Wednesday, March 24, 2021

summer sampler 2020

I was late to join the Summer Sampler 2020 quilt along and I'm late to finish but...finished it is!

I used an ombré bundle from V Christenson that had been sitting in my stash since 2017.  I purchased it after participating in the Summer Sampler quilt along that year and being inspired by Faith's finish.

I was determined to use only one color in each block.  These ombré fabrics challenged me and I spent a lot of time with each block pattern deciding how to cut the fabric to get the most impact.  I shared them on Instagram and by far the favorite was this Brae block by Devon Iott. It's unique for sure.  It took me two attempts to sort out the ombré and get the curves to work out.  

I'd love to hear in the comments which is your favorite block!

I veered away from the quilt along's suggested lay-out and put my blocks on point.  Those gray setting triangles were scary to cut but I love the effect of the ombré.  (You can see the suggested lay-out and purchase the patterns for the blocks here.)

I used the same gray for the binding.  I needed a half yard and that's exactly what I had left. Phew!  Can you see that the binding ombré is matched side to side and top to bottom?  That's not a happy accident - but it didn't take me too long to figure out. 😉

The beautiful birds on this backing fabric by Tula Pink are a perfect match to the colorful blocks on the front.  A wonderful find!

I used my walking foot to quilt an X that crosses in the center of the quilt.  Then I quilted V's on each side, top, and bottom.  I used a guide to space the lines an inch apart.  I love the texture and balance of the diagonal lines.

This might be the most beautiful quilt I've made to date.  Shortly after I started it last summer my beautiful niece became engaged.  Her happiness was on my heart often as I worked on this project.  It's only fitting that it should be hers.  

Last weekend was her wedding shower and I gifted it then. 

Love is patient, love is kind. 

Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. 

Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. 

It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  

Love never ends.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 CSB

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy spring!


  1. This makes me so so so happy!

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  3. What an absolute beauty of a quilt! So glad it has got a good home with your niece! For some reason the flying geese with green stripes caught my eye but I also really like the buffalo plaid-ish one on point! Love the backing too.

    1. Thank you Sandra. My mom's favorite was the flying geese and striped block, too! It's called Convergence and was designed by Giuseppe Ribaudo. The other block in that same green color-way is Swamp Trail and Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs designed it. The Trellis block is by Malka Dubrawsky.

  4. Your use of the ombres was inspired, and what a beautiful job you did with it!

    1. Thank you Debbie. They were a fun challenge for me.