Cookbook Sampler

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Cookbook Sampler this week! I am really in love with this little quilt. The colors are so cheerful, but I must admit the fabric pull was a challenge for me this time. I had a vision in my mind but (despite my fabric stash) didn’t have a lot of the exact shades of colors I was looking to use. I think I need to put a little more thought into my future fabric purchases.

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt uses nine blocks from The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson. I tried to choose blocks that I felt worked well together, many with a sort of star look to them.

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I had plans to complete this quilt last week, but I decided to wait and order fabric for the backing. I chose Writings on Walls from the Chalk & Paint collection by Sew Caroline. I love the light green text with the hand lettering feel. The binding is a favorite by Lizzy House, Chasing Butterflies in Backyard.

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt finished up about 50″ x 50″. I quilted it with straight lines, about 3/8″ apart, using the dual feed on my BERNINA 770QE. I forgot how long straight line quilting takes! I do love how it looks. (My body is sore from a long day at the machine though.)

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am thinking about hanging this one up in my sewing room to get me through winter. What do you think?

More Blocks, More Color

More Blocks, More Color : Fresh Lemons Quilts

October is such a crazy month around here. We spend the weekends trying to fit in all our Fall fun before the weather turns, plus what seems like a million birthdays and soccer games. I did manage to get a bit of sewing in last week though. I added three more blocks to The Quilt Block Cookbook quilt and I am so happy I did!

More Blocks, More Color : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You may remember my initial quilt top with six quilt blocks. I decided it needed to be a bit larger, so I pieced three more blocks from the book.

More Blocks, More Color : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I really love the colors on this one. My goal this week is to baste and quilt. Hopefully I have a finished quilt to share with you by Friday!

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!

Amazon affiliate links are used in this post.

Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany

Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s probably no secret that I love seeing fresh designs made with vintage blocks. When AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters asked if I would like to check out her new book, Sister Sampler Quilts: 3 Modern Sampler Quilts with Paired Sister Blocks, I was thrilled to say yes!

Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sister Sampler Quilts is 127 pages filled with 25 blocks, each with 9″ and 12″ options. The block designs are paired with “sister” versions. In the case of the block I stitched up, Capital T, the sister block was the inverse of the color layout that I made. You can see my block below, and the sister block option in the book photo.

Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In addition to the 25 quilt blocks, AnneMarie provides instruction to make three different modern sampler layouts.

The Sisters’ Ten Sampler:

Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Vice Versa Sampler:

Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Bonfire Sampler:

Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The last 20 pages of the book offer tutorials on achieving accurate seam allowances, half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, flying geese, curves, string blocks and binding.

If you love a good block reference book and are looking for creative layouts for your samplers, be sure to check this book out!

You can find out more about Sister Sampler Quilts by following along on the blog hop:

Sister Sampler Quilts website
Fons & Porter/F+W; $19.99
Available on Amazon

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Sara Lawson / Sew Sweetness

Tuesday, January 19
Leah Day / Free Motion Project
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Thursday, January 21
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Amy Friend / During Quiet Time

Friday, January 22
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Monday, January 25
Lee Heinrich / Freshly Pieced
Melissa Corry / Happy Quilting

Tuesday, January 26
Karen Lewis / Karen Lewis Textiles
Amy Gibson / Stitchery Dickory Dock

Wednesday, January 27
Sherri McConnell / A Quilting Life
Melissa Mortensen / Polka Dot Chair

Thursday, January 28
Amy Ellis / Amy’s Creative Side
Heather Valentine / The Sewing Loft

Friday, January 29
Cindy Wiens / Live A Colorful Life
AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters – Wrap Up