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 and she can resend your link.

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

Fabric Spark Fabric Kits
Simply Solids Fabric Kits

Back to School

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery : National Parks Club

We are officially back to school here, and boy is it quiet in my house. Summer seemed to fly by this year. We had some ups and downs, are facing some new challenges that admittedly have slowed down my creative time over the last month, but overall we really enjoyed our quality time together over the last several weeks. Summer is typically a quiet season on the blog, but now that I have a few uninterrupted hours, I thought I’d share a hodge podge of fun stitchy things from the last couple months.

I signed up for the National Parks Birthday Club over at Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I was even lucky enough to score a National Parks needle minder! I’m hoping to add some cross stitch into my nightly mix and since we love National Parks in this house, this seemed like the perfect place to start.

Rifle Paper Co for Cotton + Steel Fabrics

I collected a bit of fabric over the summer, including these Rifle Paper Co prints for Cotton + Steel. I thought they looked perfect for fussy cutting.

Not Your Mama's Bee

My kids did an awesome job finishing up all their blocks for the Not Your Mama’s Bee (quilting bee). I’m so proud of them for learning new skills and following through on a 14 month commitment. That’s not even easy for an adult! I’m not going to lie, I’m also breathing a sigh of relief. Now for them to sew their bee blocks together to make their finished quilts!

Fabric Spark Fabric Bundle

I had fun pulling together another fabric bundle for Fabric Spark’s Monthly Sparks program. Love these bright colors.

I’ve really enjoyed having the Summer Sampler 2016 to work on all summer. A block a week has been the perfect sewing commitment during these past few months. I’m looking forward now to turning a few quilts tops into quilts, continuing on my EPP journey and brainstorming my next pieced quilt project!

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot ~ More EPP!

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics

I have so enjoyed spending the last week working with Brush Strokes, the newest fabric line by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics. Holly is so talented and has such a great eye for design, I knew that when she announced she had a fabric line coming out that it would be awesome. This line is so summery and fresh, the colors so bright and beautiful.

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics

I decided to continue on my new english paper piecing kick and work on a big pillow for my daughter. The centers are made with 2″ hexagons, the ring around the center is made with 2″ hexagon thirds, and the equilateral triangles have sides measuring 3-1/2″ (I just made them myself at home).

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics

It’s been relaxing to have a couple of EPP projects around to work on over the summer and in the evenings. I’m usually in such a rush to finish things. It’s nice to remind myself that it’s the journey with these, and not so much the destination.

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics

You can find Brush Strokes in shops now!

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

I spent the last week in Washington, DC with my family, enjoying our Spring Break. And what a Spring Break it was – so much in bloom and blue sunny skies. We landed on March 26th, right at the cherry blossom peak.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

It was absolutely beautiful weather…and a Saturday…and we enjoyed walking the Tidal Basin with what felt like millions of our closest friends. 🙂

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

When I downloaded my photos off my camera yesterday, I decided I just had to make a cherry blossom fabric pull. The whites, delicate pinks, touch of green and orange, mixed with the blue skies. This would be perfect for a spring quilt.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

My kids were at a great age to explode Washington, DC. They earned 3 more Junior Ranger badges (National Mall and Memorial Parks, Ford’s Theater, and a special Cherry Blossom badge). They absolutely loved learning about our nation’s past and government, and seeing buildings and monuments that they had only read about in books.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

It was a *lot* of walking but I am really proud of how well everyone did! I really think everyone should take at least one trip to Washington, DC. (Maybe not during Spring Break, unless you love crowds!) The flowers are hard to resist though.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

I’m happy to be back home and in our routine again. The house is quiet, the kids are in school.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

If you emailed me or placed and order, thank you for your patience while I was away. I’m working on getting all caught up and back stitching at the machine.