Summer Slice Sampler Block

Aaaaand still no baby.   To say I’m over being pregnant might be the biggest understatement ever…but I’m also trying to just rest and enjoy being pregnant for the last time in my life.  DEFINITELY the last time.   😉  

For those of you that are sewing along with the Summer Sampler, one of my blocks should have been emailed out today!  This one is called Summer Slice, and I figured I’d show you the block I sewed up and a couple of variations.  

This is the block I made… 

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…and here are two variations:

 I actually like this one in Sweetwater’s Treehouse fabric better than the one I made.  I just added two different fabrics for the edge pieces instead of all one fabric.  

Summer Sampler Block Treehouse

This one looks totally different, but the only difference is the white is now the print, and the outer edge strips are now white.  Kinda of fun to see the differences!  

Summer Sampler Block Sundrops

If you’re sewing along with the Summer Sampler 2016 (more info in my last post) share your blocks in the facebook group!  Have a great week and cross those fingers I have this baby…soon!!!  😉  

 

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Summer Sampler 2016

Well hey!  No baby yet, in case you were wondering…the last 2 weeks of being pregnant are the worst.  I’m just popping in to let you know about this fun Summer Sampler quilt along I designed a couple of blocks for: 

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There are blocks from 10 designers, and full instructions for that weeks block emailed on Mondays (if you sign up late no worries…you can get all the block instructions anytime).  

Allison Harris of Cluck, Cluck, Sew http://cluckclucksew.com/

Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/

AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters http://www.genxquilters.com/

Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/

Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely http://www.bijoulovelydesigns.com/

Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles http://www.karenlewistextiles.com/

Katie Clark Blakesley of Swim, Bike, Quilt http://swimbikequilt.com/

Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced http://www.freshlypieced.com/

Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/

Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft http://modernhandcraft.com/

Here’s a mock up of the blocks…it will be a fun summer challenge and a good way to learn some new skills! 

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You can find out more info here, and the block of the month is for sale here.   The first block link emails on the 16th!  

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Scrappy Strips Quilt Finished

Scrappy Strips Quilt, Free Tutorial

I swear I *just* made this quilt top.  Turns out *just* was last June!  It’s a good thing I have past blog posts to keep a record of when I make things!

Scrappy Strips Quilt

I backed this one with a blue grid fabric by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics, and bound it with my favorite gray seeds print.  

I quilted this with simple loopty loops and posted a short (grainy!)  video on Instagram awhile back of me quilting this one with my Juki.  

Scrappy Strips Quilt, Tutorial

This quilt was from my Scrappy Strips Tutorial in 6 sizes, found here (or click the picture below).  

It’s a fun and fast quilt to make…especially if it doesn’t take you 11 months to finish it!!   

Scrappy Strips Quilt Tutorial in 6 sizes

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Cruising through

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I have roughly 5 weeks until baby #4 comes…and it feels like I have so much time and barely any time left all at once.  I’ve slowed down quite a bit, and I’m trying to give Sophie some quality Mom time before baby comes and rocks her world.  

Oh and my ankles and feet are swollen past recognition…if I showed you a picture you’d have to flush your computer down the toilet and eat a pint of ice cream to recuperate.  

Oh the joys of the last trimester!

Fabric Stack Cluck Cluck Sew

I may have slowed down a bit but my trigger finger (a.k.a. online fabric purchasing clicker) has definitely not!   

I have been waiting for a few months for that top print by Leah Duncan for Cloud 9 fabrics (purchased here).   It’s a bit tricky to find but the most beautiful print…and it so perfectly coordinates with a lot of the prints and colors in my stash already.  Eeek I love it so much. 

Fabric, Cloud 9 print

I received the most beautiful gift in the mail a few weeks ago from my friend Keera in Australia.  Each one of those tiny spools is wrapped in a strip of my fabric!   Talk about a labor of love!  I love that this online space has gifted me with wonderful, supportive, and loving friends. 

Mini Spool Wreath

She has a tutorial for making these wreaths here.  She also makes beautiful patterns and has a beautiful blog!

 

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Scrap coin quilt

Scrap Coin Quilt

You know sometimes when it’s like pulling teeth to finish a project and finally you just muster through, just so you never have to look at the dumb thing again??  I know it’s not just me.  

This quilt was like that times ten.

Scrap Coin Quilt

I had tons of bad machine issues while finishing this quilt…like when I broke my first Juki the same day I opened it.  Whoops!  

Scrap Coin Quilt

Then I tried to quilt it with “organic” straight lines…but it just looked like I couldn’t sew a straight line a thousand times over the quilt top, and the walking foot went haywire and it wasn’t worth unpicking.  

Scrap Coin Quilt

So that, along with lots of other reasons, put this low on my list of quilts to finish.  I finally put on a good show (Poldark…so good!) a couple of weeks ago and quilted it with some more crooked lines and bound it.  

Scrap Coin Quilt

Then I gifted it to our semi-blind, 13 year old little dog….who doesn’t even mind the crooked lines and the bad tension issues.    I’m happy it’s done and it wasn’t wasted!   And before you yell at me for giving it to my dog…he actually needed a soft little quilt to sleep on…and this will double as the kids picnic quilt for the backyard!  😉

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