoming reality, after more than a year of working on it. I can’t wait to share lots more details about it with all of you in the coming months!
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WIP Wednesday: Full Color

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Welcome to WIP Wednesday! It was yet another crazy week for me, but I’ll spare you the details and get straight to the sewing.

I finished two projects this past week—my Art Gallery Prism Floor Pillow, and one that I have yet to post about (but it’s coming). So I don’t have a lot of “progress” pictures to show this week. But how about more Summer Sampler blocks?

Summer Sampler blocks

I went a little crazy with the color for my Modern Sampler Class bundle, and I’m so happy I did. I also decided to take a chance and make every block with a different colored background, and I really love how it’s turning out. Two more blocks to go, and then the class is done already! I’ll miss sewing with these ladies every Monday night. : )

Bathroom reno

And the bathroom project is finally nearing completion as well. I just love my brand-new vintage bathroom. LOL. (Disregard the duct tape. I’m told that will be going away soon.)

What have you been working on? Link up your works-in-progress. Here are the rules:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. Because what fun is a linky party without comments?Have a wonderful week!

(P.S. My Art Gallery Fat Quarter Gang giveaway is still open—head here to enter to win a bundle of Art Gallery’s new line Carnaby Street!)

 

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WIP Wednesday: Another Busy Week

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So, Wednesday again. And with QuiltCon smack in the middle of the last week, I don’t have much progress to report today. Sorry! But let’s see, what can I show you?

Evening Star block from the Summer Sampler Series
Well, the Modern Sampler class I’m teaching is more than halfway done already! Hard to believe. This week we made the Evening Star block, one of my favorites from the Summer Sampler Series (but then again, I seem to say that about all of them!) I wanted to show my students how different this block can look when you change up the color placement and value. You can purchase the full Summer Sampler Series in PDF format here or here.

Subway tile

And hey, let’s check in with those bathrooms, shall we? It’s starting to sink in that this is not going to be a quick reno. It’s just our contractor and one assistant doing all of the work—great for the budget, not so good for our schedule. : ) But they started the tile today and it looks amazing. I’ve always wanted subway tile in my house, and I’m finally getting some!

That’s all I got, you guys. But I can’t wait to see what you all have going on. Here are the rules:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. Because what fun is a linky party without comments?Have a great week!

 

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Summer Sampler Series Anthology

Summer Sampler Series Anthology

Taking traditional quilt blocks and making them fresh and modern is all the rage these days. So if you’ve been wanting to make a traditional-to-modern sampler quilt, or if you’re just looking for a source for killer block designs, the Summer Sampler Series Anthology is now available!

For those of you who are newer to my blog, I co-hosted the Summer Sampler Series quilt-along in the summer of 2011 with Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts and Katie of Swim Bike Quilt. At the time, modern quilters were just starting to take notice of traditional blocks as a great source of design inspiration. (The Farmer’s Wife Sampler was huge around that time.) So in the Summer Sampler Series, we showed people how to make 12 traditional quilt blocks in modern, bright fabric. And here we are, a year and a half later, with a whole category of the Quilt Con show dedicated to “modern traditionalism,” so I don’t think this niche is going away any time soon!

Summer Sampler Series

Now, Faith, Katie, and I have gathered up all of our Summer Sampler Series tutorials, paper-piecing templates, inspiration, and more into one convenient package: The Summer Sampler Series Anthology. This 86-page(!) PDF includes step-by-step tutorials for making all 12 blocks, the paper-piecing templates, and some exclusive PDF-only content, such as a mini-lesson in value and color placement.

Summer Sampler quilt

I can tell you from personal experience that the Summer Sampler Series is a fantastic skill-builder for beginning and experienced quilters alike. Among the skills you will learn (or practice) when you make the blocks in the Series are: Half-square triangles, flying geese, bias piecing, paper-piecing, piecing equilateral triangles and diamonds, hourglass units, and string piecing. You’ll come out of this one skilled quilter, I promise!

Summer Sampler Series

You can purchase the Summer Sampler Series Anthology from any of the following sources:
• Craftsy
• My pattern shop
• Faith’s pattern shop
Katie’s pattern shop

Teachers, shop owners, and guilds: Would you like to teach the Summer Sampler Series as a class, or run it as a block-of-the-month series? Purchasing copies of the Summer Sampler Series Anthology for all of your participants gives you full permission to teach the series publicly, and we offer discount pricing on the purchase of four or more copies. Email Faith, Katie, or myself for more information.

