Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Sampler Anyone?

Swim, Bike, Quilt Have you heard about the Summer Sampler Series Quilt Along? It just started yesterday and is being hosted by three bloggers I regularly read:  Freshly Pieced, Fresh Lemons Modern Quilts and Swim, Bike, Quilt.  I'm joining in because we're only making 12 blocks, there's no need to buy a book and I can donate the finished quilt to participate in 100 Quilts for Kids.  I believe that's a win-win-win, right Dwight?

If you've been following Stitched in Color much, you may have gathered that I lean towards simple piecing.  Yep, I do!  I thought making this sampler quilt would be a little taste of the other side.  Oh, and we're going to do some paper piecing which I so want to learn. Yeah!  Here are all 12 blocks on the menu:

Summer Sampler Series


I kind of see myself skipping 1 or 2 if they just don't feel right at the time. In that case, I'll just make another traditional block or repeat a favorite. Because I'm in control. Muahahahaa.

fabrics for the Summer Sampler QAL


If you're on the fence about joining, totally steer clear of your fabric stash. My mind went from maybe to "yes" when I started playing. I started with the berry/cerise prints on top. Somehow even though Kona Cerise is one of my very favorite, always-running-low fabrics I have hardly even cut into my similar-toned prints. Time to use them! And I always love that color with golden mustard yellow.  I added the black for the "cool" factor and because it's a bit unusual for me. And then there they were.  I knew it was meant to be.

Star of Virginia


This is "Star of Virginia", the first block which Kate taught yesterday.  Look, look, I finally used some tape measure fabric!  Score!!!  Sorry, but this is one I've seen around f.o.r.e.v.e.r. and always admired.  It's almost "word" fabric, right Penny?  The star points are Mendocino and Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry.  With a scribble background from Robert Kaufman.  Check out how I kept my scribbles flowing in the same direction?  This was one of those rare times where I planned it "right" and it actually worked out right.

It was a good morning.

Oh, speaking of good vs. bad mornings, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help on Saturday.  Your support and really good advice is exactly what I needed.  I'm going to give the whole mock-up another go, this time using my actual fabric and making all sorts of adjustments that you recommended.  Thanks to you, I have a whole, huge list of links and ideas for darting up these "assets" ;).  And, I'm pretty darn sure that it's going to work out because yesterday I promised to write an article all about darts by September for a friend.  And that's my personal guarantee to myself that I. will. conquer. the. dart.

Thanks!!!

20 comments:

  1. I've seen this one too and am trying to decide if I've got the energy to add another project...my brain says no but my heart says yes! Love your VA star block- great use of that measuring tape fabric!!

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  2. Love your block, and good luck with the 'boobage' x

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  3. beautiful block! you've inspired me to make mine tonight. I need a finish to boost my self esteem, lol.

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  4. GREAT block. Do you know the name of the scribble fabric, other than "scribble fabric"? :)It's so cool!

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  5. I'm in too, although I'm already behind. About to sit down now to sew up my Star of Virginia. Yours looks great!

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  6. Hi Rachel. I just wanted to invite you to our modern quiltalong as well. That is if you have time! You can read all about it here:
    http://reannalilydesigns.com/2011/06/modern-row-robin-quilt-along/#comments
    We are on row two, but they're fast and easy and row two only just posted yesterday.

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  7. I've been thinking about this one as well! It seems small enough that I can commit to finishing somewhat quickly, and I do like the thought of trying out several new blocks. Your first one is beautiful! I love the color combination, and the fabrics you chose work so well together. Like you said, it's a win-win-win.

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  8. Live a Colorful Life - i know it's by Robert Kaufman and that it must be kind of old....

    Kelli - Hey, you can't be behind yet - they haven't posted tomorrow's block! =0)

    Melissa - I don't think I'll be able to join in, but I sure enjoyed looking at what you're doing. This week's row is stunning with all those stars!

    Thanks, Jacey! I wrote that win-win-win for you, ya know =)

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  9. I think I will join in too! The Farmers Wife is AMAZING but perhaps a bit beyond my skill set! This one looks like I could actually do it! :)

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  10. Oooh, that's one gorgeous stack you've got there. : ) Glad you're joining in!

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  11. Your fabric is so cute per usual. Have fun with your blocks.

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  12. I would love to join, but I am not really sure how to go about doing so. I love your measuring tap fabric... soooo cute!!!!

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  13. So tempting! I think it's the awesome graphic colors that tempt me, not the quilt itself...he he! Cant' wait to see yours all sewn up; I'll be quilting vicariously through you!

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  14. This is another one I am going to be unfortunately running behind on, but I am going to follow with high hopes.

    Your block looks great! Was it challenging? Some of them look tricky!

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  15. I've been on the fence since yesterday. Still deciding as I don't want to go out and buy more fabric. I do love your VA block though. I think the colour choice is stunning.

    dxx

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  16. You've inspired me! I've joined! And my block/fabric choices are up!

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  17. oh, I love the fabrics you chose & your block looks great!

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  18. Great colors, and fun block with the tape measure center! Hope you have lots of fun with this!!

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  19. Hannah - to join in you just follow the blogs that I linked to in the first paragraph. They're posting directions for each block on M/W/F. You can also join the Flickr group if you like for the community!

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  20. Your block is beautiful! Thanks for the 100 Quilts shout out, too. Can't wait to see what else becomes of that great stack of fabric :)

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