Half Timber & Castillo ~ Summer Sampler 2018

Castillo ~ Summer Sampler Series 2018

Happy July everyone!  We are in the middle of summer here and today I have two blocks to share. Block 8 is called Castillo.  It is inspired by the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.  I designed this block after visiting over Spring Break and touring while my kids earned their Junior Ranger badges.  It is such an interesting structure, full of history.

The Castillo block is modeled after the aerial view of the fort.  This block is foundation paper pieced.  I found it especially helpful to write the colors down on the paper before starting the paper piecing process.

Our family spent the last week in northern Michigan celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday!  In the race to get ready to leave town (coupled with my role as mom-taxi, shuttling the kids to their various summer-fun activities) I didn’t get a chance to post about block 7.

Half Timber ~ Summer Sampler Series 2018

Half Timber was designed by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced.  Lee’s block design is inspired by German architecture.  I love this block and could see it repeating for an entire quilt.

Summer Sampler Series 2018

I am having so much fun with these travel inspired blocks. I love looking at the map to see all the places we have been.  There really is inspiration all around us!



  1. Reply

    Penny Guglielmoni

    July 30, 2018

    Hi – I don’t want to make the whole quilt, but having grown up in Jacksonville and travelled to Castillo de San Marcos every year for school trips I would like to own the pattern for this block alone. I will pay for it and am not trying to blow up the process, but I love this block and the significance it has in my life. I will try to make it even though not all of my paper piecing turns out like I want. Please contact me where this block might be available.


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