Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 20

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 20

Here we are ~ Week 20 of the Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along. Our final block. Tiled Stars, by Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts, is the perfect block to use up all those tiny scraps you’ve accumulated over the summer.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 20 / Tiled Stars by Lynne Goldsworthy

One last look at all the blocks up on my design wall.

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Weeks 1 thru 20

They are now off the wall, sewn into a very large and very heavy quilt top. This week I’m in the process of finishing the quilt and double checking the pattern for those of you who have been sewing along. I can’t wait to share it next week!

Below you can find the Summer Sampler 2016 details, as well as custom shop fabric bundles for the quilt along. You can join at any time. If joining after Week 1, you will initially receive all the patterns up to the current date.

Special note: If you are having trouble and don’t see your pattern email, it has likely been marked as SPAM by your email service. Please email Lee at FreshlyPieced@gmail.com and she can resend your link.

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Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 19

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along ~ Week 19

Today marks Week 19 of the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along. This week’s block, Horsetail Falls by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter, draws on your hourglass and flying geese skills that you’ve perfected over the last few months.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 19 / Horsetail Falls by Amy Smart

My blocks are looking quite ready for being placed in the finished quilt, wouldn’t you say? I’m busy putting the finishing touches on my quilt top pattern – one of three we will be sharing with all of you quilting along with us. We can’t wait!

Summer Sampler 2016 : Weeks 1 - 19

I know some of you are nervous about running out of fabric for your blocks (or at least your favorite focal fabric that you’ve picked to use in each block). If you look at the planned blocks, you can probably figure out which one we will be sewing for the last week. It does use tiny pieces of fabric (I believe nothing larger than 3″ squares and many smaller), so don’t worry – you will be able to use some of those scraps you’ve been holding on to for it.

Below you can find the Summer Sampler 2016 details, as well as custom shop fabric bundles for the quilt along. You can join at any time. If joining after Week 1, you will initially receive all the patterns up to the current date.

Special note: If you are having trouble and don’t see your pattern email, it has likely been marked as SPAM by your email service. Please email Lee at FreshlyPieced@gmail.com and she can resend your link.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
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The Quilt Block Cookbook

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Quilt block books are without a doubt the most used items in my sewing library. I collect them here and there, although most are simply a collection of hand drawn quilt blocks without patterns. They have always been a huge source of inspiration when it comes to designing modern traditional quilts. Today I’m sharing a new book on my bookcase, The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson.

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Publisher Lucky Spool sent me this copy of the book to check out, and the first thing I noticed (which I have come to expect from all Lucky Spool books) is it’s beautiful.

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are 50 block patterns in the book. The patterns are different combinations of common units throughout the book (such as HST, QST, diamond in squares, flying geese, paper pieced bursts, curves, appliqué petals, and more). There are directions for changing the sizes of these units (6 sizes), so you can “cook up” your own unique quilt blocks.

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are quilt mock ups for pairing blocks together to form finished quilts, as well as several sampler quilt patterns.

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I made 6 blocks from The Quilt Block Cookbook – Starboard, Campfire, Second Star, Pumpkin Pie, Icebox, and Halo. My quilt top was created using a portion of the Point Taken sampler finishing instructions. I’m thinking of adding three more blocks to make it a square.

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Quilt Block Cookbook is 176 pages, a majority of those are devoted to patterns. There are recipes (patterns) to make 50 blocks, 7 sampler quilt patterns, 6 perfect block pairing quilt top mock ups, and 7 templates to photocopy or scan and enlarge/reduce as needed in your pattern. I went ahead and scanned all the templates before starting, so they would be ready for me when I picked my blocks.

I really enjoyed Amy’s book and just couldn’t stop making blocks! It is available on Amazon or check your local quilt shop!

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Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 18

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

We’ve arrived at Week 18 (out of 20) in the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along. The cool morning temperatures outside are a good clue that we are nearing the end of this project. This week’s block, Holladay Star by Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt, is our last curves block. And we are going out with a bang – 12 curves to piece!

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 18 / Holladay Star by Katie Blakesley

My design wall is filling up. I’m going to miss having these beauties decorating my sewing space.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Weeks 1 - 18

I restocked my low volume fabrics. This project has used up a lot from my stash, and (a little hint) – my layout for this quilt will be using more as well.

Low Volume Restash

Below you can find the Summer Sampler 2016 details, as well as custom shop fabric bundles for the quilt along. You can join at any time. If joining after Week 1, you will initially receive all the patterns up to the current date.

Special note: If you are having trouble and don’t see your pattern email, it has likely been marked as SPAM by your email service. Please email Lee at FreshlyPieced@gmail.com and she can resend your link.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
Link to Purchase / EU Link to Purchase (includes VAT)
#summersampler2016 Instagram Posts

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