Summer Sampler 2018 Progress

This past spring a friend of mine turned me on to the Summer Sampler quit-a-long.  They release 1 block pattern a week through the summer – and into the fall really – and then setting and placement instructions at the end.  The pattern can be purchased from Freshly Pieced at her shop here.  They also partnered with Sewtopia to offer quilt kits for the sampler in three options – warm, cool and rainbow.  One of my goals this year was to do more designing and make my own quilts, and a quilt-a-long didn’t really fit with those plans.  But I really liked the pattern, have always wanted to do a gradated rainbow quilt, and honestly have been working so much that just following along and sewing something for fun seemed like a great thing to do.  I signed up for the weekly patterns and bought a kit.

Block 1 – Water Well


The quilt kit from Sewtopia was interesting.  There are Kona solids for the setting blocks and a full set of Cotton + Steel Pigment Basics, which are dyed in a color gradation from dark to light across the width of the fabric.  I really like the saturated side of the fabric better than the lighter side, but the gradation across the fabric really does give a wider range of colors to choose from.

Block 2 – Shenzhen

The block themes are terrific.  They are all inspired by travel destinations that the designers have visited.  I’ve enjoyed seeing the blocks paired with a photo of the location that inspired the design.

Block 3 – Southwest Highway

I didn’t get started with the blocks on time.  Honestly I was a bit nervous about cutting into the kit pieces.  By the time I got started they were already on block 6 or 7.


Block 4 – Giza
Block 5 – Points – This one is my favorite!


I wound up having a few days that I could set aside for catching up and I got to work on a bunch of blocks at the same time.


Block 6 – Versailles


Block 7 – Half Timbered


The patterns have been very good with a mix of traditional construction and paper piecing.  Some are intricate and do take time to complete.  I’ve gotten ahead of myself a few times and really mad a mess.  I think I took Block 7 apart about 4 times before finally finishing it.  Honestly though that had more to do with me not reading carefully than any problem with the pattern.

Block 8 – Castillo
Block 9 – Pagoda
Block 10 – Vatican
Block 11 – Under the Eiffel Tower


And with that I’m all caught up – until Monday comes.

I have to admit I’m following along pretty closely with the color placement originally suggested in the rainbow version of the quilt.  I’m happy with how it is turning out and it is giving me a good project to just go execute and use for stress relief!  I have been really impressed by some of the other versions I’ve seen on Instagram.  The use of fabrics and colors are really amazing.  These from khquilts are so awesome – the navy background! – this Points block from zaraquilts is great, and these prints from crlhansen are really interesting.

Here are all of mine together so far – 11 of the total 18 blocks:

Blocks through 11


..and an outtake with a photobomb from my cat Saffy.  She likes to help.


I’m looking forward to finishing all the blocks up and getting this guy together.

Q3’18 FAL – Goal Setting

New quarter, new goals! (actually some not so new goals, but I’ll get them done!

Dog Gone Cute Bee Quilt – these are the blocks from my Bee group in 2017.  During Q1’18 I added 2 more blocks to fill it out and during Q2’18 I finished all the sashing to complete the top.  Just need to quilt it now.


Bjorn the Bear – I finished this quilt top during my June group quilt retreat.  I need to put glasses on one of the bears and get it quilted up.

Hawaiian batiks –  Another quilt top that I got finished during my June quilt retreat – ready to be quilted.


Study from my Bill Kerr Workshop – this was really such a great workshop.  It was really thought provoking and helpful to further design ideas.  The top is all done – just need to quilt it (and name it!)

Angela Walters Challenge #3 Quilt – I bought the kit for this guy because I really loved the polka dots.  I really enjoyed the Challenge #1 as it gave me a great opportunity to really practice my quilting.  I look forward to the same with this quilt!

Summer Sampler 2018 – Honestly I was kind of stressed out at work and really needed some pretty fabric and a pattern to follow, so I bought all of it!  I have a few blocks done, but this is unlikely to get done this quarter.

Some good goals for the quarter – I look forward to getting these done

Linking up with the Q3’18 FAL site.



Q2’18 FAL Wrap Up

End of Q2’18!  Already.  I think I made some good progress.


Dog Gone Cute Bee Quilt – these are the blocks from my Bee group last year.  They are so cute!  During Q1’18 I added 2 more blocks to fill it out and decided and started on a layout and sashing plan. I’m hoping to make some good progress at my Quilt Guild sew in this weekend.


UPDATE:  Top is done, which was a big accomplishment with all the sashing.  I should quilt it soon.

Red and Blue Squares – all the little squares are cut out and ready to sew together.  Lots of squares and seams to match up.  At this point I have the top mostly pieced so I should get it loaded and quilted soon.

UPDATE:  Done!  Posted about it here:

Hawaiian batiks –  I finally bought the sashing fabric, so this guy is ready to be finished.  I cut all the sashing out but I still think the layout is not quite right, so I have some more work to do before I’ll get this guy done

UPDATE:  The top is all done and ready to be quilted. I finished it at my quilt retreat in June!

Sewing Machine Bag – I won 2 bag patterns from Sew Sweetness in the 2017 FAL, which was so cool!  One of them, the Aeroplane bag, is the perfect size for my new lightweight sewing machine  that I bought for classes.  I’ve made a good start on the bag and should finish it soon.


UPDATE:  Done, and posted about it here.

Dr. Seuss Go Fish Quilt – I need to make another baby quilt, and these fabrics are just so cute.  It should be a fun one.

UPDATE:  Done, and posted about it here.

The Cat Quilt – I have a plan for this quilt, as well as the fabric, but I need to figure out how to get it put together.



UPDATE:  No progress 🙁

I also put together and finished the quilt for the first Angela Walters challenge, and I’m really proud of how that came out (posted about it here).

I will have many projects to add to my Q3’18 list!

Linking up with the Q2’18 FAL site.

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