Alchemy // Block #5 // Summer Sampler 2017

Alchemy Star_Summer Sampler 2017It is Monday, which means it is Summer Sampler 2017 time!

This is Block #5, Alchemy, designed by AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters.  I love the versatility of this block–you could use any number of fabric combinations and fabric placements, and come up with something totally different.  I also learned a new-to-me stitch and flip construction, so the aqua points are actually diamonds, and not flying geese.  Cool.

summersampler2017logoscreenresPurchase the Summer Sampler here

Why doesn’t my block coloring follow the model?  Funny/not funny story about this block–I have a bin of Anna Maria Horner fabric–some tiny scraps, some yardage, and everything in between, from a number of lines, stretching back to when I first started sewing, and her Garden Party and Good Folks lines. I found *exactly* enough of this great light orange print from Innocent Crush, and I carefully cut out my pieces.


Somehow, I left the cut piece for the center square (which is now bright coral/orange) folded on my cutting table, and didn’t realize it. I cut some fabric on top of it (what! how? the horror!) and cut the folded piece in two, leaving no way to repair it because of angle of the cut on the fold.

I auditioned about 20 center fabrics before I finally found one that I liked. I don’t usually work with such involved prints, and I have found it challenging. Its good to be challenged every once in a while.

Any tips for working with involved prints?


Interested in joining in the fun? It isn’t too late!

Summer Sampler Information at a Glance

See this post for all of the details.

Purchase Info:

$24.99–this one time fee gets you access to each of the block instructions, which are delivered to your email inbox weekly, as well as finishing instructions and access to a subscriber only Facebook group.

Purchase the Summer Sampler here

Delivery Info:
Each Monday, subscribers will get an email with a link to that week’s block pattern. If they create an account with Lee’s pattern shop, the weekly pdfs will also be available there. Anyone who subscribes after the launch (May 15) will receive a link for past week’s blocks too.
 SSS2017 a few stars Summer Star Medallion copy
Quilt Along and Social Media:
Similar to last year, there is a subscribers-only Facebook group, which is a great place to share photos, ask questions, interact with quilters and designers, and celebrate progress! We are hosting a formal quilt along, and hope you join in. If you post photos on Instagram, please use the hashtag #summersampler2017.
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One Comment

  1. Rosemaryflower
    Posted June 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    This is a nice block and a wonderful sampler result. I love the fabrics together here!!

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