Fabric Choices for Summer Sampler 2016 // Color My Quilt


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Have you signed up for the Summer Sampler 2016 yet? You still have a few days to get pre-sale pricing ($19.99 pricing ends Sunday night).


If you have signed up, have you picked your fabric yet? I love choosing fabric, and have wanted to start sharing some of my fabric pulls here with a new category (Color My Quilt, you can click on the categories in the right hand sidebar) and on Instagram with the hashtag #colormyquilt. If you are IG, I would love you to use the hashtag and tag me (@swimbikequilt). Picking fabric is my favorite part of quilting, so I might as well celebrate it since it happens at the very beginning.


I started with some great screen prints from Karen Lewis’ collection, Blueberry Park.

After an initial pull, I always like to add something unexpected. Lately, that seems to be citrus yellow. I went through my fabric and scrap bin and pulled similar colors. SummerSamplerSwatches_colormyquilt

Some of the blocks in this Sampler are a little complicated, so I chose solids and small prints that are either color + white, or color + a darker color in the same hue. summersamplerrainbow2_colormyquilt

Lately, I have started cutting a small swatch of every fabric that I think I might want to use. I arrange the swatches in rainbow order as well as randomly, and edit as I go. I find it easier to do this than to arrange and rearrange fat quarters and scraps. Of course I can add or delete fabrics as I go along, but this helps me see if there is a balance of color, shade, etc.

note: we suggest at least 20 fqs for the quilt along. Obviously more is okay, too :)


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  1. Posted May 12, 2016 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I am thing of using my stash of grunge. Will check out my colours later today.

    • Posted May 12, 2016 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      Thinking not thing. Still having my morning coffee, lol.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted May 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      that would be pretty. And I’ve been up for hours and my brain is working like yours, I think :) hurray for caffeine.

  2. Posted May 12, 2016 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been thinking of using Karen’s Blueberry Park also, but only in the cool range. Still deciding upon that or Allison Glass’s indigos. Don’t have either yet!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted May 12, 2016 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      You can’t go wrong with either of those!!!

  3. happyquiltingmelissa
    Posted May 12, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Love your fabric pull!!! And that is such a great idea to cut swatches for playing with your fabric choices :)

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted May 14, 2016 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      thanks, melissa!

  4. Kimberly Piter
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Just a quick question! I haven’t done any curved blocks before, would I be over my head with trying these blocks? I have been sewing for a while, just haven’t tried this yet.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted May 14, 2016 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      I havne’t sewn many curved blocks… one of the fun things about this sampler is it is meant to be a skill builder–we plan to introduce the easiest curved block first, and work from there. The templates will also provide room for trimming, I think. Curved piecing isn’t difficult, per se, especially if you are methodical about it! I think you should be good!

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