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Our Splendid Sampler Block!

I’m so excited to release our The Splendid Sampler block, Pieces of Friendship, today! When I first started working at American Patchwork & Quilting I couldn’t sew (I know, it’s crazy!). In my years working for the magazine, I’ve not only learned to sew from my talented co-workers, but have become an avid and passionate quilter. I owe that passion to the American Patchwork & Quilting community. I love seeing what our readers are creating, what they’re inspired by, and what they’re learning! As the online editor, there are so many talented quilters that I get to interact with every day, and their different interests inspire me, push me out of my comfort zone, and teach me so much. I had that diverse community in mind when designing this block. Just like the different colors, patterns, and shapes come together in this block to form something beautiful, our quilting community also comes together in an amazing way to support each other. This block goes out to our lovely readers!

 

If you’ve been following my The Splendid Sampler blocks on Instagram so far, you know I’m using Lizzie’s Legacy by Betsy Chutchian for Moda Fabrics. (Brown is my favorite color, so I can’t say no to a deep and rich color palette.) But I  couldn’t resist the Summerfest collection by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass for Moda Fabrics. Since my block is being released at the start of spring, I wanted to play with something bright and happy!

 

 

Piecing tip: If you’re like me, you like to be safer than sorry when piecing triangles. I cut my coral squares 4″ before cutting them into triangles, so I had a little extra wiggle room when trimming them down.

 

Piecing tip: I always use leader strips when working with triangles so my machine doesn’t eat my triangle points (and yes, I didn’t forget a few times and had to rip out a few stitches!).

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I love the secondary design this block makes when you have multiples sewn together. Pinwheels are so fun for spring! Want to make the mini shown above? Here are the instructions!

 

You will need:

  • 4 — Pieces of Friendship blocks (get the block pattern here)
  • 2 — 4-1/4″ squares of Fabric A (light yellow print). Cut twice on the diagonal to yield 4 small triangles.
  • 2 — 4-1/4″ squares of Fabric B (dark yellow print). Cut twice on the diagonal to yield 4 small triangles.
  • 4 — 3-1/2″ squares of Fabric D (blue print)
  • 4 — 3-7/8″ squares of Fabric E (red print). Cut once on the diagonal to yield 8 large triangles.
  • 8 — 3-1/2″ squares of Fabric E (red print)

 

Note: Fabric A, fabric B, and fabric D correspond to the fabrics in the block pattern download.

 

Instructions:

1. Using Fabric A small triangles, Fabric B small triangles, and Fabric E large triangles, refer to Block Pattern Steps 1 and 2 to make eight square units total.

2. Sew together four Pieces of Friendship blocks in two rows. Join rows to make the quilt center.

3. Referring to photo above for placement, sew together Fabric D squares, Fabric E squares, and pieced square units to form borders. Sew short border strips to opposite edges of the quilt center. Add long borders to finish quilt.

Finished quilt: 18″ square

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How do I get involved?

 

We can’t wait to see your blocks! Our editor Lindsay Mayland will be blogging regularly and posting pictures on her Instagram, so make sure you follow her at @lindsmayland and us at @allpeoplequilt to see her progress!

–Lindsay Mayland + American Patchwork & Quilting


The Splendid Sampler Materials

Sunday is Valentine’s Day. While many women may be waiting for chocolates and flowers, I’m excited to start The Splendid Sampler! The first block is released that day and I’m in LOVE! If you’re like me then you’re definitely too excited to wait that long (I know it’s only four more days, but still…). There are a few things you can do to get prepared, though, and it’ll help you get off to a flawless start when The Splendid Sampler starts.

 

Step 1: Choose your fabrics. The fabrics I chose are above. They’re the Lizzie’s Legacy collection by Betsy Chutchian for Moda Fabrics (they’re being released in March, so if you want them, hold tight!). My favorite colors for quilts are blues and browns, so this palette (with its pops of yellow, pink, and red) is perfect for my traditional taste. The fabrics have a variety of creams (perfect for background prints), both light and dark fabrics so I can play with value, and a mix of large and small prints to add texture and interest. If you need more guidance picking fabrics, there is a great blog post on The Splendid Sampler site with tips for choosing fabrics + other supplies you should gather before the Sampler starts!

 

Step 2: Be prepared to learn. The 100 blocks include traditional piecing, but also paper-piecing, English paper-piecing, embroidery, and appliqué. I’m very much a traditional piecer and have never ventured into any type of paper piecing. I may be a little nervous, but I’m approaching this Sampler as an opportunity to learn new skills and practice them. It’s very easy to learn new skills when it’s on one 6″ quilt block. That way, I can take my time to learn and if I mess up, it’s not a large investment in time or fabric. If you need more encouragement, here’s a great blog about being open to learning AND where to find resources if you need help.

 

Step 3: Mark your calendars! Blocks will be released every Sunday and Thursday from February 14, 2016 — February 2, 2017. (You can see what designers are posting each day here. Our day is April 7!) Block patterns will be available for free until March 2017, so make sure you’re downloading them and sewing along!

 

Step 4: Get to know the designers. There are 83 amazing designers participating! They have such talents and I’m so excited to be working beside them on this project. Make sure to visit their blogs, “like” them on social media, and follow them along the way. There are fun tips from each designer on The Splendid Sampler blog, so you can get to know them. You can read our tips here! Also, make sure to “meet” our fearless leaders Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.

 

BONUS! Want to start sewing right away? Jane and Pat designed this bonus project that’s also super useful for this Sampler! It’s a cute folding block station, which includes a design board, a pressing station, and a pocket for your 6-1/2″ square ruler. While this project is totally optional, it’ll be handy for keeping small pieces in place while making your blocks. Get the free pattern here.

