The Splendid Sampler

The Splendid Sampler

It’s no secret that I like samplers. Last year I was lucky enough to be invited to design a block for The Splendid Sampler quilt along. For those of you who are new to this project, The Splendid Sampler is a year long quilt along hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. The 100, 6″ blocks cover techniques like precision piecing, embroidery, appliqué, english paper piecing and foundation paper piecing. Two block patterns are released each week.

Today is my special day for the quilt along. 🙂 I designed a block called Whim. This block finishes up at 6″. Whim was inspired by improvisational quilts, but this little guy is made using a very precise method ~ foundation paper piecing. It’s like faux-improv. 😉 If you have never foundation paper pieced before, check out my tutorial!

The Splendid Sampler ~ Whim block by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

My two Whim blocks were stitched up using a monochromatic color scheme, but feel free to go crazy with your fabrics. I can’t wait to see your finished blocks. Happy stitching everyone!

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 11

Summer Sampler 2016

Today marks week 11 of the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along, and things are definitely steamy here in Chicago. Yesterday’s heat index was 109 degrees! Hot hot hot, perfect weather for the pool or sewing in the air conditioning. 🙂 This week’s block Ombre Cross is designed by AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters.

Summer Sampler Series : Week 11 / Ombre Cross by AnneMarie Chany

This block was a great challenge for me, with it’s tiny center piecing. I learned to take it slow and really concentrate on a consistent 1/4″ seam allowance.

We are officially in the second half of sewing blocks, and they are looking so fun together!

Weeks1thru11

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

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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.

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 9

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 9

Today marks Week 9 of the Summer Sampler quilt along. This week’s block is another skill builder with curves ~ we are all experts now, right? The Curves block is designed by fabric designer and screen printer extraordinaire, Karen Lewis.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 9 / Curves Block by Karen Lewis

I still need to work on my curves. This time I was able to breeze through the curved stitching (progress!), but had trouble sewing my components together to my liking. Practice makes perfect though, so I will keep trucking along with these techniques. You can see more layout ideas for full quilts using these curved units over on Karen’s blog today.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Weeks 1 thru 9

Nine weeks of blocks complete! Very summery!

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