Summer Sampler 2016 Corner Canyon block

Today is week #6 for the Summer Sampler 2016! Today’s block was designed by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. Amy’s block is beautiful, make sure to check it out!

Summer Sampler Rectange Logo

Last week, I talked a little bit about choosing fabric, so I thought I would show you the three different options for this week’s block. I ended up with a bolder block, which included navy, because my X Spot block is pretty bold–I wanted something that would help balance that one out.

Corner Canyon test block 1

I have more info about choosing fabric for these blocks in last week’s post about the Sugarhouse block.

Corner Canyon Test Block 2

 

All of the Summer Sampler 2016 details are below–you can join in at any time! If joining after Week 1, you will receive all of the patterns already released, including the current week’s pattern.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
Link to Purchase / EU Link to Purchase (includes VAT)
We hope you sew along with us!

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Sugarhouse Block

Monday’s are my favorite– it means a new Summer Sampler 2016 block is released. Today’s block, Sugarhouse, was designed by me. I am loving how many people are sewing along this summer!!!  I say this every week, but there are so many great blocks on Instagram [#summersampler2016], definitely worth checking out.

Because I enjoy seeing how different people interpret the block each week, in terms of color, value, fabric placement, etc., I thought I would share how I have been choosing fabric for these blocks, which is a little bit deliberate, and a little bit trial and error.

I start by choosing two fabrics that I know I want to include, and then cut out those pieces, plus the background. In this case, it was the orange outer “ring,” the teal rectangles, and the white background. I put all of those pieces on my design wall, and then started auditioning fabrics for the center. I was sure I wanted to use teal or orange.

Sugarhouse G  Sugarhouse F

But I didn’t really like either. So I started pulling other fabrics–I didn’t cut the center square to audition, but instead used scraps from earlier blocks, are cuts of fabric that I already had. These photos aren’t especially pretty, but they do tell the story.

Sugarhouse B  Sugarhouse D

I have a lot of this pink/plum color in the other blocks, but it didn’t seem quite right. I love this acid lemon color, but not for this.

Sugarhouse E Sugarhouse C

This fish fabric (from Porto by Sarah Watts) is a favorite, but the color is off. I thought I had finally found it when I pulled out this navy “stripe” (its from Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis). I decided to just try white, to be sure, and I loved it. It brightened the whole look of the block, and I was sold.

Sugarhouse A

Since I posted this block this morning, I have seen a number of great interpretations of this block sewn, all different.

I would love to know how you pick your fabrics for this quilt (and others).

Happy sewing!

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summersampler2016_xspotblock

Mondays are my favorite this summer– it means a new Summer Sampler 2016 block is released. There are a few really fun paper-pieced blocks and blocks with curves coming up, so Weeks 3 + 4 have been an introduction to both of those techniques, for those who need it, a refresher for those who need it, and fun for the rest of us.

Summer Sampler Rectange Logo

This week’s block is shown above–it is called X Spot and was designed by Faith Jones.  Faith has provided a paper-piecing tutorial for this block on her blog, make sure to check it out. The block is bold and fun to sew and reminds me of a butterfly, for some reason.

Summer Sampler Series Snow Cone 2

Last week’s block was Snow Cone, designed by Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft.  I loved seeing so many people sew curves for the first time, and I think the general consensus was: oh, that isn’t as hard as I thought it was. In fact, that was pretty great! I loved the creativity of the blocks, especially the tri-colored snow cones.  There are so many great blocks on Instagram [#summersampler2016], definitely worth checking out.

SummerSamplerSnowCone

Speaking of snow cones and summer, we have a busy week of tennis lessons and swim lessons, and trying to keep the baby (who loves the pool and has started sleeping in her swimsuit over pajamas) out of said swim lessons. Wish me luck!

All of the Summer Sampler 2016 details are below–you can join in at any time! If joining after Week 1, you will receive all of the patterns already released, including the current week’s pattern.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
Link to Purchase / EU Link to Purchase (includes VAT)
We hope you sew along with us!

