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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Put a Quilt on It I love discovering unique, sewing related products, and this Modern Barn Block from Put A Quilt On It is no exception. Kristi sent me her new Sunroom block from the SuburBARN collection (doesn’t that just make you smile) last week. I had intended to hang it on my porch, but I’m loving how it looks on my dresser.

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  • There are a number of different designs, in different palettes, something for everyone.
  • Barn blocks are lightweight and weatherproof (read more about it here)
  • Kristi shares a number of different ideas for hanging the blocks–this one looks like the easiest
  • Flat rate shipping in the US; also ships to Canada
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Giveaway
Head over to Instagram (@swimbikequilt) for more details on a giveaway (US only).

  • Post a photo of your favorite quilt block on Instagram (or repost one of the barn blocks from her shop)
  • Follow and Tag Kristi @putaquiltonit and me @swimbikequilt
  • Hashtag #putaquiltonitgiveaway

We will pick a winner on Monday, July 3!

Discount
Want one shipped right to your house? Use code “swimbikequilt” from now until July 2 for 10% off her introductory pricing.

Happy quilting!

Katie

p.s. Speaking of quilt blocks, I would love to know what your favorite one is to make!

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Summer Sampler 7 Turning Star Quilt BlockI think I say this every week, but I have a new favorite Summer Star–this is Turning Star by Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts (also of The Thread House).

This is also the star that made me rethink my entire color scheme for my quilt, and I decided I’m going rainbow/Anna Maria Horner ombre in this quilt. My *new* plan is to have the 6” blocks be rainbow blocks, and the 12” blocks be a single color (or a variety of shades of a single color).

Summer Sampler 2017 Colors

I usually don’t plan color schemes ahead of time, because when I do, I always end up changing my mind midway through. Its almost like I have to experiment and “feel” the colors before I decide if I like it. It is a method that i’m sure would drive some (many) people crazy, but it works for me!Summer Sampler 2017

As for the blocks I have already made? I have a plan for them too. Can’t wait to share.

And check back tomorrow, for a fun giveaway and coupon code for Put a Quilt on It

Happy sewing!

Want to make your own Summer Sampler quilt, or even just a few blocks?

 

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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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Marine Star Swim Bike Quilt

Happy Monday! Today’s Summer Sampler 2017 block is called Marine Star.  I like this block so much, I made it in 2 sizes.  I have always loved Mariner’s Compass quilts–the intricacies and shapes can be stunning. I don’t see myself making an entire Mariner’s Compass quilt in the near future, so I wanted to include a simple “inspired by” compass-style block in the Summer Sampler. This block can look pretty different, based on your fabric choices and placement, and I have included a few photos and mockups here for inspiration.  [Purchase the Summer Sampler here]

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I love this block with a white center and blue star points–it looks completely different in two colors (or even 3), doesn’t it? MarineStar (1)
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The original mockup is beautiful, and I really like the effect when you split the 4 “main” star points into 2 colors, each.  Or, you could split the “background” star prints, in coral below.MarineStarplum

I like the ninja star effect with the purple star block.
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A rainbow effect would also be fantastic–you have 16 individual half-star points to play with!

 

Marine Star Swim Bike QuiltIn my blocks, I switched the value around–instead of the darker color (cerise in the photo above), I chose to use yellow for the background star.  Because I was curious, I made this paper pieced version (6″) without the center white square. Instead, I just cut the two green pieces (3A and 3B) a little longer, and didn’t use a 4A or 4B white square.  As a reminder, hen you paper piece, it is always important to trim correctly, pin and line up seams accurately, and take your time. With this quilt block, it might even be more important (see that center square? It is a little bit tricky.)  If you are concerned about accuracy, or even like the look better, this block coloring might be for you!

Want to explore Mariner’s Compass blocks a little more? Check out this quilt and this quilt and this quilt (even if it isn’t strictly a Mariner’s Compass). Wow, right?

Want to make your own? All the information about the Summer Sampler 2017 is below!

 

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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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