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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Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 3

Summer Sampler Series 2016

Today marks the third week of the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along! This week may be a bit scary for some of you, because we are tackling our first block with curves and templates! The Snow Cone quilt block was designed by Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft. A perfect block for the start of summer.

Summer Sampler Series 2016

You may be surprised to hear that I finished this block faster than either of the blocks from Week 1 or Week 2. I thought I’d share a few pictures.

When cutting out my templates, I debated where I wanted to use each print (since I’m going pretty crazy scrappy). I found it helpful to cut and lay out all my pieces before getting started with the sewing.

Summer Sampler Series 2016

When I sewed my curves, I started with a pin in the creased center (just like in the pattern).

Summer Sampler Series 2016

Then I matched up one end and pinned. I repeated the same for the other end. If you are new to curves, I know it looks like there can’t possibly be enough fabric, but I promise there is! Put in as many pins as you need to feel comfortable sewing.

Summer Sampler Series 2016

For sewing them together, stitch from one end to the other. Take it slow and if you need to occasionally lift your presser foot and shift the fabric, go ahead. After a bit of practice, you may find that you don’t even need to pin, or just can pin once in the center.

Summer Sampler Series 2016

If you are a visual person like me, check on this great video tutorial by Angela Pingel on sewing curves.

Here’s my blocks from Weeks 1 through 3 all together! I plan on working some more blue into my next block.

Summer Sampler Series 2016

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s snow cones this week!

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

Fabric Spark Fabric Kits
Simply Solids Fabric Kits

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 2

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Today marks Week 2 of the Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along! This week’s block is named Summer Slice and was designed by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. This block can look completely different based on fabric choices and layout.

I went super scrappy with mine. Maybe too scrappy!

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along : Week 2

I’m not 100% sure I won’t remake mine a bit calmer, but I’m going to wait until further along in the quilt along. Sometimes one block can look a bit off on it’s own, but fit well into a group of twenty.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

I can’t wait to see all of your blocks this week!

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

Fabric Spark Fabric Kits
Simply Solids Fabric Kits

Summer Sampler 2016

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Time flies, doesn’t it? It was about five years ago that my best quilty friends Lee and Katie and I put together a little quilt along on our blogs, the Summer Sampler Series. The three of us loved the idea of traditional blocks made with modern fabrics and layouts. The quilt along was such a hit ~ so much fun, so many people learning new skills (us included!).

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Today we are excited to announce the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along ~ this time with twenty beautiful 12″ blocks, ten amazing designers and three quilt layouts.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Beginning Monday, May 16th and continuing through the end of September, we will be releasing one block a week for 20 weeks. That will bring us to October, when we will share our three quilt layout options. The Summer Sampler 2016 costs $20 for early birds (expires May 15th), and costs $25 after that date. For early birds, that amounts to only $1 for each block pattern. You can purchase your subscription in Lee’s pattern shop over at Freshly Pieced. If you are located in the EU, please purchase your subscription through Etsy, as it will handle the VAT.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

The subscription includes:
"  Fully tested PDF instructions with step-by-step illustrations for each week’s block
"  Each week includes a digital mock-up of a quilt layout using that particular block
"  Three sampler layout options, delivered at the end of the subscription, with fabric requirements and instructions for each
"  Access to subscriber-only Facebook group to interact with other quilters and designers
"  Sampler coloring sheet to help you plan your fabrics

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

And, drumroll please…..! The talented designers of Summer Sampler 2016 are:

Allison Harris of Cluck, Cluck, Sew
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely
Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
Katie Clark Blakesley of Swim, Bike, Quilt
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

I truly hope you join us for this summer of fun. You can subscribe over in Lee’s shop at Freshly Pieced, or on Etsy for EU customers. I can’t wait to spend the summer creating with you all!