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Summer Sampler Series Complete!

Summer Sampler Series

It’s done! I finally finished up my Summer Sampler Series quilt. I am *so* happy with how it turned out.

Summer Sampler Series Detail 1

Honestly I never thought I would make a Sampler quilt. They are definitely beautiful and a lot of work goes into them…but I always thought they were too traditional to peak my interest. I guess that just goes to show that you should never say never. Although these blocks all have traditional roots, I feel like the fabrics and sashing give this quilt a distinctly modern feel. Even my husband likes it! (And that is saying something. :))

Summer Sampler Series Detail 2

For those that didn’t follow along, the solids I used for the quilt blocks were from Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements collection. I am very much in love with the fabric – the colors, the silkiness. I plan on keeping some permanently in my stash. The 2″ wide grey sashing is Free Spirit Designer Solids Nugray. I also am really happy with their solids and plan to order more. I need a swatch card!

Summer Sampler Series Back

For the backing I used a print from Tanya Whelan’s Dolce Fabric collection. I had been saving this fabric to make some clothing, but….well, that never happened! And in the spirit of using what I have, I decided it would make a great quilt backing. There is also a dark purple stripe which is from the Pat Bravo Pure Elements line that I used on the front.

Summer Sampler Series Detail 3

I decided to quilt this one in a free motion meandering style. There are a *lot* of seams on this quilt and I wanted to do some heavy quilting to make sure it all stays in place for a long time.

Summer Sampler Series Back Detail

The binding is Free Spirit Designer Solids Manatee. The final quilt measures around 44″ x 58″.

I have really enjoyed watching so many of these quilts come together in the Flickr group. If you haven’t checked it out, be sure to stop by and be inspired. Also, if you weren’t able to quilt along with us, don’t worry. The tutorials will be up indefinitely, so you can always make yours at a future date.

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59 Responses to “Summer Sampler Series Complete!”

  1. 1
    Angela says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous!

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    STUNNING! I love it. Very modern and fresh. Great job Faith.

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    Tonni says:

    This is just beautiful! I too thought of this quilt as a traditional pattern, but yours looks ultra modern with the fabrics you chose! May have to put this one on my list :)

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    Lindsey R. says:

    Faith, this quilt is stunning! I’m glad the tutes will be staying up, because a I think I need a sampler quilt of my own!

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    Michele says:

    It turned out so neat! It was fun seeing it created.

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    Jeannette says:

    I love it! And the backing is gorgeous and perfect. I’m so into solids right now. I’ll have to see if I can find some of the Pure Elements and Free Spirits lines. Silky sounds right up my alley!

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    Jessica says:

    Wow Faith, it’s so stunning!

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    KellyS says:

    Gorgeous! I love the bright colors too!

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    Jeni says:

    It’s beautiful! Love the blocks and of course, who doesn’t love Pure Elements? :)

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    ann says:

    The colourful little squares in the sashing was a touch of genius – really looks great!

  12. 12

    I’d have to say that yours is my favorite in this series by far. Must be the solids…

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    kendascrafts says:

    Looks great! The colors are very modern.

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    kate spain says:

    i absolutely love the color palette and your pairing selections for each block! the grey sashing is perfect and makes those colors sing. great job on making a really beautiful quilt! xo

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    Rene B says:

    BEAUTIFUL! Love all the bright colors.

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    Molly says:

    Stunning! The colors are just fantastic and make those blocks zing. Love everything about this fun quilt!

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    Wendy says:

    Beautiful! You and I are of like mind – I didn’t use all solids for the blocks (I used mostly Sandi Henderson’s Meadowsweet and some scraps of other coordinating fabrics) but when it came time to sash, I knew I needed a medium gray and I loved solid cornerstones! I am also thinking that a free motion meandering stipple is the way to go on this one. I love seeing your finished quilt as it helps me envision mine :) Thanks again for hosting this very fun quiltalong!!! I am so happy I finally learned to paper piece!

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    Debbie says:

    Just beautiful! I love how you pulled it all together!

  19. 19

    It turned out beautifully

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    Lee says:

    Faith! It’s so beautiful! The gray sashing is perfect. And I love the shots with the skyline in the background!

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    Carla says:

    So fresh. Lovely.

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    I love this. I don’t think love is a strong enough word… I covet this quilt (did I even use that word correctly???) Absolutely gorgeous. Love the bright and bold paired with the gray. Fantastic.

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    anna says:

    wowzer! this is a stunner, love the finished product!

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    Linz says:

    SO beautiful!! I am so excited to get mine quilted!! Yours looks stunning!! Thank you for hosting this wonderful QAL!!

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    Toni says:

    Oh, it looks so good! I agree about thinking samplers were too traditional, but the ones I have seen this summer have changed my mind. Yours is fabulous! Love the solids!

