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

Fabric Spark Fabric Kits
Simply Solids Fabric Kits

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 ~ Week 1

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 1

We are so excited ~ today is the first day of the Summer Sampler 2016 pattern launch! For those of you that have signed up, thank you! We have an amazing, global community sewing together this summer and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the response. For anyone who hasn’t signed up, but wants to join in the fun, see the bottom of this post for details.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 1

This week’s block comes to us from AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters. You won’t want to miss the jaw dropping story behind the quilt block name, so pop on over to her blog!

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 1

I decided to use my “Cherry Blossoms” inspiration fabric pull for my quilt. My background will be low volume prints.

We’ve already seen blocks popping up on Instagram and in our private Facebook group this morning ~ you all are fast! I am loving all the different color schemes everyone has come up with.

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)

Fabric Spark is offering two custom solids bundles for sale for use in the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt blocks. You can find those in this listing.