Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Summer Sampler 2019 :: The Fabric Pull

Yup! After all the fun of last year's Summer Sampler, I couldn't resist signing up for 2019. Hosted once again by KatieFaith, and Lee, the theme this year is Piecing Bootcamp. When I first saw that, I assumed it wouldn't be for me, but maybe better suited for beginners. But after seeing the quilt mock-up below (one of two offered), I knew I needed to join in. According to Lee, "We’ll be tackling skills ranging from half-square triangles to foundation paper piecing to curves to Y-seams. It’s great for everyone from a confident beginner to experienced quilters looking to hone their skills." Sounds good, right?

I wanted to work from stash as much as possible. As much as I love the bright colors in the sample quilt, I also have plenty of fabric I love that I want to try to use. And I really enjoyed using a mix of solids and prints last year, so that was my goal again. After much consideration, I actually ended up with a few more fabrics than required, but I just had trouble ruling things out! So for a few colors, I'll alternate between a couple of fabrics, depending on the block and of course, my whim.

The prints I chose are from a wonderful variety of Carolyn Friedlander's lines: Doe, Carkai, Friedlander, Gleaned, Polk, and Harriot. Then of course, some Kona cotton solids, Essex yarn dyeds, and one each American Made Brand and Alison Glass Kaleidoscope solid (my new favorite!). I'm going to hold off on finalizing my setting fabric, as that's months off, and I want to see my blocks together before deciding for sure. I expect it to be a very dark blue, but time will tell.

With this many fabrics, quite different from the pattern, I thought making swatch cards would be helpful. I included a pretty specific description of each fabric just for reference.

Soooo.... anyone else sewing along? There's still time to join in!


  1. I’ll be watching! Way too much going on this summer to commit to one more thing

  2. I also decided to be in the quilt along. I am not sure if I can make all the blocks. But the layout in the circles was too tempting.

  3. "Sounds good, right?" - RIGHT! I'm in too. Now waiting for the fabrics to arrive!

  4. This is a blog to watch for sure. I think you have a really awesome writing style by the way. Very easy to read. Your blog design is so clean too! Thank you all the hard work!

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  5. This one is going to be a good one! I will be watching!

  6. I was thinking about it because I looove the circle design but I am just not into samplers - too many different block designs for me. I will "steal" the circle idea one day but with just "one or two" blocks :)

    Lovely color cards - again! And great fabric pull. Looking forward to seeing your progress. xo