Spring Star Summer Sampler 2017I just love Spring Star, Block #10 of the Summer Sampler 2017.  This block was made for bold prints, don’t you think?!

How much do I like this block? Enough to unpick quite a bit because I was lazy and hurrying when I made it, and the center wasn’t even close to kind of matching. Ha!

I have enjoyed using so many different prints by Anna Maria Horner in this quilt (and especially this block). Don’t forget to check out the #summersampler2017 hashtag, lots of beautiful and varied blocks will start popping up today.

Spring Star TipOne quick tip when making this paper pieced block–when you put right sides together, match up the fabric (to the right of the pin) and not the corners of the pieces. You can see here there is a little triangle overlap (to the right of the word “allowance”) when you match seams, not pattern pieces.  When I first sewed 2 pieces together, I tried to match up the corners of the pattern pieces. It doesn’t work!

Happy Sewing!

Pattern: Summer Sampler 2017
Fabric: Anna Maria Horner [6 different fabric lines, if I counted right]

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Midland Star Final

This is Midland Star, Block #9 of the Summer Sampler 2017. This is a fun one with a few basic techniques–hourglass blocks and diamond in a square piecing, along with triangles in the corner.

My 6” version is a little different, and is meant to join 2 other 6” blocks I have made as test blocks. It looks quite different like this [wild prints add to that, I think!]
Midland Star 2My favorite part each week is seeing the wide variety of blocks that people make–everything from black backgrounds, to solids, to vibrant prints, to rainbow color schemes, to very limited palettes–you can check out the blocks on Instagram under the hashtag #summersampler2017.

Happy sewing!

Pattern: Summer Sampler 2017
Fabric: Anna Maria Horner + Laura Gunn Painters Canvas from my stash


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Summer Sampler Red White and Blue For years, I have wanted to make a Red, White + Blue Star Mini Quilt.

I think this is a good start!

Block: Turning Star by Lynne Goldsworthy
Pattern: Summer Sampler 2017

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princess cut take 2Welcome to week 8 of the Summer Sampler. I’m starting to love these little 6” blocks, even if it still feels a little weird to sew with such small pieces.  On the plus side, it works great for sneaking small pieces of favorite fabrics into these blocks.

This is Princess Cut Star, designed by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced (@lee.a.heinrich on Instagram). I love the possibilities in this block–my fabric placement is a little different than the mockup, and that is entirely due to trying to keep a 2 year old happy while sewing this block! Can I claim design choice? I never sew with the baby around, and now I remember why.

I would love to see this block with a white center, and the inside white space as a dark solid or bold print!

Can you believe this block marks (almost) half way? Happy sewing!

Want to make your own Summer Sampler quilt, or even just a few blocks?
See this post for all of the details.





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