Summer Sampler 2016 // Week 5 [Sugarhouse]

Sugarhouse Block
Follow on Bloglovin

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!

This entry was posted in Patterns, Quilt Blocks, Sew Alongs, Summer Sampler Series and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.


  1. PJMullins
    Posted June 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Not able to download this week block pattern.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted June 20, 2016 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

      Did you get it fixed? If not, email Lee at freshlypieced at gmail dot com and she can help you. Thanks!

Leave a Reply

  • visit my pattern shop2
  • new_sign up for my newsletter
  • katieblakesley300
  • VintageQuiltRevival
  • Summer Sampler Anthology snapshot
  • Follow
  • Subscribe to Blog via Email

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • More Swim, Bike, Quilt Posts

  • Swim, Bike, Quilt Archives