Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 2

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Today marks Week 2 of the Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along! This week’s block is named Summer Slice and was designed by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. This block can look completely different based on fabric choices and layout.

I went super scrappy with mine. Maybe too scrappy!

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along : Week 2

I’m not 100% sure I won’t remake mine a bit calmer, but I’m going to wait until further along in the quilt along. Sometimes one block can look a bit off on it’s own, but fit well into a group of twenty.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

I can’t wait to see all of your blocks this week!

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

Summer Sampler 2016

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Time flies, doesn’t it? It was about five years ago that my best quilty friends Lee and Katie and I put together a little quilt along on our blogs, the Summer Sampler Series. The three of us loved the idea of traditional blocks made with modern fabrics and layouts. The quilt along was such a hit ~ so much fun, so many people learning new skills (us included!).

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Today we are excited to announce the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along ~ this time with twenty beautiful 12″ blocks, ten amazing designers and three quilt layouts.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Beginning Monday, May 16th and continuing through the end of September, we will be releasing one block a week for 20 weeks. That will bring us to October, when we will share our three quilt layout options. The Summer Sampler 2016 costs $20 for early birds (expires May 15th), and costs $25 after that date. For early birds, that amounts to only $1 for each block pattern. You can purchase your subscription in Lee’s pattern shop over at Freshly Pieced. If you are located in the EU, please purchase your subscription through Etsy, as it will handle the VAT.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

The subscription includes:
"  Fully tested PDF instructions with step-by-step illustrations for each week’s block
"  Each week includes a digital mock-up of a quilt layout using that particular block
"  Three sampler layout options, delivered at the end of the subscription, with fabric requirements and instructions for each
"  Access to subscriber-only Facebook group to interact with other quilters and designers
"  Sampler coloring sheet to help you plan your fabrics

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

And, drumroll please…..! The talented designers of Summer Sampler 2016 are:

Allison Harris of Cluck, Cluck, Sew
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely
Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
Katie Clark Blakesley of Swim, Bike, Quilt
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

I truly hope you join us for this summer of fun. You can subscribe over in Lee’s shop at Freshly Pieced, or on Etsy for EU customers. I can’t wait to spend the summer creating with you all!

The Murder Mystery Quilt

Whipstitch Murder Mystery Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last week one of my quilty friends Deborah Moebes of Whipstitch Modern Sewing emailed me and asked if I was interested in checking out her new Murder Mystery Quilt project and sharing it with all of you. If any of you have met Deborah in person, you know she is pretty high energy, hilarious, and just has a very infectious personality. So I kinda figured that whatever she had up her sleeve, it was going to be awesome.

The Murder Mystery Quilt is a year long (month by month) quilt along. Each month you receive not only a quilt block with complete directions, but a mystery chapter to read. The blocks might have a new-to-you technique, ranging from half square triangles to curves to applique. There are full directions and tips so you can successfully meet each challenge.

Each month there are clues to help you solve the whodunnit. The final quilt is also a mystery. You will not know the layout of the blocks and how they all fit together until the end. As time goes on, you have a chance to solve the mystery and be entered in a chance to win a prize basket.

I just think this is the most creative and fun idea! I have always loved reading mysteries and solving problems. You can find out more about this quilt along on the Whipstitch Blog. If you are ready to jump into the fun and put your detective hat on, you can subscribe in Deborah’s shop. Registration ends on February 29th ~ so don’t think too long!

The Splendid Sampler Sew Along

The Splendid Sampler Sew Along

Last summer I was lucky enough to be invited by Pat Sloan to take part in what promised to be an amazing project. The Splendid Sampler is a year long quilt along. Beginning February 14th, each week two 6″ block tutorials will be posted on the Splendid Sampler website. There are a total of 100 blocks designed by your favorite designers.

You can join the community fun over on the Facebook page – but if you aren’t on Facebook, that’s ok. You can sign up online for notifications each time there is a new post.

Be sure to check out the FAQ on the Splendid Sampler website for answers to all your questions. I’ve seen a lot of the blocks – you all are in for a real treat! I can’t wait to share my design with you later this summer. 🙂