 

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Today’s post is a tutorial for the Star Wars Galaxy Quilt. It is available in 3 sizes–Queen, large throw, and baby/toddler sizes. If you aren’t a huge Star Wars fan, no worries. This could easily be made with any combination of fabrics, especially fabrics that you want to feature and use in the stars.

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By changing the colors, you can change the entire look of the quilt!

Star Wars Galaxy Quilt

Queen Size Quilt Stats
81’’ x 95’’

42 Stars that finish at 14’’ each

Star Wars Galaxy Throw Size

Large Throw Size Quilt Stat
81’’x 81’’

12 Stars that finish at 14’’each

Star Wars Galaxy Baby Quilt Size

Baby/Small Throw Quilt Stats
42’’ x 56’’

12 Stars that finish at 14’’

The quilt tutorial has 3 options–queen, large throw, and baby/small throw size. Really, you could mix and match and add and subtract rows until the quilt is any size you want.
StarWarsGalaxyQuilt_Tutorial

Star Wars Galaxy Quilt // A Quilt Tutorial in 3 Sizes

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  • Note: This quilt is made up almost entirely of wonky stars. If you need a refresher, I have a tutorial here. 
  • The basic construction is the same: this quilt is made up of multiple wonky star blocks.
  • Each star uses (5) 5’’ dark squares and (8) 5’’ light squares, or (13) squares total
  • I used Star Wars licensed fabric and a combination of black, navy, and light colored/low volume blocks.

Queen Size Quilt Instructions

81’’ x 95’’
42 Stars that finish at 14’’
34 Black Stars
8 Navy Stars

Fabric Requirements

Each star uses (5) 5’’ dark squares and (8) 5’’ light squares, or (13) squares total
For this quilt, you will need: 210 Dark Squares  + 336 Light Squares = 546 Total Squares

Black Fabric
2 1/2 yards feature fabric
4 FQs (different prints)

Navy Fabric
1/2 yard feature fabric
(2) different print FQs

Light Colored and Low Volume Fabric
(5) light colored feature prints, 3/4 yard each
(5) low volume 1/2 yards OR (10-12) low volume FQs

*if you are making a Star Wars quilt, I counted any feature fabrics that were not black or navy as “light colored”, including the red, darker gray, blue, etc. If you use different fabrics than I did, the grays, reds, blues, etc. might be too dark to include as background fabric.

Batting
At least 89’’ x 103’’

Backing
5 1/2 yards backing (if you are using a directional print, or are having your quilt professionally long armed, you may need a different amount)

Binding
5/8 yard binding

Cutting Instructions

Black Fabric
Cut a total of 170 Black squares
Cut (10) 5’’ squares out of each of the 4 black fat quarters; 40 total squares
Cut (130) 5’’ square out of the 2 1/2 yards of the black feature print

Navy Fabric
Cut a total of 40 Navy squares
Cut (20) 5’’ squares out of the 1/2 yard of the navy feature print
Cut (10) 5’’ squares out of each of the 2 navy fat quarters; 20 total squares

Light Feature Fabric
Cut a total of 200 Light Feature Fabric Squares
Cut (40) 5’’ squares out of each of the five 3/4 yard pieces of the light feature fabric.

Cut Low Volume Fabric
116 Light Squares
Cut (24) 5’’ squares out of each of the five half yard pieces, OR (12) 5’’ out of each of the 10-12 low volume FQs. You will have a few squares leftover, either way.

Quilt Construction

Step 1: Choose fabric combinations for 30 stars. You will need 5 dark squares and 8 light squares for each star.  Mix up the light/low volume prints, and use the same dark print for each of the 5 squares.

Note: You may want to mix and match dark fabrics for a few of the stars.

Step 2: Sew the 30 wonky star blocks. See this tutorial if you need directions.

Step 3: Arrange the stars on a design wall (or design floor). The quilt should measure 6 stars across and 7 stars down.

Step 4: Choose fabrics for the remaining stars, one at a time.  Add them to your design wall/floor, paying attention to how the design works together.  Once you are satisfied, sew the wonky block. Repeat with all remaining blocks. Alternately, you can follow the graphic included below.

