Sunday, August 28, 2016

summer sampler blocks

I haven’t been blogging much this summer but I’ve been sewing.  I’ve joined in a few different online quilt alongs and while I don’t have any finished quilts to share I have lots of completed blocks!


Today I’m sharing blocks for the Summer Sampler 2016 series that is being hosted by Faith, Katie, and Lee.  You can read all about it here.  There’s still time to sign up if you like.
I’m using a bundle of Pacific by Elizabeth Hartman that I won at Sewtopia-Atlanta.  I’m copying Amy Smart and using a Peppered Cotton as a background after seeing her Missouri Star quilt.  I love how the true taupe sets off the warm colors of the Pacific fabric.
I’ve second guessed a few of my fabric choices within each block but have decided to not remake any of them until I’ve completed all 20 blocks.
I’ve been trying to photograph each block on a different plant.  It was easy earlier on when everything was young and close to the ground.  It’s been more challenging as the summer has progressed and things are growing out of balance - as plants do.


I’ve been keeping up with the weekly schedule and posting my blocks on Instagram  tagging them #fallcolorsforafallfinish   If you go to the link you can see a better quality photo and the name and designer of each block.  Each week I have a new favorite!

15 down, 5 to go!

I'll be linking up with Let's Bee Social because that's what online quilt alongs are all about!

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12 comments:

  1. Great blocks. I love the fabrics you have used

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    1. Thanks Gina. I spend as much time choosing fabrics for each block as I do sewing them. Sometimes it's worth it!

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  2. I love the color choice. The background fabric is beautiful Can hardly wait to see the finished quilt.

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    1. Thanks Jan. I like the dark background, too.

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  3. I have been enjoying seeing your blocks pup up in my Instagram feed, Karen. But it is even better to see them all grouped together here. And to read about how you have been photographing them on plants from your garden. What a great idea! They look great against all the different backgrounds!

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    1. Thanks Lorna. We started these blocks in May when everything was so young and fresh. I thought it would be fun to watch the summer season pass with each block. I'm hoping to finish in time for a beautiful fall finished quilt photo!

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  4. Wow, I love these fabrics too. What fun blocks these are - can't wait to see finished product!!

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    1. I have a plan for how I'll put them all together but the quilt along will be offering a few options at the end so I may change my mind. My quilts never seem to finish how I originally think they will. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. I picked up some the Pacific prints while at Sewtopia. They look great in your blocks and the colors are beautiful! Excellent piecing!

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    1. Thanks Paige. I think my piecing improved a lot while working on those tiny Farmer's Wife blocks. They started to become too intense and not so fun so I moved on. I'll get back to them eventually but for this summer this QAL has been perfect. Bonus is the fun memories of Sewtopia each week as I work on these blocks!

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  6. These are so fun! What a great sampler to work on!

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