Thursday, December 8, 2016

playing Favorites

A second Penny Sampler... it's both exciting and intimidating.  I love the idea of making those special blocks again and of taking the journey with you, especially without the extra work of creating and writing the patterns as I sew.

But it's challenging too.

the Penny Sampler

Last time I had a very clear image of the quilt I wanted to create - it's color story.  I envisioned a controlled color scheme that spoke of snowy Scandinavian winters.   I brought that vision to life with plenty of white and gray neutrals, as well as many shades of blue.  And it turned out pretty much as I'd hoped!

But this time... this time I'm not sure where to start with colors.  After some very pragmatic lessons on supplies and quilt specs, The Penny Sampler begins with Color Story and Cultivating a Vision, two lessons designed to help launch your fabric choices.  To get myself into the groove, I studied those lessons.  Next, I browsed through all the many lovely Penny Samplers created by past students.  Today I'm sharing some of my favorite samplers with permission.  If you'll be joining in with the 6-month or 12-month Penny Sampler in 2017, I bet that these lovely quilts will inspire you too!

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::Sarah Schraw::

Snowy December weather intensifies Sarah's pristine color scheme.  Even though she included warm peach tones, all the bright white and cool blues give her sampler a bright wintry appeal.  Many of Sarah's fabrics are saturated beauties by Anna Maria Horner.  This strikes me as a more playful, prettyful version as compared to my color scheme.  Read more about this quilt on Sarah's blog.


::Nicolette Jansen::

Traditional folk Scandinavian shades of red, navy and yellow merge beautifully with tan, cream, gray and aqua in Nicolette's Penny Sampler.  I particularly like way Nicolette balanced color with neutral spaces.  It keeps my eye moving over the quilt, but it still feels so harmonious.  She also changed some blocks when other ideas struck her fancy, rather than strictly following the sampler.  I like that and want to give myself permission to do the same.  Read more about this quilt at DutchComfort.


::Lindsey Sanders aka LindseyfromCali::

Two Penny Samplers can use basically the same colors but result in markedly different quilts.  Like Nicolette, Lindsey used red, yellow and blues (though Lindsey's blues aren't as dark as Nicolette's navy).  She sprinkled in some soft pink too.  To me Lindsey's color scheme feels very confident and consistent.  Her medium aqua solid and red solid used in the "plus" block sashing adds dramatic sweeps of color among the sampler blocks. 


A photo posted by Cindy (@yayaquilter) on

::Cindy aka YayaQuilter::

Now here's a completely different take!  Cindy's fabric choices are soft and gentle, like a fairytale dream.  She used low volume prints in many places where I had used solids, a choice which emphasizes the soft, blended look.  Notice though, as different as Cindy's quilt is from the previous three, that she really used three main colors:  aqua, pink and yellow.  It seems many of us gravitated towards three lead colors.  Hmm...  I wonder if I want to choose three again or have a more scrappy, less controlled color scheme?

In honor of @stitcherysewistshop opening of her new brick and mortar shop #stitcherygrandopening this is my fave quilt I've made so far. I didn't realize I never posted my finish for this #pennysampler . I was planning some handquilting but the recipient 

::Agnes aka FinallySewing::

Agnes is one of the few who embraced a wider color scheme.  Her quilt brings together all the colors of the rainbow, mostly in soft, pastel shades.  Despite all the colors employed, Agnes' Penny Sampler doesn't feel a bit chaotic.  Her fabrics share a vintage-inspired, flowery splendor that harmonizes the whole.  I love it!  Something about the sampler aesthetic marries so well with vintage fabrics.  See the individual blocks up close here

Well, I could go on and on admiring Penny Samplers past.  I also flagged this favorite by Cassie, which has more of a funky, playful vibe, and this closeup of Sharon's quilt, which shows off beautiful quilting and a different color scheme of green, yellow, burgundy and black.  But this post is getting long!

I'll be back later this December to share color and fabric choices for my 2017 Penny Sampler.  In the meantime, you can still register to join us at my Pattern Shop in whichever version of the journey suits you.  Both the 6-month and 12-month samplers start sewing in January!


22 comments:

  1. I very much love this design of yours and have spent many an hour browsing what previous participants of your class have created. It is lovely to hear that you are offering a new round of the class.

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  2. They are all so beautiful! I've been tempted to join your Penny Sampler class next year. If I only could somehow ignore the wip pile I already have :)

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  3. These are all so beautiful. It "almost" makes me sorry I didn't sign up for the class but my track record the last couple of years has been terrible. :-)

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  4. I bought some fabrics for the Sampler during the black friday sales, my main print bring the cotton and Steel vintage flower print that you used in your pink latte Quilt, plus navy's and Reds. I'm not sure where I'm going with this yet, but it suits my daughter's complexion so well I had to buy it.

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    1. Oh, that's funny - I bought more of that C&S vintage flower print with the black friday sales too! I'm making a blanket for baby with it =) Love that print!

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  5. This is a beautiful quilt. I know making it together will bring a lot of memorable moments throughout 2017. I love the little houses and the birdies the best

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  6. Thank you for sharing these examples of penny quilts with us, Rachel. They are so inspiring I can't wait to start. I'm already counting the days. I think I will spend my christmas holidays diving through my stash and spreading all the fabrics all over my home (lol).

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    1. Haha! I can imagine little stacks (big stacks?) of fabric everywhere. How very festive!

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  7. I loved the colour inspiration lessons at the beginning and had great fun choosing a frosty set of fabrics with hints of a winter fire in the solids by using pink, orange and charcoal. It made for a very different quilt than I had made before and made the whole process that more special. To date even though I am only hand quilting it now - it is the quilt I am most proud of! I can see how exciting it would be to make a second, different take on it.

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  8. Thanks for sharing my quilt :) It's still one of my favorites, and it makes me want to make another, and maybe hand quilt it this time.

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  9. They are all so beautiful, but I particularly like the pink and red detail in Nicolette Jansen's Scandinavian quilt. For me the small touches of pink really make that quilt pop. Everyone featured is so very talented! x

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    1. Sorry, it was Lindsey Sanders' quilt I was referring to :-) got a little mixed up with the names being below the pictures, not the other way around!

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  10. Thanks for sharing my quilt! After seeing all of these I'm tempted to make another one but, oh, the commitment! Looking forward to seeing your new one develop!

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  11. I love seeing all this inspiration. I am thinking about colors now and am very excited and looking forward to January.

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  12. Not sure if my first comment went through or not. I love all the color combos on the quilts. The quilt pattern is really cute. I'm really really far behind on my blog reading so congratulations on the new sweet little bundle of joy. I'm glad to see joy in your heart again. I know Eleni will always be in your heart Hugs.

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  13. Beautiful inspiration! Can. Not. Wait. My stash pile has been started!

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  14. Thanks for sharing my quilt Rachel! It’s one of my favorite (finished ;-) ) quilts! I loved choosing the fabric and making all the parts. It’s the only quilt so far that I have considered to make again with completely different fabrics. What stops me are all those projects I already am working on!
    The dark fabric looks like dark blue, but it actually is a dark grey Moda Grunge.

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  15. I've narrow my color directions to three options but that doesn't feel like much help really ;)

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  16. Lovely! I can't wait to do a fabric pull after the holidays. My in laws have already gifted me the course book!

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  17. I already have a tentative color scheme (that I posted on IG) but these looks are all so tempting! Thanks for sharing more ideas. I look forward to those lessons and rounding out my ideas. And I already plan to swap up a few blocks. I can't ever follow a pattern exactly! I'm interested to see what changes you might make, too.

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