Star Wars Galaxy Quilt

Step 5: Rearrange the stars if needed, until you are happy with the arrangement. Sew the blocks together in horizontal rows. Press each row well. Press odd numbered rows (1, 3, 5, and 7) to the left, and even numbered rows (2, 4, 6) to the right.

Finishing the Quilt

Step 1: Baste the quilt. I always use pins; lots of people spray baste. Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts has a pin basting tutorial here. 

Step 2: Quilt the quilt—I used straight lines and also outlined the stars on one quilt, and stippled/free motion quilted another. This quilt lends itself to a variety of quilting styles. I have a Pinterest board with different quilting examples here.

Step 3: Trim the quilted quilt.

Step 4: Bind the quilt according to your favorite method. I have a machine binding tutorial here, if you are interested.

Large Throw Size Quilt Instructions

Star Wars Galaxy Throw Size

81’’x 81’’
12 Stars that finish at 14’’
9 Black Stars
3 Navy Stars

Fabric Requirements

Each star uses (5) 5’’ dark squares and (8) 5’’ light squares, or (13) squares total
For this quilt, you will need: 60 Dark Squares  + 96 Light Squares = 156 Total Squares

Black Fabric
3 1/2 yards (if you want to piece the section to the left of the stars) OR 4 1/2 yards
(3) different print FQs

Navy Fabric
(3) different print FQs

Light Colored and Low Volume Fabric
(8) FQs, mix of light colored feature print and low volume fabric

*if you are making a Star Wars quilt, I counted any feature fabrics that were not black or navy as “light colored”, including the red, darker gray, blue, etc. If you use different fabrics than I did, the grays, reds, blues, etc. might be too dark to include as background fabric.

Batting
At least 89’’ x 89’’

Backing
4 1/2 yards backing (if you are using a directional print, or are having your quilt professionally long armed, you may need a different amount)

Binding
5/8 yard binding

Cutting Instructions

Black Fabric
Cut (1) piece that is 2 1/4 yards by width of fabric (this will go to the right of the stars). Trim the selvage edges.
Cut (1) piece that is 15’’ x 81’’ (2 1/4 yards, this will go to the left of the stars)
***if you would rather piece this section, then cut (3) pieces that are 14’’ x 27.5’’***
Cut a total of 45 Black squares
Cut (10) 5’’ squares out of each of the 3 black fat quarters for a total of 30
Cut (15) 5’’ square out of the remaining black Star Wars feature print

Navy Fabric
Cut a total of 15 Navy squares
Cut (5) 5’’ squares out each of the (3) navy FQs

Light Feature Fabric
Cut a total of 96 Light Feature/Low Volume Fabric squares
Cut (40) 5’’ squares out of each of the five 3/4 yard pieces of the light feature fabric.

Cut Low Volume Fabric
Cut of a total of 96 Light Feature/Low Volume Squares
Cut (12) 5’’ squares out of each of the 8 light Star Wars/Low Volume FQs

Quilt Construction

Step 1: Choose fabric combinations for 9 stars. You will need 5 dark squares and 8 light squares for each star.  Mix up the light/low volume prints, and use the same dark print for each of the 5 squares.

Note: You may want to mix and match dark fabrics for a few of the stars.

Step 2: Sew the 9 wonky star blocks. See this tutorial if you need directions.

Step 3: Arrange the stars on a design wall (or design floor). The quilt should measure 2 stars across and 6 stars down.

Step 4: Choose fabrics for the remaining 3 stars, one at a time.  Add them to your design wall/floor, paying attention to how the design works together.  Once you are satisfied, sew the wonky block. Repeat with all remaining blocks. Alternately, you can follow the graphic included below.

Star Wars Galaxy Throw Size_Crop

Step 5: Rearrange the stars if needed, until you are happy with the arrangement. Sew the blocks together in vertical rows. Press each row well. Press the first row towards the top of the star, press the second row towards the bottom of the star. Sew the rows together.