And of course, all the block tutorials will remain available online for free—this PDF is for those who would like the convenience of having it all together and more easily accessible. Happy piecing!

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WIP Wednesday: Summer in January

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January in these parts has been either frigid cold or dreary and rainy. So I’m bringing a little summer into my life right now with more Summer Sampler Series blocks, as I work along with my Modern Sampler class students.

Flower Garden Path block
Flower Garden Path. I thought I might hate the color scheme of this block once I sewed it together—but now I think it’s my favorite one that I’ve made so far.
Six-Pointed Star block
Six-Pointed Star. Such a great block. I forgot how much I love this one!

 

Summer Sampler Series Anthology

And tomorrow is the day that Faith, Katie and I will be making the full Summer Sampler Series Anthology available in PDF format. The PDF collects all of the block tutorials and paper-piecing templates into one handy (86-page!) booklet, plus there are lots of tips, design hints, PDF-exclusive content, and pictures of blocks and completed quilts to inspire you. Check out any of our three blogs tomorrow for more details!

Whatcha workin’ on? Here are the rules for the linky:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. Because really, what fun is a linky party without comments?

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WIP Wednesday: Have WIPs, But No Machine

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Oh, man. And I was making such good progress on my WIPs too.

On Monday evening, while I was teaching my Modern Sampler class, my wonderful (only six-month-old) Janome Horizon 7700 freaked out on me and wouldn’t do anything but give me an E1 error code. I took it in to the service technician, who said it was probably just a popped fuse—an easy fix. But he called back a few hours later and …. let’s just say it’s not going to be such an easy fix after all. And I was just thinking about how I needed to do a full-scale review of my machine, since I’ve had her for almost exactly six months now. Well, needless to say, now the review will have to wait to see what happens next. This seems like it will be a good test of how Janome stands behind its products and its customers. I’ve heard good things about Janome’s customer service, so I’m optimistic they’ll come through for me. Stay tuned.

Anyway. WIPs. I did make good progress, prior to Monday!

Summer Sampler Series blocks

Made lots of progress on my Summer Sampler Series blocks for the Modern Sampler class that I’m teaching. I’m making two sets of blocks, since I like to show a finished block at the start of class, and I have to do some demonstrating during class as well.

And here are some of my students’ Mosaic blocks from last week! Can I just say how proud I am of these ladies? Three of them had never even made half-square triangles before, but check out those points. They rocked it. (Thanks to Anne from Material Matters for the photo!)

Summer Sampler Series PDF

Speaking of the Summer Sampler, I made major progress on the Summer Sampler Series Block Anthology. I heard from many of you that you’re excited about having the series in a PDF format, so Katie, Faith, and I are looking forward to making it available! And seeing as I have no sewing machine, that might happen even earlier than I thought. Silver linings, people. Silver linings. : )

Baby quilt

And I got my Rebel Amish-inspired baby quilt top finished, at long last. Now I just need to get it quilted. When I get my machine back, anyway.

Candy Necklace in the book!

Oh, and don’t forget: My Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe giveaway is open through next Tuesday! I’m giving away an ebook version AND two physical copies, so pop over here to enter.

Whatcha workin’ on? Here are the rules for the linky:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. Because really, what fun is a linky party without comments?

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WIP Wednesday: Colorful Progress

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Got WIPs? You know I do. : )

Summer Sampler Series Mosaic block First up—more Summer Sampler! I’m teaching all of the Summer Sampler Series blocks over the next few months as part of my “Modern Sampler” class at a local quilt store. I’ve got a great group of ladies in this class and I’m so looking forward to making this quilt again with all of them. And in solids this time around! The block above is the Mosaic block.

Making progress on a baby quilt
Finally made some progress on this very overdue baby quilt. My design was completely inspired by Adrianne’s incredible “Rebel Amish” quilt.

Bundle for my next pattern
And I’m itching to dig into this little stack, which is destined for my next pattern quilt. : )

You’ve got WIPs too, right? Whatever you’re sewing, link it up here. Just remember the rules:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. Because what fun is a linky party without comments?

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WIP Wednesday … And We’re Back!

