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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.

September 14, 2011   59 Comments

Summer Sampler Series Quilt Top

I finished my quilt top for the Summer Sampler Series! I took everyone’s advice and added sashing and cornerstones. As I was staring at my solids trying to figure out the right choice, my eyes settled on Free Spirit Designer Solids Nugray. I think it is a bit unexpected but added some balance to the beautiful bright colors of Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements. The cornerstones are fabrics from the blocks, tying the whole thing together. The sashing is 2″ wide and the cornerstones are 2″ squares. I can’t wait to quilt this and share the finished product with you!

August 16, 2011   50 Comments

Summer Sampler Series Round Up

Here they are in all their glory – the twelve blocks of the Summer Sampler Series. I do plan to arrange them in probably the same order as the icon on the summary page. Now to think about finishing details…to sash or not to sash? If you haven’t checked out the Flickr group to see everyone else’s completed blocks, be sure to stop by. There are some amazing creations!

August 11, 2011   23 Comments

Summer Sampler Series : Kansas Dust Storm

Wow, today is the last block of the Summer Sampler Series! Head on over the Lee’s blog for a tutorial on block twelve, the Kansas Dust Storm quilt block. As always, feel free to post your photos and any questions in the Flickr group.

I want to thank everyone for quilting along with us. I have really appreciated your wonderful comments and emails over the last 4 weeks. So many people, myself included, learned new skills and accomplished things they never would have tried before.

I had a great time cohosting this quilt along with Katie and Lee. We have never met in person and tackling something as big as a quilt along, with a lot of people depending on you, is no small task. We were all required to figure out the block construction on our own – quite the challenge at times. They both have worked so hard, been so dependable, I can’t say enough good things about teaming up with them. Big thanks to you Katie and Lee!

I do plan on assembling my quilt top soon. I just need to decide if I want to do sashing, cornerstones, etc. Lee plans on having her top done by next Friday, so check back then for more details!

Updated: Here’s my last block! Now to think about the top…

Summer Sampler Series : Kansas Dust Storm Quilt Block

August 5, 2011   8 Comments