Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summer Sampler 2018 :: Southwest Highway

The Summer Sampler has kinda become the highlight of my sewing week. With each new block, I'm more transfixed with my palette and fabrics than ever. Love when that happens!

The third block, Southwest Highway, was designed by my Seattle MQG guild-mate Katie/Sew Katie Did, and is the first paper-pieced block of the quilt-along. Inspired by the mountains of New Mexico, I think the block adds some really wonderful contrast to the collection of blocks.

An added bonus of the quilt-along is the weekly tips shared by the co-hosts. For this week, Faith/Fresh Lemons shares a video perfect for beginner paper-piecers, and Lee/Freshly Pieced showed how to make prints appear straight in the finished paper-pieced block - good to keep in mind for future projects.

I've really enjoyed perusing the #summersampler2018 hashtag, and with this week's block, it's awesome seeing so many folks trying paper-piecing for the first time with terrific results. SO cool to have a new tool in the old toolkit.


  1. I agree; I love your palette more each week!

  2. I do love the fabrics you've chosen but I'm not sorry I decided to stick to the suggested palette of solids. I'm not particularly skilled and tend to stick to easy stuff but wanted to give myself a little bit of a challenge and I'm pretty sure that's going to happen. :)

  3. I really like the color combination you are using for your blocks, great contrast and it really ties them all together.

  4. Yes, adding mountains into the mix is a good call,
    And the blues for the big sky.

  5. Hopefully back to normal soon!