Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 16

Summer Sampler 2016

Monday means another block of the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along! This week’s block, Starshine, is designed by Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely. It is foundation paper pieced, which is one of my personal favorite techniques. I love how it allows for everything to be so exact, and all these fun shapes and angles. My one tip this week – as always when paper piecing – is to make one unit first and make sure the cut fabric sizes work best for you. The sizes listed in the pattern are the sizes we used to make our blocks, but if you are new to paper piecing, you may want to work with bigger fabric pieces. And that’s ok!

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 16 / Starshine by Holly DeGroot

We are on the final row of my design wall. I can’t believe soon we will be talking about quilt top layouts!

Summer Sampler 2016 : Weeks 1 - 16

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

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Simply Solids Fabric Kits

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 10

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 10

We have reached the halfway point of the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along ~ woohoo! Block ten, Parallel, is designed by Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely. This block is assembled using foundation paper piecing, and uses my old frenemy…geometry.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 10 / Parallel by Holly DeGroot

For those fairly new to foundation paper piecing, this one will be a little more challenging than XSpot, which was paper piecing strips. But once you get the feel for working with angles, a new world will open up to you.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Weeks 1 thru 10

Here’s all ten blocks together!

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

Union Square ~ Quilt Top

Union Square ~ Quilt Top

I spent much of the rainy day here yesterday at my sewing machine. I finished up my Union Square quilt blocks and then started playing with a layout. I mentioned earlier that I didn’t have a lot of the background fabric, so I wasn’t feeling very confident that I would come up with something I really liked.

Union Square ~ Quilt Top

After stitching the blocks together, I decided it needed a border to make it pop. And it turns out, I had the perfect print. The blue canvas border is from Rain Walk by Anna Graham of Noodlehead, called Ripple in Navy.

Union Square ~ Quilt Top

I cannot wait to show you how it looks all laid out. Sorry for the “sneak peeks”, but it’s such a great effect that I don’t want to spoil the final reveal. I plan on quilting it soon, although I just love it on the design wall right now.

Union Square in Progress and Pattern Shop

Union Square Quilt Block Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve spent a bit of time this week working on my Union Square quilt blocks. I really like this metallic linen I’m using for the background. I’m kicking myself for only buying a yard. When I got it, I figured I would use it on a bag, not a quilt. Oh well – I’m sure there are plenty of other awesome metallic linens out there, right?

Union Square Quilt Block Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I was in my happy place, chain paper piecing the corner segments for these blocks.

Union Square Quilt Block Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Now to assemble them. When sewing the corner components to the nine patch, I will admit it is a bit tricky getting everything lined up just right. I’m going to cut myself some slack and not worry if it’s a millimeter off.

I also wanted to let everyone know that my Picnic Point quilt pattern (PDF) is now in the shop! (It’s also available on Etsy and Craftsy.) I know a few of you have found it already. 🙂 Thank you!