Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 11}

Buzzard's-RoostSince I’m apparently having the cold that never ends, I’ve only got one block for you this week: Buzzard’s Roost. First, I was going to make this block mostly pink with the mint for the flying geese, but in my distracted cutting, I cut the squares/rectangles reversed. So, I recut the center square in mint and I think it’s a happy mistake now because I love that mint print so much.

Block 21

Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the block:

Buzzard’s Roost: I sewed slightly to the outside of the drawn line on the 2 1/2″ squares. Then, when I trimmed and pressed them they turned out more square without any excess. I will be doing this from now on.

I know this is a short post, but it’s better than nothing! Maybe I’ll even have 3 blocks next week…

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 10}

Right-and-LeftI really love this print from Bliss, so I was glad to find a little bit different quilt block that also utilized larger pieces, but in a different way than most of the blocks I’ve done before, this one is called Right and Left.

WindowsI seem to be drawn towards paisley this week, and the Windows block is no exception. Since my quilt looks mainly blue, red, and pink, but has some other colors, I am working on broadening it out. I don’t want to get to the end and find there are two green blocks!

Block 19 and 20Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Right and Left: I cut my quarter square triangle (QST) blocks  to 5 1/2″ and then sewed them. Then, I marked the center of each side of the larger square and put the QST seam there, then trimmed the whole block down.

Windows: Again, I cut the QST blocks to 5 1/2″. When you cut them this way, it actually makes two of the hourglass center blocks, so I just sewed up the extra one and will make a pincushion or something. I’m sure you could figure out how not cut without making the extra block, but EQ7 wasn’t helping me and I just wanted to get it done without making a mistake.

week-10-blocksHere are the last two weeks of blocks, you can see all the older blocks here. It is funny just to see these four on my design wall, since the others are put away for now. Maybe someday I’ll have a space large enough to put more than a few blocks on the wall! But, this works great for now. And, we’re almost 1/4 of the way done {the finished, queen sized qulit, should have 85 blocks!}. Yay, I cannot believe this is really coming together. Maybe it will be finished before we move next year!

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 9}

bow-tieOne of my reasons for choosing an 8″ sampler is to be able to use some of my bigger prints and still see the print. So, I used one of my all time favorite Ruby prints for this Bow Tie block and I love that you can really see the print.

Dutchman's-PuzzleThe next block is the Dutchman’s Puzzle. I had a bit of a hard time getting this one square, I’m debating remaking it, but just not sure. I’m worried about the integrity of the quilt if the blocks are a little wonky. So, we’ll see if I leave it. I’ve already remade my Rolling Stone block because this is my dream quilt.

Block 17 and 18Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Bow Tie: I drew a line on the 2 1/2″ squares and then sewed along that line and trimmed to 1/4″ seam allowance. This is a great blocks to showcase larger prints.

Dutchman’s Puzzle: I used the same method as for the Bow Tie, which left me with lots of little triangles. However. I had a hard enough time getting this block finished neatly, I know it would have ended up wonky if I’d done a different method!

18-blocksI laid out all my blocks this week and took a picture, since my mini design wall was full. Now I’ve packed up the first 16 blocks and will start with these new ones. I’m really enjoying how this is coming together. I am going to keep going with the PDFs since more people are expressing interest. I really appreciate your comments letting me know you’re interested!

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 8}

Postage-Stamp-1Thanks to those who provided feedback on the Simple Scrappy Sampler Quilt blocks last week. I had no idea any more of you were sewing along, because it usually just feels like I’m sending these projects out into the internet void. I have always tried not to worry too much if no one commented on a post, but, in all seriousness, there is no way for me to gauge participation in something like this without feedback. When I look at the page views, all I see is that people looked at the blocks, and that is not enough for me to keep creating these tutorials. But, since a few more of you did say you’re making them, I’ll extend my tutorials out a couple more weeks as a trial. If I see more blocks {if you don’t blog or Instagram, e-mail me!} I’ll keep it going.

And, I worked with some April Showers this week, but I didn’t have big enough pieces to make any specific block pattern, so I decided to do a Postage Stamp block using a bunch of different prints.

New-Album-II-1The next block is the New Album II. I really wanted to showcase this pretty red print, and this one seemed like a great option. I love how it is a variation on the Uneven Nine Patch from two weeks ago, but looks so very different.

Block-15-and-16Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Postage Stamp: Press a lot to keep those squares perfect, a couple of mine got a little wonky…

New Album II: I cut the 2 7/8″ squares to 3 1/8″. That way I could trim the center square to exactly 4 1/2″, with all the points in the right place. I was pretty pleased that the points turned out on the first try!

Blocks

Here are this week’s and last week’s blocks together. As I mentioned last week, I’m not going to photograph all the blocks together each time, so they don’t get handled too much and fray or anything! Though, my mini design wall is full with 16 blocks, so I’m going to try to get one good photo of all 16 and then put them away and start fresh.

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal. I’m planning to give a couple more weeks worth of tutorials, if interest continues to increase!

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 7}

Homeward-BoundHonestly, I feel kind of shocked to be back with two more Simple Scrappy Sampler Quilt blocks! I decided to go with one simple and one more complex block again this week, because that seems to be the best way for me to get some variety {I often feel tempted to go with only simple! So, my first block, Homeward Bound, is just like last week’s block, except the HST are arranged differently. But, to make it look strikingly different, I used all lighter colors. I was a little worried it would be too light, but I think I love it!

SpoolsI also made this Spools block. It was a little rough to sew {I’m not great with tiny pieces}. Some of my points don’t exactly line up, I even took them out a couple times, but still had the same result, so I am just going to be okay with it. I love the way the fabrics look and the contrast of the pink and navy. This may be my current favorite for the whole quilt.

Block 13 and 14

Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Homeward Bound: I cut my squares 5″ and then drew a line down the middle and sewed on either side, then trimmed…they were perfect {not too large like last week}.

Spools: This one has a lot of little pieces. The 1 1/2″ squares are sewn on the ends of the 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles and then trimmed to make the tops and bottoms of the spools. Just take your time on this one, but other than that, there isn’t much trickiness to it.

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Blocks-11-14

Here are this week’s and last week’s blocks together. As I mentioned last week, I’m not going to photograph all the blocks together each time, so they don’t get handled too much and fray or anything!

I hope you are enjoying these blocks. Since I haven’t been receiving much feedback, I’m considering just making blocks and posting my photos. Making the PDFs and the block cutting directions is very time consuming, so, if no one is making them {which is fine}, I think I’ll just skip the directions. I’ll do one more week for sure, so anyone making them will have 16 blocks, but then it will just be photos going forward. So, please let me know your thoughts!

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal. I’m already looking forward to next week’s blocks!