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May 12, 2019
Saturday Sampler - final blocks from My Sewing Room


We can see the finish line of another Saturday Sampler.  This one has been a mystery quilt.  Yesterday we got the final clues to finish our blocks and also got the layout options. There were 11 different layouts in this pattern!!  Since I'm working on 2 different color combinations I'll end up with 2 quilts and I'm thinking right now that I need to choose different layouts for each. 


My Halloween fabrics are so fun, and both the green and the black have a touch of orange, so I'm thinking orange sashing might be perfect for ...

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October 9, 2018
Saturday Sampler choices from My Sewing Room



The Pin Cushion had just the perfect aqua for my Saturday Sampler.  I knew they would.  The royal blue was OK, but I like this aqua much better.  We needed a dark, a light, and a contrasting fabric.  Our first clue was merely cutting to prep for piecing.  On this coming Saturday we'll get the first of the piecing clues for the mystery quilt.  Saturday Sampler is one of my favorite "quilt-y" activities.  I feel like I learn something new each year, even thought I've been quilting for nearly 40 years.

And when I was digging around my ...

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August 17, 2018
Saturday Sampler from My Sewing Room

 
The final 2 blocks for Saturday Sampler are complete.  This block looked kind of complicated but was actually very easy to put together.  Blue was the only color I hadn't used yet.  It took me almost as long to decide on my fabrics as it did to sew the blocks.
 
 
I didn't have to work yesterday so there was plenty of time to play with these.  The layout provided to us was OK, but I wasn't excited about it. That layout used pieced alternate blocks. I made one and decided not to go that route.  But I ...

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July 26, 2018
Saturday Sampler block from My Sewing Room



This block is called Afternoon Siesta in our Saturday Sampler pattern.  It's really a variation of a log cabin, and we were cautioned to pay close attention as we made this one.  The pieces don't simply "go around" the center block in this variation. But the end result still looks like a traditional log cabin.

We only had 1 block this month, instead of the 2 we have been doing.  August will be our last month with 2 more blocks and then we'll have a reveal in September with the next Saturday Sampler previewed.  I'm not ...

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June 20, 2018
Saturday Sampler from My Sewing Room



This month's Saturday Sampler block was tricky to lay out, but easy to sew.  This is my first version - the "dark" block. My light block will have the black moved into a less prominent position.  I really like the look of this one and keep picturing it in red/white/blue.

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June 4, 2018
Oops!! from My Sewing Room

 
This month's Saturday Sampler blocks are Picnic Basket.  I had these laid out very carefully, rearranged the colors a couple of times, and finally sewed them together.  I can't believe I didn't see the problem with that second block - even while pressing it.  Not until I looked at the photo to write this post did I notice that I flipped one section.  So, once I get back home, I'll pull that block and pick out the stitches around that section so I can turn it the right way.
 

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April 21, 2018
Random Saturday sewing from My Sewing Room



Sailboat Excursion - I'm not sure I see where this block name originated.  But I like the simplicity of the design. These are latest Saturday Sampler blocks.  The layout is pretty simple, with a reversal of the light and dark fabrics in the second block. Each unit of these blocks was just a simple half square triangle.



And I finished the presentation pillowcase from my stash of patriotic fabrics.  This can be used with one of our guild Quilts of Valor.  I finally feel like I've made a little progress in using up some of the big stash of ...

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March 14, 2018
Saturday Sampler from My Sewing Room



I really love going to Saturday Sampler each month. First of all, the Show n' Tell is always amazing and inspirational.  And the demo teaches us new techniques or reinforces techniques that we maybe don't always remember to do correctly.  Even though I've been quilting for over 30 years I still learn new things at Saturday Sampler and other classes. And it is an opportunity to experiment with colors and blocks.

This Saturday Sampler has encouraged us to "shop our stash".  Since I have a lot of black and whites, and a lot of brights in the stash ...

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February 13, 2018
Saturday Sampler in blue from My Sewing Room



Treasure Hunt is the name of this block for Saturday Sampler this month. My blocks are all made from stash so far, and the color scheme is black and white, with brights mixed in.  I pulled some blues for these blocks.  Both blocks are really the same block, but with the colors moved around. Obviously the first one has more contrast based on color placement but I like both.



I really didn't intend to put the white sections in the same place for both blocks, but it worked out that way after I cut the pieces needed.  So this ...

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November 29, 2017
Saturday Sampler progress from My Sewing Room

 
Chasing Fireflies - isn't that a fun name for a block?  This is the second block in our latest Saturday Sampler project which is called Summer Watermelon Sampler.  The first block was Lucky Ladybug. 
 
We chose our own fabrics this time and were encouraged to "shop our stash". Since my stash has a LOT of black and white prints and a LOT of batiks, those were my choices for this one. Each month we do 2 variations of the block.  I've decided that each month I'll try to make one version a darker one and the other a ...

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October 17, 2017
New Age - cat approved from My Sewing Room

 
My 2016 Saturday Sampler is done, on the bed, and evidently cat approved.  I finished the binding while watching the Vikings beat the Packers on Sunday.
 
Usually Sammy hangs out under my desk when I'm working in the mornings, but Monday he didn't show up.  He seems a bit stressed because the family room furniture is all pushed into other rooms in preparation for carpet installation today. So our bedroom is one of the only safe places he can find right now and he has been spending a lot of time curled up in the middle of our ...

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October 16, 2017
Starting a new Saturday Sampler from My Sewing Room

 
The new Saturday Sampler program began yesterday.  It's called Summer Watermelon Sampler.  Nothing about this one makes me think of watermelons or summer however. Even though I've been quilting for more than 30 years, I feel that programs like Saturday Sampler are a wonderful learning opportunity, plus the bonus of a social activity.  New techniques, and reinforcing techniques I already knew - all part of the learning.  And the show 'n tell every month is just plain inspiring!
 
Can you tell that I love going to Saturday Sampler?  Here are my finished blocks for this month. Both blocks are ...

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