Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 7

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 7 / Trail Crossing

This week marks week seven of the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along, and we are up to our eyeballs in curves! Luckily, we are all experts after the Snow Cone block during week three. Our block this week is called Trail Crossing, and was designed by one of my cohosts, Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 7 / Trail Crossing

There are a total of 8 curves to sew on this block, so you will definitely find your rhythm with the technique.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 7 / Trail Crossing

Here are all my blocks together! I am still leaning towards remaking my week 2 block ~ don’t be surprised if you see a new one in there one of these weeks!

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

My Favorite Quilting Tools

Favorite Tools for Quilters

When I was first starting quilting, I was a bit overwhelmed about what tools I needed to make a quilt, and what I should put on my wish list for later. I thought it would be fun to share the most used and most important items in my sewing space. Hop on over to BERNINA’s We All Sew blog today, where I share all my favorite quilting tools.

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.

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 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!