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September 2, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 16: Twist and Turn from Freshly Pieced

Happy Labor Day to my U.S. peeps! But it’s Monday, so holiday or no, we’ve got a quilt block to make.

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 16: Twist and TurnThis week’s Summer Sampler 2019: Piecing Bootcamp block pattern is Twist and Turn, designed by Jemima Flendt of Tied With a Ribbon. This week’s Bootcamp skill is all about equilateral triangles, a versatile and interesting shape when used in piecing.

If you haven’t sewn with equilateral triangles before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to piece! After a couple of weeks’ worth of very challenging blocks, this one will ...

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August 26, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 15: Circle Gets the Square from Freshly Pieced

Hello from New York City! I’m spending a week or so there with my kids as a last hurrah before they head back to school, doing all the touristy things and taking in some theater and U.S. Open tennis. Hopefully in the midst of our vacationing, I remembered to send out this week’s Summer Sampler 2019 block pattern! If I forgot, I promise it will show up soon. LOL.

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 15: Circle Gets the Square

Anyway, this week’s block pattern is … (drumroll) … all about using color! This is one of my very favorite things about quilting—the way color and value choices ...

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August 20, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 14: Dandelion Clock from Freshly Pieced

So you guys … this week’s Summer Sampler 2019 skill is “improv curves.” Improv. AND curves. Can you take a wild guess what my two least-favorite types of piecing are? If you guessed improv and curves, ding ding ding, we have a winner! And this week we’re doing both of those. At the same time. Gulp.

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 14: Dandelion Clock

But really, if we have to tackle improv curves (and apparently we have to), this block—Dandelion Clock, designed by Jo Avery of My Bear Paw—is the way to do it! Jo’s block uses her foundation-piecing method that involves piecing onto ...

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August 12, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 13: Altitude from Freshly Pieced

It’s Monday … that means I’ve got another Summer Sampler 2019 block for you!

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 13: Altitude by Andrea Tsang Jackson

This is Altitude, designed by Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop. Our skill this week is diamonds—they’re not just for lone star quilts, you guys!

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 13: Altitude, designed by Andrea Tsang Jackson

I love that this block is such a unique and creative take on the basic building-block of a lone star quilt. If you can perfect sewing diamonds, it opens up so many design possibilities, like this one. Diamonds can be tricky, but it just takes a little practice to get the hang of them.

Another great thing ...

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August 8, 2019
Perfect HST BOM Block 8: Cedar Star from Freshly Pieced

Good morning! As you read this, I’m just returning from a family vacation to the Wisconsin Dells, otherwise known as the Waterpark Capital of the World. That’s right, the World Atlas says so, so it must be legit. In the Dells there are more waterparks and pools per capita than any other city in North America. It is truly a national treasure. LOL. But while I suffer through waterpark withdrawal, let’s enjoy this month’s HST BOM Block, shall we?

IMG_6614 This month’s HST BOM block is Cedar Star. This one is another East Lansing, Michigan reference ...

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August 5, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 12: Fussy Love from Freshly Pieced

It’s August! How is it August already?! I feel like summer has barely started, and now the girls are just one month from being back to school. But at least another week gone by means another Summer Sampler block! We’re on Block #12 already!

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 12: Fussy Love, designed by Justin Stafford

This is Fussy Love by Justin Stafford of Keaton Quilts. First of all, if you’re not familiar with Justin, you have to head to his website or Instagram to check out his company’s “CEO,” Diane Keaton. You can thank me later, after you’ve enjoyed that cuteness.

This week’s Piecing Bootcamp ...

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July 29, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 11: Bird’s Eye Weave from Freshly Pieced

Happy Monday! This week’s Summer Sampler block is a two-fer when it comes to skills: Stripes and curves.

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 11: Bird's Eye Weave, designed by Heather Black

I didn’t expect to fall in love with this block, but I did! I feel like there are just so many design possibilities here if you switch up the colors and values, and that’s my favorite kind of quilt block. And, if you think this block is difficult, you’d be wrong. Especially after curve-intensive Block 6! This block was a piece of cake.

