I finally found some time to sit down and work on some quilts. One of my most recent lap quilts is nearly completed (just need to hand stitch the binding) and I’ll be posting about that one soon.
But, I also decided to join a group of like-minded quilters over on Flickr for a Summer Sampler Series quilt-a-long. I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to build my sewing/quilting skills. The blocks look challenging and fun. The group is stitching three blocks a week.
The schedule of tutorials is as follows:
Swim, Bike, Quilt
Fresh Lemons Quilts
I decided to select fabrics from Sandi Henderson’s Meadowsweet line which incorporates yellows, sages, oranges, turquoises and hot pinks – a beautiful palette which reminds me of summer. I’ve also pulled some fabrics from my stash which will coordinate with the main fabric, and I am planning to use some solids as well. I hope in the end I will have a bright cherry quilt which looks a little scrappy.
Up until today, I was behind by six blocks! Uh-0h! But I set a goal to complete the first three today, and I managed to do that.
The first block is the Star of Virginia and the tutorial was provided by Kate at Swim, Bike Quilt. I found this block fairly easy and fun to stitch. Check out the tutorial to learn more about this block.
The second block is the Greek Cross. Faith at Fresh Lemons provided the instructions and told us a little about the history of the block. This was also a fun, fairly simple block to stitch. I decided to use some Kona Ash solid fabric to set off the bright colors in this one.
The third block in the series is a Mosaic Block. Lee from Freshly Pieced provided the tutorial for this one. I found this block a bit more challenging, but I was really happy with how it all came together. Trimming the blocks to exactly 3.5″ squares was time consuming, but made all the difference.
Here are blocks 1 – 3 all lined up together:
The next three blocks in the series look like they will definitely challenge my sewing skills. I hope to get started on them tomorrow! If you’d like to see the blocks other quilters are making, check out the Flickr group for this challenge. Better yet, why not join us?