Southwest Highway ~ Summer Sampler 2018

Southwest Highway block by Katie Pedersen for Summer Sampler 2018

I am excited / nervous for Week 3’s block of the Summer Sampler Series.  Meet Southwest Highway by Katie Pedersen of Sew Katie Did.  Katie’s block is inspired by the mountains of New Mexico.

Summer Sampler 2018 - New Mexico

So why am I a wee bit nervous? This week marks our first Foundation Paper Pieced block.  For those of you who have quilted along with us before, you will breeze right through this one.  For those of you who are new to the technique, I made “How to Paper Piece this Block” video for you!  I hope you find it helpful.  You may want to watch the whole thing through before getting started.

This week’s tip is to mark your fabric colors on your paper piecing templates before getting started.  It’s nice to have the words right there when you are trying to remember which color comes next.

Southwest Highway block by Katie Pedersen for Summer Sampler 2018

I can’t wait to see your blocks!  And especially to hear all the first time foundation paper piecer success stories. 🙂



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    Pat S

    May 28, 2018

    Thanks so much for the video. I am definitely new to paper piecing and have looked forward to this block with excitement and dread.

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    October 5, 2018

    Hi Faith,

    Thank you so very much for this helpful tutorial on paper piecing fro the Southwest Highway block. I got a late start on the quilt and then stalled out before beginning this third block. Following your tutorial I just made up a practice one and am now ready to tackle the block in my quilt fabric.
    Happy to learn new skills,

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      October 7, 2018

      I’m so happy you found it helpful!!


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