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 11: Bird's Eye Weave, designed by Heather Black
And hey: If you purchased the acrylic curve templates from one of our previous Summer ...

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July 22, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 10: Off Kilter from Freshly Pieced

Good morning! This week’s Summer Sampler 2019 block is all about partial seams!

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Partial seams is one of those techniques that sounds super scary and complicated, but it actually isn’t. Like at all! It’s literally sewing a part of a seam, then coming back and finishing that seam later. Faith (the designer of this block) made a video showing you exactly how to do it—see, easy, right? I know you will be pleasantly surprised when you give this block a try!

IMG_2613And, such a cool block, right? Which couldn’t be accomplished any other way except ...

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July 10, 2019
Perfect HST BOM Block 7: Rambling Star from Freshly Pieced

Happy July! And guess what – summer has finally reached my neck of the woods! We had our usual gathering of friends and family at my house for the Fourth of July, but beyond that, I’m looking forward to a relaxing month. And in the meantime, the July block of the Perfect HST BOM has dropped!

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This month’s HST BOM block is Rambling Star. This one is named after the street I grew up on in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Well, the street was actually “Ramblewood” but for some reason Ramblewood sounded like a weird name for a block to ...

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July 8, 2019
Never tear out paper-piecing stitches again! Video of my favorite no-fail tip from Freshly Pieced

Paper-piecing: Either you love it or you hate it, right? And if you hate it, it’s probably because you’ve placed a piece in the wrong spot a time or two (or 50), missing part of the template, and you had to tear out all those tiny stitches to fix it. Been there! Not fun.

But there IS a way to place those pieces in exactly the right spot, every time—it’s an easy, visual method of avoiding paper-piecing disasters! I just made a video of how it works—click below to watch! Happy piecing!

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Summer Sampler 2019 Block 8: Fierce from Freshly Pieced

Good morning! Are you guys ready to do some tiny piecing this week? I mean, REALLY teeny tiny?

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This week’s block is Fierce by Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter. When it comes to tiny piecing (this week’s focus skill), Kitty is the expert for sure! Her Sew Tiny Sampler pattern is adorably eensy. So who better to ask to design this week’s block? Yes, that tiny star in the center measures 1-1/3″ square when finished. That’s small, you guys. LOL.

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But wait! Don’t freak out! You guys, it’s just paper-piecing. And you’ve ...

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July 1, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Blocks 6 and 7: Cul de Sac and Sparkler from Freshly Pieced

Happy July y’all! Let’s check out the latest Summer Sampler 2019 blocks!

Summer Sampler 2019 Block 7 - Sparkler

This week’s block is Sparkler by Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jet Girl. This 4th-of-July-inspired block is a gorgeous, challenging paper-pieced design! Our previous paper-pieced block—Rope Twist by Amy Friend, from two weeks ago—was fantastic and beginner-friendly, the perfect starter block for paper-piecing newbies. Well, I hope you enjoyed that, because now we’re throwing you into the deep end with this little firecracker! LOL.

Summer Sampler 2019 Block 7 - Sparkler

But really, before I scare you off, I promise that if you can paper-piece the Rope Twist block, you ...

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June 17, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 5: Rope Twist from Freshly Pieced

Good morning! Summer Sampler 2019 Block 5 is here!

Summer Sampler 2019 Block 5: Rope Twist by Amy Friend

This is Rope Twist, by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. I heart this block so hard, because after a few more time consuming blocks, this little baby seemed like a breeze!

This is, of course, a foundation paper-pieced block. And that’s our “Piecing Bootcamp” skill of the week: Paper-piecing. But you guys, if you’ve never paper-pieced before, this block is a great way to try it out. It’s just two templates (most paper-pieced blocks have at least 4 templates), and once the paper-piecing portion is done, there ...

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June 11, 2019
Perfect HST BOM Block 6: Crystal Star from Freshly Pieced

Perfect HST BOM Block 6: Crystal StarHey, did you guys notice that it’s June already? This year is flying by! And that means I’ve got another Perfect HST BOM block to show you!

