Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 6

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along : Corner Canyon by Amy Smart

Here we are in Week 6 of the Summer Sampler quilt along! This week’s block, Corner Canyon, was designed by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. When I was making the Corner Canyon block, the word that really stuck in my head was “clever”.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along : Corner Canyon by Amy Smart

This block has just that sort of clever construction ~ where you sew different shapes together, cut, open, sew more shapes to it, cut, open…then BAM! You have a block unit with a bunch of triangles and you aren’t entirely sure how that magically happened. 🙂

Our first six blocks are now complete, and it’s starting to look great! At this point all the colors are included a bit, and you can start getting a feel for the overall quilt.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along : Corner Canyon by Amy Smart

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 Crafting with Kids ~ Weaving

Summer Crafting with Kids ~ Weaving

Every summer I have lofty visions of the kids and I crafting the days away. Things never turn out entirely like I imagine, but we have a handful of good days mixed into the break. This year I thought it would be fun for everyone to learn how to weave. It looked like something that could be as easy or complex as you want it to be, and the kids would be able to quickly make a finished item they could hold in their hands.

Summer Crafting with Kids ~ Weaving

A month ago, we watched Annabel Wrigley’s Creativebug videos, Weaving for Beginners, on YouTube. There are five in the series and they were super helpful and clear. I started shopping around for lap looms and decided I like the looks of the looms from Funem Studio on Etsy. I really liked that they included the heddle bar. I bought Mediums for the kids and a Large for myself. We just bought the looms, but there is also an option to buy kits with more supplies included. After the looms arrived, I also decided to buy a digital copy of her instructions.

Other looms I looked at for the kids were the Harrisville Designs Lap Loom (Style A) and the Melissa & Doug Multi-Craft Weaving Loom. And just last week, I saw a very inexpensive loom at Target, in their wooden crafts aisle.

So we started weaving and my kids loved it. In fact, my 7 year old son *really* loved it. He sat still for hours working on his project! (This almost never happens). Both kids still needed help with switching colors, but besides that they did all the weaving on their own.

Summer Crafting with Kids ~ Weaving

I sort of screwed up by not having them start a few inches from the bottom, so when I pulled them off the looms to tie off the bottoms, I didn’t have a lot of warp thread to work with. Lesson learned for next time though!

We hung their finished art from branches we collected from the woods behind our house. And we have the looms all set up for their next (slightly bigger!) projects. I’m calling this new craft a success!

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

Fabric Spark Fabric Kits
Simply Solids Fabric Kits