Each year I have followed the Summer Sampler series, but never took part in any quilt along. Until this year, I changed my mind as soon as I saw the project. I fell in love with the diversity of blocks in the Summer Sampler 2019 and the final quilt design – two different designs to choose from.
There are 21 blocks in the Summer Sampler 2019. All with different sewing techniques. This series started with accurate piecing, sewing on the bias, sewing curves and circles, paper piecing, improvisional patchwork…. I.e. a lot to learn with each new block. That is why I took part. Each block is “individual”, a one of a kind. All blocks have excellent documentation. Detailed description of materials needed, templates, cutting instructions, sewing steps and techniques.
Some blocks need a lot of patience and a seam ripper. Cutting and sewing skills come handy. Up to now, I have put together five blocks. Five more are on the table and ready to work on. But I have set one block aside, one day I will work on it (maybe?). Not my favourite one at the moment.
Here are my Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #1 – #5:
So, I’ll be back to the sewing machine and get the remaining blocks pieced!
Since I have really enjoyed making paper piecing patterns, I was looking for some new projects. I found a wonderful photo of a paper pieced highland cow and I knew I want to make it. The pattern is from the book Animal Quilts by Juliet van der Heijden – also know as The Tartankiwi. I must admit all patterns in this book are spectacular, the Highland Cow will not be my last project.
Before I started piecing the different block sections, I had to do some homework or preparation. As there are many mane pieces in the pattern, I took out my crayons and coloured first the included colouring page and then the paper pattern pieces.
I used once more fabrics from the Sun Prints collection by Alison Glass.
The background fabric was an easy choice : a bright turquoise solid.
Thread snippets, fabric cuttings and paper – a lot to clean!
fpp highland cow thread – skalabara quilts
fpp highland cow sewing – skalabara quilts
fpp highland cow paper – skalabara quilts
When I saw bundles of Liberty London fabric in the shop where I had my Bernina serviced, I knew I wanted to try sewing with this soft and pretty material. So I bought my first Tana Lawn cotton fabrics and I am thrilled with the quality and designs. I already have some ideas about projects I want to make with these fabrics.
Thanks for visiting and happy quilting!
Today I have a few photos from my wip – a Chicken Quilt Throw inspired by Emily from Quilty Love. The free chicken block pattern and tutorial is by Vicki from Sew Inspired. Thanks ladies for inspiration and sharing!
The block is easy and quick to piece, but nevertheless it makes a nice decoration quilt for the sofa.
The chicken block in detail :
The chickens are waiting for sashing and quilting :
Thanks for stopping, have a nice weekend and enjoy sewing!
As you know, I am a big fan of Elizabeth Hartman and here playful quilt designs and clearly written patterns. This time I have been working with her Greenhouse Quilt pattern. I have made only a small quilt to cover the (ugly) shutter box over the window in the spare room.
Since I have made some new cushion covers for the spare room and also got some new curtains, the old shutter cover would look a bit funny. It was in black and white with birds sitting on a branch – all in applique. Well, it matched the old curtains.
The Greenhouse Quilt pattern is written straight forward and is easy to follow. The “worst” part was to decide on a color palette. I used the same fabrics as for the cushions – so this was easy – various hues from Kona Solids by Robert Kaufmann. Here photos of the flowers in detail :
I added a sleeve on the back to hang the quilt on a curtain pole. I have sewn the top part of the sleeve with the binding, the lower part of the sleeve is finished by hand.
Once more wavy quilting with the walking foot – the “easy” free-motion quilting version. I have added binding in the same fabric as used for the background. The backing fabric is calico from IKEA – a good price/quality purchase.
I have followed the small Greenhouse Quilt pattern version to piece the flowers, but made some adjustments to the size of the quilt – added more fabric to the left and right of the flowers and less fabric on the top and bottom of the flowers.
And the quilt “in action” :
quilt size : 16″ x 54″ / block sizes vary : 6″ x 11″ – 15″
wadding : Quilters Dream Request – very thin
quilting thread : Mettler Quilting Cotton col. nat 4
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Happy quilting! barbora