 

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How do I get involved?

 

We can’t wait to get started sewing and we hope you join us! Our editor Lindsay Mayland will be blogging frequently and posting pictures on her Instagram, so make sure you follow her at @lindsmayland and us at @allpeoplequilt to see her progress!

–Lindsay Mayland + American Patchwork & Quilting

 


The Splendid Sampler

We’re so excited to be participating in The Splendid Sampler Adventure! Sponsored by Aurifil, Martingale, and Moda Fabrics and lead by the absolutely wonderful Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, this adventure will be a blast for any quilter who loves a little mystery and lots of fun with quilters around the world!

 

Where did this idea come from?

Two friends sat down over a splendid cup of coffee and came up with the idea to do a project together. Two hours later a project is born. Pat writes: “At the end of that wonderful chat we decided that not only did we want to do a project together, we wanted to connect people. Jane lives in Australia, I live in the United States. We have designer and Industry friends around the world.”

 

What is The Splendid Sampler?

It’s a year-long, 100-block adventure of quilt making. A total of 83 talented quilt designers (included us!) have designed blocks to share. We’ll also be sewing along so you can see our progress and fabric choices!

 

What size are the blocks?

The blocks finish at 6″ square. They include a variety of techniques, from pieced to appliqué to embroidery to paper piecing.

 

When will the block patterns be released?

Starting February 14, 2016, two blocks will be released a week (exceptions are Christmas Day and New Years). The blocks will be posted on Sunday and Thursday of each week. The patterns will be free until March 2017, at which point the blocks will appear in a book from Martingale!

 

What fabrics do I need?

We’ll be showing quilts in two colorways (a traditional one and a brighter one). You’ll need approximately 30-35 fat quarters for the blocks. You can read more about fabric requirements here. We’re using a specific line of fabric for our blocks, but you can pull from your scraps or combine a few fabric lines.

 

 

How do I get involved?

 

We can’t wait to get started sewing and we hope you join us! Our editor Lindsay Mayland will be blogging frequently and posting pictures on her Instagram, so make sure you follow her at @lindsmayland and us at @allpeoplequilt to see her progress!

–American Patchwork & Quilting + Lindsay

 


Modern Elegance Blog Hop

As quilters, we love playing with color, fabric, pattern, and design, so it’s no wonder that coloring books for adults are something we LOVE! Not only does it give us a chance to unwind and de-stress, but it also opens our creative minds and allows us to experiment with color and designs that we might not normally use in our quilts.
The coloring book Modern Elegance: 45+ Romantic Designs to Color for Fun and Relaxation by designer, author, and quilter Amanda Murphy is a must-have book for anyone looking to explore color (and have tons of fun doing it!). The book, from C&T Publishing, features romantic florals, classical motifs, hypnotic watches and gears, and decorative patterns with a vintage vibe.

Some features about the book we love:

  • The illustrations are printed on high-quality, heavyweight paper, which means you can use colored pencils, fine tip markers, and even watercolors.
  • Amanda explores basic color theory, so you can easily create masterpieces and apply lessons to your quilting.
  • Perforated edges make it easy to pull out pages and display them for a fun gallery wall of 8×10″ frames.
  • The designs are based off of Amanda’s favorite fabric patterns (including her new Carina line for Benartex), so it’s like you’re coloring your own fabric.

Best of all?

Every day C&T Publishing will be giving away a copy of Modern Elegance!  (U.S. winners will be a hard copy of the book and international winners will get an eBook, but all are eligible to enter!) To enter for today, head on over to Amanda Murphy’s blog and leave a comment! Don’t forget to follow along with the other blogs for more changes to win!

Modern Elegance Coloring Book Blog Hop Schedule


Monday, November 30 
Tuesday, December 1st
Wednesday, December 2nd
Thursday, December 3rd
Friday, December 4th
Monday, December 7th
Tuesday, December 8th
Wednesday, December 9th
Thursday, December 10th
Friday, December 11th 

An Experiment in Coloring:

 

Just like quilts, a coloring page can take on a completely different look when you use different colors. (If you want to see something really cool, take a look at the video Amanda made showing coloring possibilities of one of her coloring pages.)

 

We played along in the office and made two versions of a finished coloring page showcased in the book.

 

Amanda’s design from the book:

 

 

Emily’s design (she couldn’t stop at just one and colored two pages!):

 

Amy’s design:

Play along with us! Post pics of your own coloring book pages from Modern Elegance on Instagram using #modernelegance so we can see!
Happy coloring!
–The Staff of American Patchwork & Quilting

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Enter The Craftys Today!

Have you voted in The Crafty’s competition yet? You’ve only go until October 25 (THIS SUNDAY) to enter or vote. The Crafty’s, launched by CraftFoxes.com, is a way to show off your original work and gain online recognition.

 

With so many categories (including Best Pinterest Board or Instagram Account) and and so many creative folks out there, it’s no surprise that competition is fierce. Last year’s best of show winner was a stunning knit lace bridal gown.

 

Who and what will the finalists in each category be this year? And who will be the Best of Show Winner?

 

I found a few more favorites as I perused the site:

 

Neither Snow Nor Rain Bar 

 

Santa’s Workshop

 

Gold Drusy Cuff Bracelet

 

And I love Julie Kelley’s story about her Share the Warmth Scarf.

 

So click over to The Craftys Awards site to enter and vote! And tune in on November 6 for the livestreamed awards event at thecraftys.com.

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