Step 6: If you are piecing the portion of the quilt to the left of the stars, do that now. If not, skip to step 7.  Sew the 3 pieces that are 14’’ x 27.5’’ vertically together, press seams. This will measure 81.5”; cut .5” off of the top to make it 81”.

Step 7: Sew the 15’’ x 81’’ (or 14” x 81” pieced strip) to the left of the pieced stars. Press.

Step 8: Sew the other large piece (2.25 yards by width of fabric) to the right of the quilt. Press.

Finishing the Quilt

Step 1: Baste the quilt. I always use pins; lots of people spray baste. Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts has a pin basting tutorial here. 

Step 2: Quilt the quilt—I used straight lines and also outlined the stars on one quilt, and stippled/free motion quilted another. This quilt lends itself to a variety of quilting styles. I have a Pinterest board with different quilting examples here.

Step 3: Trim the quilted quilt.

Step 4: Bind the quilt according to your favorite method. I have a machine binding tutorial here, if you are interested.

Baby/Small Throw Size Quilt Instructions

Star Wars Galaxy Baby Quilt Size

 

Fabric Requirements

Each star uses (5) 5’’ dark squares and (8) 5’’ light squares, or (13) squares total
For this quilt, you will need: 60 Dark Squares  + 96 Light Squares = 156 Total Squares

Black Fabric
1/2 yard black feature print
(2) different print FQs

Navy Fabric
(3) different print FQs

Light Colored and Low Volume Fabric
(8) FQs, mix of light colored feature print and low volume fabric

*if you are making a Star Wars quilt, I counted any feature fabrics that were not black or navy as “light colored”, including the red, darker gray, blue, etc. If you use different fabrics than I did, the grays, reds, blues, etc. might be too dark to include as background fabric.

Batting
At least 50” x 64”

Backing
2 yards backing (if you are using a directional print, or are having your quilt professionally long armed, you may need a different amount)

Binding
1/2 yard binding

Cutting Instructions

Black Fabric
Cut a total of 45 Black squares
Cut (10) 5’’ squares out of each of the 2 black fat quarters for a total of 20
Cut (25) 5’’ square out of the 1/2 yard of black Star Wars feature print.

Navy Fabric
Cut a total of 15 Navy squares
Cut (5) 5’’ squares out each of the (3) navy FQs

Light Feature Fabric
Cut a total of 96 Light Feature/Low Volume Fabric squares
Cut (40) 5’’ squares out of each of the five 3/4 yard pieces of the light feature fabric.

Cut Low Volume Fabric
Cut of a total of 96 Light Feature/Low Volume Squares
Cut (12) 5’’ squares out of each of the 8 light Star Wars/Low Volume FQs

Quilt Construction

Step 1: Choose fabric combinations for 9 stars. You will need 5 dark squares and 8 light squares for each star.  Mix up the light/low volume prints, and use the same dark print for each of the 5 squares.

Note: You may want to mix and match dark fabrics for a few of the stars.

Step 2: Sew the 9 wonky star blocks. See this tutorial if you need directions.

Step 3: Arrange the stars on a design wall (or design floor). The quilt should measure 3 stars across and 4 stars down.

Step 4: Choose fabrics for the remaining 3 stars, one at a time.  Add them to your design wall/floor, paying attention to how the design works together.  Once you are satisfied, sew the wonky block. Repeat with all remaining blocks. Alternately, you can follow the graphic included below.

Star Wars Galaxy Baby Quilt Size

Step 5: Rearrange the stars if needed, until you are happy with the arrangement. Sew the blocks together in horizontal rows. Press each row well. Press odd numbered rows (1, 3) to the left, and even numbered rows (2) to the right.

 

Finishing the Quilt

Step 1: Baste the quilt. I always use pins; lots of people spray baste. Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts has a pin basting tutorial here. 

Step 2: Quilt the quilt—I used straight lines and also outlined the stars on one quilt, and stippled/free motion quilted another. This quilt lends itself to a variety of quilting styles. I have a Pinterest board with different quilting examples here.

Step 3: Trim the quilted quilt.

Step 4: Bind the quilt according to your favorite method. I have a machine binding tutorial here, if you are interested.

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