Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 10

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 10

We have reached the halfway point of the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along ~ woohoo! Block ten, Parallel, is designed by Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely. This block is assembled using foundation paper piecing, and uses my old frenemy…geometry.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 10 / Parallel by Holly DeGroot

For those fairly new to foundation paper piecing, this one will be a little more challenging than XSpot, which was paper piecing strips. But once you get the feel for working with angles, a new world will open up to you.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Weeks 1 thru 10

Here’s all ten blocks together!

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.

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Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 8

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 8

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope everyone (in the USA) has fun plans for today’s holiday. Maybe it involves a little time at the sewing machine? Today marks Week 8 (EIGHT!!) of the Summer Sampler quilt along. This week’s block, Deck of Cards, is designed by Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 8 / Deck of Cards by Lynne Goldsworthy

When I first saw this block, I admit I thought “oh no, a million half square triangles to piece and trim…” 🙂 But then I started reading the directions. The HSTs are made by stitching onto a paper template and then cutting on lines…and magic! Tons of perfectly sized HST units. As a newbie to this technique, I was amazed (and in love)!

Summer Sampler 2016 : Weeks 1 thru 8

Here are Weeks 1 thru 8. I’m super happy with how it is turning out! I can’t wait to see everyone’s Deck of Cards blocks.

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
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#summersampler2016 Instagram Posts

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Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 5

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

I can’t believe we are already on Week 5 of the Summer Sampler quilt along. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was on vacation last week. Our family explored the Pacific Northwest and it was beautiful and amazing. I somehow managed to take 2000 pictures…I’m not sure how long it will take me to go through those. All summer? 🙂

This morning I have been playing catchup. The first thing I did was sit down and stitch up the Sugarhouse block by Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

I love this block, especially the fact that it came together so quickly! I’m continuing with my scrappy theme, and that is really the only part that slows me down. Unfolding, pressing, refolding for every piece is a bit tedious.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Here are Weeks 1 through 5 all together. I am just loving it!

Special note this week: 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.

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.

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

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Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 4 and Paper Piecing Tutorial

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

Welcome to Week 4 of the Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along! Everyone did SO WELL with their curves last week. I was seriously impressed! I really enjoyed reading comments from some you who were trying the technique for the first time. I think the overall feeling was that it wasn’t as scary as you had thought. Well, I hope you feel the same way about foundation paper piecing. 🙂

I designed this week’s pattern, the X Spot block. This block uses super easy foundation paper piecing, suitable for beginners.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

I thought I’d give a quick photo tutorial of the paper piecing portion of the pattern.


X Spot Block Paper Piecing Tutorial

Reduce your stitch length so that the paper template will perforate easily. I used 1.4 stitch length.

1. Gather your fabric and paper piecing template from the pattern, Paper Piece your Templates, Step 1.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

Since I am using a mixture of prints, I laid them out ahead of time so I could find the perfect design order for me.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

Tip: When paper piecing in general, you may find it helpful to write the fabric color name on the template pieces to prevent confusion as you sew. (This is really helpful in more complex paper pieced blocks.)

2. Select your fabric cut for Piece 1 and place it right side out on the back of your template, making sure to cover the entire template space 1. Pin or glue stick into place.

Select your fabric cut for Piece 2. Place it right side together with your fabric for Piece 1, which you pinned into place in the last step.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

Hold your template up to the light and make sure at least 1/4″ of the fabric overlaps into template space 2. This will probably feel backwards and wrong the first few times you do it. Pin into place.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

3. Sew along the seam line on the template between pieces 1 and 2. Be sure to sew a bit into the seam allowance. I also like to backstitch at the beginning and end. Remove your pins.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

If necessary, fold back your paper and trim your seam allowance to 1/4″.

4. Your block should now look like this:

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

Press your fabric open.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

5. Take your fabric cut for Piece 3. Place it right sides together with Pieces 1 and 2, which you already have sewn into place.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

Hold your template up to the light and make sure at least 1/4″ of the fabric overlaps into template space 3. Pin into place.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

6. Sew along the seam line on the template.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

If necessary, fold back your paper and trim your seam allowance to 1/4″.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

7. Press your fabric open.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

8. Repeat this process until you have paper pieced all your strips.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

9. Trim your block according to the X Spot Block Pattern instructions.

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

Summer Sampler 2016 : X Spot

I can’t wait to see everyone’s X Spot blocks on Instagram and in the Facebook group!

Special note this week: A few people emailed last week because they didn’t see their pattern link in their inbox. After some digging around, it looks like their SPAM filter had snatched up the email. If you are having trouble and don’t see your email anywhere, please email Lee at FreshlyPieced@gmail.com and she can resend your link.

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.

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

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Simply Solids Fabric Kits