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We have reached week 9 – the half way point for our individual blocks in the Summer Sampler Series 2018 ~ Summer Road Trip quilt along!  This week’s block, designed by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced, was inspired by the angular architecture of pagodas she visited during a trip to China.

This week’s block is traditionally pieced and Lee wrote a lot of great nesting seams into the pattern.  I love those because it makes getting those perfect points so easy.

I’m using mostly fabrics by Carolyn Friedlander for my blocks, but I wish I had gone into my stash for a lighter orange instead of that peach/white cross hatch.  I think it’s just a bit too close to the white of the background.  But oh well, live and learn!  I think it will be just fine when mixed in with the other 17 blocks.  I am loving seeing everyone’s blocks on Instagram and in the Facebook group!

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Happy July everyone!  We are in the middle of summer here and today I have two blocks to share. Block 8 is called Castillo.  It is inspired by the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.  I designed this block after visiting over Spring Break and touring while my kids earned their Junior Ranger badges.  It is such an interesting structure, full of history.

The Castillo block is modeled after the aerial view of the fort.  This block is foundation paper pieced.  I found it especially helpful to write the colors down on the paper before starting the paper piecing process.

Our family spent the last week in northern Michigan celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday!  In the race to get ready to leave town (coupled with my role as mom-taxi, shuttling the kids to their various summer-fun activities) I didn’t get a chance to post about block 7.

Half Timber was designed by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced.  Lee’s block design is inspired by German architecture.  I love this block and could see it repeating for an entire quilt.

I am having so much fun with these travel inspired blocks. I love looking at the map to see all the places we have been.  There really is inspiration all around us!

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Sometimes after stitching up a very challenging block, it’s nice to sew a block that is…no less striking…but easier to create!  This week we are traveling to the Chateau de Versailles in France.  Designer Karen Lee was inspired by the stunning marble courtyard at the entrance.

In her pattern, Karen provides some great pressing directions that create nested seams.  I love it when that happens!

I can’t wait to see everyone’s blocks!  Remember, it’s not too late to join in the fun.  For those that are starting now, feel free to jump right in at the current block, and then sew previous blocks in your free time.

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In the middle of end-of-school-year-madness, I managed to finish my Rainbow Confetti quilt.  This string quilt was foundation paper pieced and uses Vanessa Christenson’s awesome Ombre Confetti Metallic fabric for Moda.

This quilt is a gift for a very special teacher.  I thought I was way ahead of the game this year.  I pieced it in April and had plans to quilt it right away, and then sit back and relax my way through May.  Well, you know what they say about the best-laid plans?  After I finished the quilt top, the kids and I had the stomach flu, one after the other after the other.  Once we were all better, it took a couple of weeks to get back to this project.  Well…I finished with 4 days to spare this time!

I mentioned this is a foundation paper pieced quilt.  I created my own template  with 3 strings of color per side and white in the middle.  The squares are 8″ x 8″ finished and the quilt is 7 blocks by 8 blocks, or 56″ x 64″.  I don’t have a pattern for sale for this particular quilt, but you could get a similar look using Vanessa’s ombre fabrics with my Prism quilt pattern.

Ombre fabrics are so fun.  So many shades of color in each fat quarter!  For the backing, I used Cotton+Steel’s Sprinkle fabric.  I love the neutral base for the pops of color on the front.

I quilted this using my BERNINA’s BSR foot, in a meandering free motion pattern using Aurifil 50wt white thread.  Definitely my go-to quilting design.

We have been so lucky to have amazing teachers again this year at school.  My daughter is wrapping up her final days of elementary school, and I’m getting surprisingly sentimental over it!  It’s exciting to watch them grow and become their own people, but hard at the same time.

Here’s the to start of a fun summer!

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Welcome to Week 2 of the Summer Sampler 2018 : Summer Road Trip quilt along!  This week’s block comes to you from author and pattern and fabric designer, Angela Pingel. Angela’s block is inspired by the architecture and design elements of China.

This block was super fun to make.  This week’s tip is to follow the press-to-the-side directions in the quilt pattern, and you will end up with some great nesting seams in your final block assembly.

Just a reminder, you can sign up for this quilt along at any time.  When you sign up after the start date, you will get all the patterns that we’ve release to-date.  You can catch up on past blocks on your own schedule and continue quilting along with the group as we release weekly block patterns.

Happy sewing everyone!

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Today we mark the first week of the Summer Sampler 2018 : Summer Road Trip Quilt Along!  We are kicking off this summer quilt along with a block designed by Katie Blakesley of Swim, Bike, Quilt.  This block is inspired by a 15th Century Water Well in India.

I decided to pull from my stash for this year’s quilt along.  I am planning on basically following the rainbow layout.  I pulled fabrics from my Carolyn Friedlander stash, and then added in some pinks/purples from other designers.  (I think mainly Karen Lewis and Cotton+Steel.)

It’s not too late to sign up for this quilt along.  When you sign up after the start date, you will get all the patterns that we’ve release to-date.  You can catch up on past blocks on your own schedule and continue quilting along with the group (550+ quilters!) as we release weekly block patterns.

I’m so excited to see everyone’s quilts take shape over the next few months!  Happy sewing everyone!

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Have you noticed the trend of supersizing quilt blocks?  One quilt block, enlarged, can make a huge statement as an entire quilt top.  Today on BERNINA’s We All Sew blog, I walk you through the process of how I supersize my own blocks.  All you need is some graph paper!  Stop on over and learn how to design your next quilt.

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Happy Monday everyone!  Today I am sharing with you a very happy quilt and pattern that I hope you will use to make a comfort quilt for someone in need.  Please head on over to BERNINA’s We All Sew blog for all the details and the free pattern for my Spectacle quilt.

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