Summer Sampler Series – A Quilt Along

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A couple of months ago, I was approached by Katie of Swim, Bike Quilt with a fabulous idea. She had seen my post on Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns and was wondering if I was interested in cohosting a sampler quilt along featuring blocks from the book, as well as learning more about the history of each block. Of course I was! We were very fortunate to then recruit Lee of Freshly Pieced to join in the fun too.

The Summer Sampler Series will begin Monday, July 11th. We will create three quilt blocks each week for four weeks, for a total of twelve quilt blocks. The quilt blocks will be 12.5″ unfinished. Monday’s will be over at Katie’s blog, Wednesday’s here at Fresh Lemons and Friday’s at Lee’s blog. I have set up a page at the top of my header (Quilt Alongs) where you will be able to find links to all the block instructions.

These are the fabulous blocks we will create:

Summer Sampler Series

Katie will be making her blocks using a fabric collection (Denyse Schmidt’s Katie Jump Rope), Lee will be making scrappy blocks, and I will be making my blocks using solids (Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements).

Patricia Bravo Pure Elements

We hope you will join us! This quilt along is for all levels. It is for those who love traditional quilts and those who love “modern” quilts. Yes, there will be a wee bit of paper piecing for a couple blocks but please do not let that scare you away. We are all in this together and will hold each other’s hands as we learn new skills and perfect old ones. Owning Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns is not necessary. (But it’s a great book, you might want to get it anyway!)

Please join our Flickr group, introduce yourself and start thinking fabrics!

For reference, I purchased a half yard set of Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements and then also ordered an extra 2 yards of the white/ivory for sashing. This fabric can be found at Moona Fabrics on Etsy, Fat Quarter Shop, and Hawthorne Threads.

Snag a badge below for your blog and come quilt along with us. I can’t wait to see what we create together!

Fresh Lemons Quilts

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    June 30, 2011

    This is spectacular! I can’t wait to start!

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    June 30, 2011

    Great blocks!

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    June 30, 2011

    i am not sure that i will have the time to fully participate, but i will certainly be following along. especially if there is paper piecing involved! i want to learn more about how to do it and create my own block designs.

    i will participate as much as i can and if i finish the whole quilt–WONDERFUL!

    thanks for putting this together, girls!

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    June 30, 2011

    ah, you’re tempting me!! I haven’t been joining any of these recently (no time!), but I may have to cave for this one – those blocks look fun!!

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    June 30, 2011

    I wish I had the time to quilt along with y’all. Sigh…I’ll have to just watch from the sidelines.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    June 30, 2011

    I wish I was joining in, but I just don’t have a reason to make this quilt. Still, I’m so going to be following along. I’d love to learn about paper piecing!

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    June 30, 2011

    Now that’s a sampler I would love to make. I’ll check my stash and see what I have that would be great for this quilt.

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    June 30, 2011

    this looks like so much fun! i have so many things on my to do list! i might just have to jump on the wagon!

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    Katie B

    June 30, 2011

    This looks really fun! I love the idea of the solids quilt.

    Faith, do you think we could get away with a FQ bundle of the Pure Elements solids, or do you think the half yard bundle is necessary. (I’m sure it’s hard to estimate with blocks like this!)


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      June 30, 2011

      Katie – I would say you could start with a FQ bundle and towards the end if you need a little extra of a certain color you could order a FQ of an extra one or two.

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        Katie B

        June 30, 2011

        Thanks! 🙂

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    Amanda Elizabeth

    June 30, 2011

    dang! this looks so fun!!! I think I might join in and keep it scrappy. It’ll be an instant gratification project compared to fwqal 😉 Thanks so much for hosting this!

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    June 30, 2011

    I’m completely into solids right now, and the Pat Bravo solids are so beautiful and saturated. I’m in, with the solids, and coincidentally the book just arrived in the mail last week.

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    June 30, 2011

    I’m joing up! I have ordered all my fabric and and am excited to be apart of my first vitual quilt along ever!

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    June 30, 2011

    This looks so, so neat! So tempted! Argh. I love the idea of doing it with solids too.

