Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Road Trip!

Back in 2011, I joined in the very first Summer Sampler quilt-along hosted by Lee/Freshly Pieced, Faith/Fresh Lemons Quilts, and Katie/Swim Bike Quilt, and it was a memorable experience for sure. I was very new to paper-piecing, which some of the blocks required, and it was just the second quilt I had done in solids, so that felt very unfamiliar. Basically, it was an important step in my quilting journey. Which is why being asked to be a guest designer for this year's road-trip themed quilt-along is especially gratifying.

My block is the top one in the farthest right column, with inspiration drawn from the square in front of the Duomo in Milan, Italy.

You get alot when you subscribe to the Summer Sampler 2018:
  • Fully-tested instructions for a new 12″ (finished) block each week, beginning May 14 and running through September 17
  • Complete finishing instructions for an 80″ x 80″ sampler quilt with the layout shown in the mock-up (delivered September 24)
  • All fabric requirements and suggested Kona Solids colors
  • Quilt mock-up coloring sheet for planning
  • Weekly Summer Sampler newsletter email subscription with information about our inspiration, tips for sewing that week’s block, and other bonus content
  • Access to a subscriber-only Facebook group to interact with other quilters and the designers
So meet the Summer Sampler 2018 Design Team....

Melissa Mortensen/ :: @polkadotchair
Daisy Aschehoug/ :: @warmfolk
Katie Pedersen/ :: @sewkatiedid
Sound interesting? I think so!

Be sure and check it out, get all the scoop, as well as see the quilt mocked up in two other striking colorways. Nothing like a little summer fun!


  1. How awesome that doing the sampler in 2011 was such a milestone in your journey. Congratulations for being a designer for 2018 and I look forward to seeing beautiful quilts being made from the design!

  2. How cool is this Debbie ! I tried to guess which block you had designed when I first read about the summer sampler on Lee's blog. I've to say I was wrong ... the good news is that you always surprise me 😊 Interesting to see what inspired your design !

  3. Congratulations Debbie. What a wonderful project (and bunch of fabulous designers) to be involved with. Love it when a quilting journey comes full circle.

  4. Congrats Debbie, this is a great design and full of really interesting and new blocks.