Hello, friends! Today I’m sharing my Sampler Spree Quilt Blocks November Update. I got behind on my schedule of making five blocks a week sometime in September and finally set aside some time to get going on these again. I’m not sure if I’ll still be able to finish up the blocks by my original Thanksgiving deadline, but I’m still hopeful I can finish these up sometime in early December at least. I’ve had a few requests for updates on the individual blocks, so I hope you’ll find the details on these ten blocks helpful.
Sampler Spree Quilt Blocks November Update
Since falling behind I’ve started a new method for fast-tracking these blocks. I set aside time to simply pick fabrics and cut out the pieces for a group of blocks without any plan to sew that day. Then on another day I set aside a couple of hours just for sewing. It has been a good plan as it seems so much easier to just sew several blocks when they are all cut out. Additionally, I can make sure I’m using a variety of colors and prints by cutting out a bigger group at one time. After looking at this completed group, I made a note to use more red in my next group and also be sure to use the dark plum from Sincerely Yours in at least two more blocks so that I can put that darker color in a few places throughout the quilt.
Sampler Spree Quilt Block Links
- First, if you don’t have it already, be sure to grab a copy of Susan Ache’s Sampler Spree book for all of the block patterns. You can see Susan’s gorgeous blocks on her Instagram Account @yardgrl60.
- Next, find the Moda Cutting Table posts for this sew along here.
- And, find all of my posts for this sew along here.
Blocks 61 – 65
- Maple Star – Block 61. This was a fun block. Be sure to use a Bloc Loc Flying Geese Square Up Ruler for this one. My fabrics are a combination of Balboa and Seashore Drive prints.
- Far West – Block 62. I loved Susan’s color scheme in the book for this one. So I tried to replicate it with the green small floral from Balboa and navy polka dots from Happy Days. I cut extra long strips for the C and D units. Then I trimmed them to size to save time and make those units more accurately.
- Tree – Block 63. For this block I used the Summer Sweet green daisy print and a Balboa dark grey for the trunk. My background is from our Seashore Drive Collection. Be sure to have a Mini Simple Folded Corners Ruler on hand for this block.
- Americana – Block 64. I used a red and navy print from our Happy Days collection along with a low-volume print from Summer Sweet for this patriotic-themed block. And I made this one following the directions exactly.
- Snail’s Trail – Block 65. I was pleasantly surprised that my block turned out just the right size for this one. Go slow, and sew from the back side to help in not cutting off any points. Fabrics are from Seashore Drive.
Blocks 66 – 70
- King’s Crown – Block 66. This block went together quickly using a Bloc Loc Flying Geese Square Up Ruler. I also used three different prints from Seashore Drive.
- Jack-in-the-Box – Block 67. This block is one of those blocks that I fell in love with after making it. I used the green daisy print from Summer Sweet, the aqua dots from Happy Days, and the multi dots from Sincerely Yours for this block. I also used the Mini Simple Folded Corners Ruler for this one.
- Mixed Nine Patch – Block 68. I wish I had used a different blue for the four larger squares in the center of the block to provide more contrast. But I’m leaving it as is 🙂 I did cut larger length strips to make the tiny four-patches easier to put together. All of these fabrics are from Seashore Drive.
- Goblets – Blok 69. This one is my favorite block of the group. I love how the navy dots from Happy Days play against the medium floral from Seashore Drive. And the coral and orchid flowers are the perfect contrast to the navy dots. Once again I used a Bloc Loc Flying Geese Square Up Ruler for this one. I also used the Mini Simple Folded Corners Ruler.
- Spinning Tops – Block 70. I went out on a limb here and combined the dark plum from Sincerely Yours, the medium floral from Seashore Drive, and the navy dots from Happy Days. This has a fun modern look but will definitely be one of the bolder blocks in the quilt. I’ll be using this plum in a few more blocks so I can balance it out.
Sampler Spree Blocks Video
You can watch the video version of this update above, or go here to watch it on YouTube. In the video I also share tips for scrap quilts in general.
Thanks so much for stopping by to read my Sampler Spree Quilt Blocks November Update. I’m really hoping to finish the remaining blocks by the end of the year. I’ll keep you updated.