I’m very excited that today my pattern for the Splendid Sampler 2 is released! I’m very honored that Pat and Jane asked me to be a part of this collaboration. There are a lot of amazing quilters that are involved in this book! Speaking of the book, it will be released in October but it is available for pre-order now! And of course you can get a head start on some blocks like mine 😉 I wanted to create a block that featured flying geese, they are one of my favorites! There are so many ways to make them and rulers out there to help make them quickly and easily. If you have never tried to make flying geese today is the day to start! Click here to get the FREE instructions on how to make the My Flock block and make sure to link up your photo so I can see what you made! I made up a second..
It’s the kickoff day for the Splendid Sampler 2! The first featured block is by Alex Veronelli of Aurifil thread fame. And of course I added some of my favorite Aurifil threads to my photo for you. I have been using these Italian threads now for 8 years! See the little wooden spool in the photo? That is the new 80 weight thread! It’s sooo thin! You can use it in your sewing machine (I still used the 50 weight for this block) but I’m excited to try using the thinner weight for some hand stitching on some of these blocks. To download today’s free block pattern head to The Spendid Sampler website:https://www.thesplendidsampler.com/2018/06/14/the-splendid-sampler-sew-along-alex-veronelli/ I’m sure this block could have gone together faster if I wasn’t so particular about colors. It was still quick and I used ALL scraps! You know I love a good scrap quilt! I’m hoping these blocks help me use up my massive scrap collection. After stitching..
Making Stars! I love quilts with stars in them. Especially Sawtooth Stars like we have in this quilt! These are stars are so easy to make. And instead of a plain square in the middle (which you could do if you wanted) we are going to use some of the four patches that we already have completed. The finished Star Block size for this quilt is 8″. Queen Size = 41 Stars Lap Size = 25 Stars The Sawtooth Star is a 9 patch block created with four flying geese and some squares. Easy right? There are a lot of tutorials online on how to create a flying geese block. If you have a favorite tutorial that you want to use note that you will need 2″ x 4″ finished flying geese. My friend over at SuzyQuilts has a great tutorial on how to make a sawtooth star without a ruler: http://suzyquilts.com/reverse-sawtooth-star-quilt-pattern/ For each 8″ Sawtooth Star you will..
Finally! Let’s get to the sewing! This weekend I started to cut up my scraps and get started creating some 4 patch blocks. A four patch block is an easy and quick block to create. There are SO many tutorials online on how to create them. So, I will skip the tutorial but I will talk about some of my favorite ways to create them easily and quickly. In choosing the fabrics that you will create your four patches remember to look for some contrast between the colors. This will help the pattern to stand out. You can create 4 patches that look like a checkerboard (with just two fabrics) OR you can go super scrappy and choose four different fabrics for each block. The finished 4 patch size for this quilt is 4″ Queen Size = 81 four patches Lap Size = 49 four patches The most traditional method of creating a 4 patch block is just sewing four..
Sorting Your Scraps My scrap basket runneth over. I can’t say I mind TOO much when I have a lot of scraps. But seeing them all does give me the itch to make a scrap quilt. Let’s first talk about how I store my scraps (you might have a different way and that’s okay too) and why it works for me. Then we can talk about colors and how to choose for our Stargyle quilt! We all have a different amount of scraps. When I started quilting, I didn’t have much at all. I started out with just one small plastic bin and I threw everything in there. Once my bin started getting full, I put them in three bins: warms, cools, and neutrals. Eventually, years go by and I have a bin for every color (and multiples of some!). I consider any oddly shaped fabric (that won’t fold up nicely on my fat quarter/fat eighth shelves) or fabric less..
It’s time! It’s time to tackle my scrap box again. I know some of you out there are like me. You have boxes of odd sized fabric pieces just waiting for them to be created into a beautiful and fun scrap quilt. But they sit there waiting. New and shiny fabrics come in and get used… MORE SCRAPS! I love scrap quilts. Some of my favorite quits are made of things from my scrap bins. But it’s not often that I set out to create something thinking that I’m going to specifically use scraps and a lot of patterns call for bigger pieces of fabrics. So, I have created a pattern to quickly (very quickly with the help of a few short cut rulers) create a quilt that can use different sizes of fabric scraps. It’s time to BUST YO SCRAPS! I’m going to show you how I organize my stash and scraps, how to choose scraps for your..