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

Flying Geese ~ Perfect Points

Flying Geese Paper Piecing Templates at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy Saturday! Yesterday when I posted my rainbow geese sneak peek, I had several people comment and email me about how to I got my perfect points. I think most people traditionally piece their flying geese (and I have instructions for how to do that on my Radiant Splendor block tutorial).

When I first started making flying geese, I made them using the traditionally pieced method. But like some of you, I was never totally pleased with the results. (I can be a perfectionist at times.) Once I learned to paper piece, I decided to try paper piecing my flying geese. And not surprisingly, just like everything else that comes from paper piecing, they were perfection.

At the bottom of my Patterns and Tutorials page, I provide links to download the templates I use in various sizes. But just to make it easier for you, I am linking to them here as well. All the sizes listed are finished sizes. The templates do include the 1/4″ seam allowance around each flying geese paper piecing unit.

1″ x 2″ 2″ x 4″ 2-1/2″ x 5″ 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″

As with all templates online, be sure to print at 100% or “Actual Size”. If you have never paper pieced before, I do have a tutorial for getting started.

I hope you enjoy them!