This is Crystal Star. I adored living in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood after college. But my Dupont Circle studio apartment was TEENY, so eventually I decided to look for something a little bigger in a less expensive neighborhood. I ended up on the other side of the Potomac in Arlington, Virginia’s Crystal City area. I’ve heard rumors that Crystal City is now a somewhat cool place ...

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June 10, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Blocks 3 and 4: Curious Crossing and Victorian Tile from Freshly Pieced

Summer Sampler 2019 keeps rolling on! Here are the latest blocks we’ve made in the quilt-along:

Summer Sampler 2019: Curious Crossing by Krista Hennebury  First, Curious Crossing by Krista Hennebury of Poppyprint. This was last week’s block, and the skill in our Summer Sampler: Piecing Bootcamp theme: Improv! If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you probably know I have a complicated relationship with improv. When things aren’t carefully planned out for me, I freak out a little. LOL. But Krista’s “Improv Under the Influence” technique actually made this block so darn easy! I didn’t panic in the least! Yay ...

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May 27, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 2: Pixelations from Freshly Pieced

Good morning – happy Monday, and happy Memorial Day in the U.S.! Monday means it’s time for another Summer Sampler 2019 block. (Subscribers, check your inbox for this week’s block pattern!)

Summer Sampler Block 2: Pixelations by Lee Heinrich

I designed this week’s block, Pixelations. And to continue the Summer Sampler: Piecing Bootcamp theme, can you guess what skill we’re working on this week? Anybody? LOL. That’s right: This week’s focus is half-square triangles (HSTs)! Ahhh, the humble HST. You’re not going to get very far in quilting without making a few (or few thousand) of those.

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May 22, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 1: Spring Fever from Freshly Pieced

And just like that, Summer Sampler 2019 is underway! Block 1 is called Spring Fever, designed by Lynn Carson Harris.

Summer Sampler 2019 Block 1: Spring Fever by Lynn Carson Harris

First of all, I have to say that Katie, Faith, and I have been overwhelmed with the response to this year’s Summer Sampler quilt-along. We already have well over 1,000 quilters signed up, which is by far our best participation EVER! This summer is going to be such a blast. And with this year’s “Piecing Bootcamp” theme, we’ve going to have fun while we’re learning some mad new skillz! Each week’s block will focus ...

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May 7, 2019
Perfect HST BOM Block 5: Hillcrest Star from Freshly Pieced

Hillcrest Star - May block of Perfect HST BOM Yassssss, it’s May!! That means another Perfect HST BOM block has hit your inbox! (Look for a separate email with your unique downloadable link, or see below for what to do if you didn’t receive it.)

This is Hillcrest Star. This month’s block is named after one of the streets I lived on as an undergrad at Michigan State University. My student days in East Lansing are among my fondest memories, and the house I lived in on Hillcrest Ave. for a few years was an absolute blast. I lived there with a bunch of my ...

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May 1, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019: Piecing Bootcamp. It’s here! Plus a discount! from Freshly Pieced

You guys, I am so excited – it’s my favorite day of the year! That’s right – Katie, Faith, and I are getting the gang back together for another summer project for you all. The Summer Sampler 2019 quilt-along is available for pre-sale TODAY!

Summer Sampler 2019: Piecing Bootcamp

Summer Sampler 2019 – Curves Layout (one of two finishing options)

I won’t lie. It wasn’t easy to try to top last year’s travel-inspired quilt-along. But I’m super excited about this year’s theme, which is … (drumroll please) … “Piecing Bootcamp!”

Summer Sampler 2019: Piecing Bootcamp

Summer Sampler 2019 – Straight Lines Layout (one of two finishing options)

We’ve ...

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April 2, 2019
Perfect HST BOM Block 4: Dupont Star from Freshly Pieced

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Happy April! Are you seeing signs of spring in your neck of the woods yet? Well, here’s another sign for you: April’s block for the Perfect HST BOM has landed in your in-box! (Subscribers, look for an email with your unique downloadable link!)

Meet Dupont Star! This month’s block is named after Dupont Circle, the Washington, D.C., neighborhood where I lived right after I graduated from college and got my first job out of school. I had a teeny-tiny studio apartment near 17th and U. I walked straight down 17th Street to get to work every ...

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