Midland Star Final

This is Midland Star, Block #9 of the Summer Sampler 2017. This is a fun one with a few basic techniques–hourglass blocks and diamond in a square piecing, along with triangles in the corner.

My 6” version is a little different, and is meant to join 2 other 6” blocks I have made as test blocks. It looks quite different like this [wild prints add to that, I think!]
Midland Star 2My favorite part each week is seeing the wide variety of blocks that people make–everything from black backgrounds, to solids, to vibrant prints, to rainbow color schemes, to very limited palettes–you can check out the blocks on Instagram under the hashtag #summersampler2017.

Happy sewing!

Pattern: Summer Sampler 2017
Fabric: Anna Maria Horner + Laura Gunn Painters Canvas from my stash


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Summer Sampler Red White and Blue For years, I have wanted to make a Red, White + Blue Star Mini Quilt.

I think this is a good start!

Block: Turning Star by Lynne Goldsworthy
Pattern: Summer Sampler 2017

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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.

Modern Barn Blocks LogoHighlights

  • 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
    Modern Barn Blocks + Flowers

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!

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

Happy quilting!


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

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