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    Christine says:

    Faith, your finished quilt is so very lovely. Makes me want to get my blocks out to finish. (I’ve had some costuming projects creep up and take priority.)

    What I really want to ask is, where were you standing when that photo was taken? I love that view of the city!

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      Faith says:

      Hi Christine! I was standing in a parking lot on the west side of Chicago. It was not far from the Morton Salt Factory, an industrial area. :)

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        Christine says:

        Yup, I have a good idea of where that is. Not that I’ve been there exactly, but have driven past that area plenty of times when I lived that way.

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    Unbelievable. Really striking and gorgeous with the bright solids against the dark gray sashing. Beautiful finish! And undeniably modern and fabulous.

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    Elle says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous! My first really big finished quilt was a sampler I did with stunning batiks (and hand quilted) – it took years (it was an extra-long, extra-wide twin – completely worthless now for actually using, but oh well – I still love it, and I think it has everything to do with the fabric choices! But yours…well, let’s just say I am ready to make another one now…wow! The solids are just striking, and your color sense is spot on!

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    Pippa says:

    BEAUTIFUL! I love the colors– I know what you mean about hesitating to make samplers but this one is stunning, not old-fashioned in the slightest ;)

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    Karen says:

    I can see why you love it so much!!! You have created a stunning, yet modern quilt using traditional methods; best of both worlds! Love it!!

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    Kelli says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I’ve still got 3 blocks to go before I can put mine together…darn responsibility…if only I could get an extra day in the week just for me! ;)
    Thanks again for hosting the quilt-along and for such great inspiration. Your sampler is gorgeous.

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    felicity says:

    Wow – this is completely fabulous! Traditional with a modern twist. Love it!

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    Rebecca says:

    I am NOT a sampler girl…and when this was going on I was in the midst of moving and nowhere near a sewing machine…but now that I am seeing them all finished I am in LOVE. I am glad that the tutorials will be up because I’d really like to make this quilt anyway. Maybe it will be my Winter Sampler! Thank you so much for all the work that went into this…

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    Cille says:

    It’s beautiful… Simply love it. I was traveling when you started and never got on board, but it would be a dream to make one at some point.

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    Jacey says:

    I absolutely love it! I definitely want to make the sampler at some point. You chose such a gorgeous array of colors for yours!

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    Julie says:

    oh wow, i love it. thanks for the links for the fabrics too.

  39. 40

    WOW! This might be my favorite quilt of the year!!!! Stunning, stunning job. Your choices with the solids couldn’t have possibly turned out better. I’m inspired!

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    Annabella says:

    You have done an incredible job at making essentially traditional blocks feel so fresh and modern. Simply gorgeous.

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    Lynette says:

    I just love how yours turned out. :D

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    elizabeth says:

    awesome – i love it!

  43. 45

    This looks great! I watched many of these come together over the summer, and this is one of the best I have seen!

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    Mishka says:

    Wow, it turned out fabulous. Love the bright colours you used.

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    Kara says:

    Really beautiful! I love the whole thing, but the sashing in particular was an excellent choice to pull it all together.

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    April says:

    It’s beautiful! I always disliked how people felt they had to be in one camp: traditional or modern. I like both. This quilt is an example of that. I enjoy the more intricate look of traditional piecing and also the colors and designs of newer fabrics. Put traditional and modern together and you have AWESOME! :)

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    Jane says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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    Rossie says:

    I’ve enjoyed watching this quilt come together. It’s really beautifully done. It almost looks like CGI or something!

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    Alisa says:

    It looks fantastic, Faith! I like that first picture alot.

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    Lynne says:

    It may have traditional roots but it is a bright and modern result! Well done!

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    mary ann says:

    Oh, it’s gorgeous!! Can’t wait to start mine. I love the solids.

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    Lindsay says:

    What a gorgeous quilt, I absolutely love it!! I didn’t get to participate in the quilt along because we were in the middle of moving, but I think I’m going to have to make one of these quilts.

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    Heidi says:

    You are amazing. The thing that struck me the most is your level of perfection. I literally cannot see a flaw anywhere. Everything is dead on. I have no idea how you do that, but I’m impressed. Do you mind if I ask what kind of machine you use? Thanks for posting this!

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    Lacy says:

    Beautiful! About how much of each fabric do you think you used? And how many different fabrics? I’m trying to plan out a quilt for my bed, so I think I’ll need to make 4 of each block to make it work. Thanks!

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    erica K says:

    Wow, I LOVE this! If I hadn’t already been a huge fan of solids, this would have made me one. :)

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    Lizzie says:

    Had to look at this one again. I just love it in spite of its being a sampler! It must be the solids and the colors. And my goodness, having itsnphotoshoot with a Chicago backdrop is just stunning!

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