Happy Friday! First of all...I wanted to let you all know that I'm starting a newsletter. This has been on my to do list for quite some time. I won't be writing so often that you'll want to unsubscribe either...I promise. I will post once or twice a month and will be highlighting blog posts, links I find helpful, and new patterns and fabrics.
The newsletter will give some subscriber-only benefits like sales codes for my Etsy shop and free PDF patterns. Also, I will be offering pre-order kits for some of the new patterns I have coming out at quilt market in May, so there will also be information about that in an upcoming newsletter. To sign up, scroll down and find the "Subscribe to our Mailing List" box on the right hand side of the sidebar. You'll have to reply to a confirmation email as well (be sure to check your spam/junk folder for that...I was trying it out this week, and my confirmation email ended up in the junk folder).
Okay...now for some quilty goodness...I've almost caught up on my Splendid
Sampler quilt blocks and thought it might be fun to share some tips for them. Yesterday's Checkerboard block by Pat Sloan was fast and fun, and it offers a great chance to highlight a favorite fabric.
I've always loved this vintage cherries print. It's soft and beautiful, and I thought it would make a terrific checkerboard block.
I flipped the seams in all of my four-patch units, and then by pressing seams open between the units and the rows I was able to get my block nice and flat.
Since a number of block patterns have now been released, it's a good time to start evaluating fabric choices to make sure you end up with a good mix in your sampler quilt. This is especially important if you plan on making a smaller quilt with just some of the blocks.
I like to make sure I have a good mix of color, scale, and patterns. I also like to repeat some of my favorite fabrics. You can see that I have already used the vintage cherries fabric in my Quilt Shoppe block.
The red daisy print was used in my hearts block and in my Iowa block...
and the delicate polka dot background was perfect for the applique block and will also make a nice contrast for the embroidery (or whatever I decide to add to the center of the block on the right).
Getting out the previously-made blocks and reviewing them for fabric, color, and pattern is not only fun, but will help you as you piece the rest of the blocks. When I was taking these photos I realized I need to incorporate a little bit more of the soft black floral I used in one of the blocks.
And using your camera or phone to take pictures of your blocks is a great way to notice things you might not catch otherwise. This sew along has sure been a lot of fun! Hope you are sewing along!
P.S. Craftsy is saying a sweet farewell to National Craft Month by offering you the chance to get any online class for $19.99! Check out all the classes on sale before the offer ends on Monday.
Thanks so much for stopping by!