Holiday Seasons and Looking Ahead

Holiday Quilt Along

Yes, that is Christmas fabric. I know, Thanksgiving first, right? But I also know that we need to get started now if we want to enjoy our holiday decor during the actual holiday season.

Case in point…I did not finish my Halloween cross stitch in time this year. But there is always 2017!

Holiday Quilt Along

The holiday fabric – Good Cheer in Coal from Juniper Berry by Basic Gray for Moda Fabrics – and Kona solid swatches at the top are part of a project I’ve been finalizing over the last week. Starting Monday, I will be hosting a month long holiday quilt along over at BERNINA’s We All Sew. It’s not a quilt, but a quilted table runner with four awesome, modern, holiday block patterns. (And hey, there is nothing stopping you from using those blocks in a quilt!) I’m so very excited to share! Until then…I’ll be at my machine and computer if you need me. 🙂

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

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!