Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 3

Summer Sampler Series 2016

Today marks the third week of the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along! This week may be a bit scary for some of you, because we are tackling our first block with curves and templates! The Snow Cone quilt block was designed by Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft. A perfect block for the start of summer.

Summer Sampler Series 2016

You may be surprised to hear that I finished this block faster than either of the blocks from Week 1 or Week 2. I thought I’d share a few pictures.

When cutting out my templates, I debated where I wanted to use each print (since I’m going pretty crazy scrappy). I found it helpful to cut and lay out all my pieces before getting started with the sewing.

Summer Sampler Series 2016

When I sewed my curves, I started with a pin in the creased center (just like in the pattern).

Summer Sampler Series 2016

Then I matched up one end and pinned. I repeated the same for the other end. If you are new to curves, I know it looks like there can’t possibly be enough fabric, but I promise there is! Put in as many pins as you need to feel comfortable sewing.

Summer Sampler Series 2016

For sewing them together, stitch from one end to the other. Take it slow and if you need to occasionally lift your presser foot and shift the fabric, go ahead. After a bit of practice, you may find that you don’t even need to pin, or just can pin once in the center.

Summer Sampler Series 2016

If you are a visual person like me, check on this great video tutorial by Angela Pingel on sewing curves.

Here’s my blocks from Weeks 1 through 3 all together! I plan on working some more blue into my next block.

Summer Sampler Series 2016

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s snow cones 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 Series Complete!

Summer Sampler Series

It’s done! I finally finished up my Summer Sampler Series quilt. I am *so* happy with how it turned out.

Summer Sampler Series Detail 1

Honestly I never thought I would make a Sampler quilt. They are definitely beautiful and a lot of work goes into them…but I always thought they were too traditional to peak my interest. I guess that just goes to show that you should never say never. Although these blocks all have traditional roots, I feel like the fabrics and sashing give this quilt a distinctly modern feel. Even my husband likes it! (And that is saying something. :))

Summer Sampler Series Detail 2

For those that didn’t follow along, the solids I used for the quilt blocks were from Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements collection. I am very much in love with the fabric – the colors, the silkiness. I plan on keeping some permanently in my stash. The 2″ wide grey sashing is Free Spirit Designer Solids Nugray. I also am really happy with their solids and plan to order more. I need a swatch card!

Summer Sampler Series Back

For the backing I used a print from Tanya Whelan’s Dolce Fabric collection. I had been saving this fabric to make some clothing, but….well, that never happened! And in the spirit of using what I have, I decided it would make a great quilt backing. There is also a dark purple stripe which is from the Pat Bravo Pure Elements line that I used on the front.

Summer Sampler Series Detail 3

I decided to quilt this one in a free motion meandering style. There are a *lot* of seams on this quilt and I wanted to do some heavy quilting to make sure it all stays in place for a long time.

Summer Sampler Series Back Detail

The binding is Free Spirit Designer Solids Manatee. The final quilt measures around 44″ x 58″.

I have really enjoyed watching so many of these quilts come together in the Flickr group. If you haven’t checked it out, be sure to stop by and be inspired. Also, if you weren’t able to quilt along with us, don’t worry. The tutorials will be up indefinitely, so you can always make yours at a future date.

Summer Sampler Series Quilt Top

I finished my quilt top for the Summer Sampler Series! I took everyone’s advice and added sashing and cornerstones. As I was staring at my solids trying to figure out the right choice, my eyes settled on Free Spirit Designer Solids Nugray. I think it is a bit unexpected but added some balance to the beautiful bright colors of Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements. The cornerstones are fabrics from the blocks, tying the whole thing together. The sashing is 2″ wide and the cornerstones are 2″ squares. I can’t wait to quilt this and share the finished product with you!

Summer Sampler Series Round Up

Here they are in all their glory – the twelve blocks of the Summer Sampler Series. I do plan to arrange them in probably the same order as the icon on the summary page. Now to think about finishing details…to sash or not to sash? If you haven’t checked out the Flickr group to see everyone else’s completed blocks, be sure to stop by. There are some amazing creations!