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    June 30, 2011

    Very cool! I was reading your post the other day on the Barbara Brackman book, and I was curious about the contents of the book. It looks very comprehensive. I am eager to see the blocks that you introduce in the quilt along. The blocks in the pictures look amazing. This sounds like a lot of fun.

    Also, I just wanted to thank you for creating your Lemon Squares quilt pattern. I used the pattern to create a quilt for my son using Pima cottons and my husband’s old dress shirts. I love the result. The directions were great and I enjoyed making the blocks. Here is a link to the finished quilt top on my Flickr stream:

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    June 30, 2011

    How fun! I’m in!

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    June 30, 2011

    I was so excited when I saw your photos on flickr– I think I’m in! Now the hard part will be picking the right combinations of fabric. I love the solids you have in the illustration of the blocks– that is going to look really nice! I might have to pull together a combination of my favorite prints and some solids!

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    June 30, 2011

    I can’t get the badge to work for me…. is this just something I’m doing wrong? (highly possible!)

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    July 1, 2011

    I am in! I don’t know what fabrics I’m going to use yet, but I’m excited to get started!

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    July 4, 2011

    I am at least going to watch this come together. I love, love, love the look of the quilt. The problem is, I have too many is the “to be made” pile. Can I add another?

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    Jan May

    July 5, 2011

    Arghh – I must be mad! I’m already doing one QAL, but I can’t resist – it’s too lovely to ignore. Guess what I’m doing tomorrow? Rummaging through my stash 🙂

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    Michelle G

    July 6, 2011

    Can’t wait to start!!! The blocks look great!!!

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    Garnie P. Bethea

    July 6, 2011

    I’m in! This will be my first “quilt along”. Hope I can keep up.

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    July 6, 2011

    Fabric ordered and in the mail. Looking forward to getting started!

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    July 7, 2011

    I love the way this quilt looks with the solids! I’ll be following how to make these blocks with interest. They’re great!

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    Becky J

    July 7, 2011

    so fun! I want to join in on this fun quilt. Curious as to how much material I really need total? at least if you can give me a rough estimate I would love the help…. Thanks so much looking forward to Monday.

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      July 7, 2011

      Hi Becky! We estimate that each 12.5 inch (unfinished) quilt block will take the equivalent of a fat quarter to make; three yards of printed fabric and two yards of solids should be more than enough.

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    July 10, 2011

    Hope I will have my fabrics picked out in time. Just found your site.

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    July 10, 2011

    I’m doing another quilt a long this summer, but I love these blocks a ton, so I’m in … 🙂 thanks.

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    July 12, 2011

    I just found your blog and am completely excited. I have been looking to join a quilt along. This will be my first one. I love the blocks. I think I might be a slight copy cat and use all solids. I have been waiting anxiously for just the right project to use solid colors with a white background. Now I am just anxiously awaiting my fabric order in the mail. I maybe a little late to the party, but I’ll get there.

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      July 12, 2011

      Welcome Kristin – glad to have you on board!

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    Shawn Schumacher

    July 18, 2011

    OKay so I really tried not to join in on this quilt along… but I could not help it. I have a ton of old fabric in solids that was given to me and I just can’t give it away. I know that it is not as nice as the fabric they sell now, but it was free. Hard to beat. So here I am I cut out the first four blocks and I am going to do it! I am not sure if I will get to any of the others as I am leaving for vacation and will miss the other tuts. Have fun, and maybe I will make it through the whole thing!

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    November 30, 2011

    I know I’m really late on this one, but it’s the first day of summer down here in the Southern hemisphere… so I’m starting this one very soon!

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    April 1, 2012

    One year later, and I’ve just discovered this quilt-along! Lovely patterns and I can’t wait to get started. Off to the fabric store…

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    Lauren Ryan

    April 6, 2012

    A group of ladies in our neighborhood wanted to learn how to quilt, and thankfully with your FABULOUS direction, they have done 5 blocks already. They went from not knowing anything about quilting to already in 5 months being able to tackle Solstice Stars for a baby quilt for a neighbor. Thank you, love your blog!!


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