Ah, it’s good to be back to the normal routine, isn’t it? My daughter is back in school, the hubs is back at work, everything’s right with the world again. And, I have two completions! Considering that I took a month off from WIP Wednesday in order to complete them, it’s a darn good thing.
Completed (since last WIP Wednesday):
Summer Sampler Quilt
You saw this one here—I finally got motivated to finish it off and give it to my mother-in-law, who was recovering from surgery. It’s nice to get this one off the list, and I no longer have any projects in the “Completed Tops Awaiting Quilting” category! Woot!

Mystery Quilt #2

Another big completion checked off the list.

 

New projects:

Mini-swap mini quilt
This mini was promised a while ago, and is part of a little private mini-swap. I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with it yet, but I’m digging the colors! (Hopefully the recipient will too.)

Pumpkin the elephant
I’m starting to teach my 5-year-old to sew! She really wanted to make a softy. I’ve never made a softy myself, so it’s a learning experience for both of us. : ) This is from a Melly & Me pattern that I bought several years ago and never used until now. I was a little confused by the legs, but other than that it seems to be turning out okay (knock on wood). I’ve done the cutting, pinning, and applique stitches, but E. sewed all of the seams herself, with my guidance. She’s doing fantastic!

No progress:
• Gen X Quilters’ Charmed Prints QA
• Halloween quilt
• Farmer’s Wife QA
• Skill Builder QA
• Kaleidoscope QA
• Figgy Pudding quilt
• Wonky Log CabinThis week’s stats:
Completed projects – 2(!)
New projects – 2 (sigh)

Currently in progress – 10
Link ’em if you got ’em! You all know the rules – link back here, comment, etc. etc. Have a great week—it’s good to be back!
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Summer Sampler Quilt

 

I would like to briefly interrupt your Christmas planning to bring you a bit of summer in December—My Summer Sampler quilt is complete! : )
My mother-in-law had hip replacement surgery last Friday. The surgery had been scheduled for January, which I thought would be good timing for me to make her a quilt. When a spot opened up for her to have the surgery earlier, I thought I might not be able to manage it, because I was already so busy. But then I realized, I had the perfect quilt for her, and it was already very much in progress … my Summer Sampler!
The top and the back were already done, so all I really had to do was quilt it and bind it. But of course, I can never leave well enough alone or make anything easy for myself. I immediately decided that the current size was too small to be useful, and I wanted to make it bigger. So between Wednesday and Monday, I took the borders off the original top, made eight additional sampler blocks and added them, put new borders on, added to the back to get it up to size, basted it, quilted it, and bound it. Whew!
When I decided to add the extra blocks, I wanted to find and choose new block designs quickly, so all of the pictures in the Summer Sampler Flickr group were invaluable to me. Many of my new blocks were inspired by the extra blocks that some of you made. I love Claudia’s beautiful red and aqua quilt, and the additional blocks she chose were brilliant, so many of my new blocks came straight from her quilt. Thank you, Claudia, for inspiring me! : )
Here are the blocks I added:
Another Star of Virginia (tutorial here)
Another Greek Cross (tutorial here), but I changed up the colors/values to give it this octagon shape
This fun star-within-a-star block
My version of the Diamond Chip block, from Sarah Fielke’s book Quilting From Little Things, as seen on Monica’s Happy Zombie blog
Snowblossoms block (free paper-piecing pattern available here)
Another HST-type block
This cute star variation
So here’s how the top started out, before the extra blocks …
And here again is my refashion/completion.
And my MIL seems to just love the quilt. She said it’s beautiful work, cheerful colors, and that she will “treasure it for the rest of her life.” Wow! She’s a very practical woman who isn’t at all prone to exaggeration, so that was a wonderful compliment coming from her and really made me feel great. I’m so glad she can enjoy it while she’s recovering.
So, that’s one major thing off my list. I’ve also got our Christmas decorations up and made excellent progress on my Secret Santa Twitter Swap item, so I am feeling a lot less stressed today! Score one (or several) for me.
Quilt Stats:
Size: 60″ x 74″
Design: From the Summer Sampler Series Quilt-Along, hosted by Kate, Faith, and myself, plus eight extra blocks. For tutorials for the original 12 blocks, click here.
Fabric: Various lines/prints, with background in Kona White
Quilting: Free-motion stippling by me on my home machine
Back: Various lines/prints