Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 2}

TurstyleWelcome to week two! I’m really excited about this quilt because I’m using all my favorite fabrics, so I know I’m really going to love this quilt! Oh, and we started a Flickr group too, for those of you who prefer Flickr to Instagram, you can find it here. Block three uses one of my favorite prints from Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.

Economy-PatchBlock four is the Economy Patch, and I decided not to use the La Creme dots on this one. Since I didn’t really plan on using them in every block, I thought it was a good time to throw in some blocks without the dots.

Simple Scrappy Sampler 3-4Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Turnstyle: I cut the blocks at 5″ and 5 1/4″, respectively. Then I trimmed each quarter of the block to 4 1/2″ before sewing. This seemed easier than cutting anything with 3/16ths of an inch!

Economy Patch: I started with a 4 1/2″ center square and over sized the triangle corners. The first set of corners trims down to a 6 1/8″ square, then the second set to 8 1/2″. I’d much rather trim a little off than have my block too small.

Week-2-blocksAnd here are all four blocks together. I’m excited to start the next two. If you’re sewing along, we’d love to see your blocks either in the Flickr group or be sure to tag it #simplescrappysamplerqal on Instagram.

Spiderweb Quilt Top {almost complete}

Summertime, and I am loving it even though I am not a huge fan of really hot, humid days. But, I am loving the sun. Since I am originally from WA state, where we do not see the sun a lot, I try to enjoy it as much as possible.

I have four new blocks to share from the Modern Stitching Bee group and an almost complete top.

First two are from Leanne. They took a little scenic tour getting to my house but I am so glad they made it safe and beautifully.


We made two 12 1/2″ blocks for each partner.


Love them! Thank you Leanne from She Can Quilt. (Love the Briar Rose strawberries).

The next two are from Rhonda at Quilter In the Gap. Love them so much!!



It has been fun seeing all the variety of fabric that make up each of these blocks. These are the perfect block design to use because they include a large variety of prints. Thank you again Rhonda, I love them, (especially all the low volume)!! Be sure to check out their blogs, they have great inspiration on there.


This is not a great picture, but I wanted to share a little bit of what all of my blocks will look like put together for my finished quilt. I think they go perfectly together. I am so thankful for such kind and generous women who have made all of these blocks for me, I know it will turn into a beautiful quilt that I will treasure!


Since it is summer, I thought I would share this cute little hummingbird that I saw out of my kitchen window this morning. I put that feeder up about a month ago. It hasn’t seen very many birds because there is still a lot of syrup in it. I just happened to see a little bird there on the weekend, so now I check regularly. Happy days!!

I hope you are enjoying your summer. I sure am, lots of grilling, watermelon, cherries and corn on the cob. I come from a family of corn on the cob lovers. It was very pleasant yesterday, my son and I went for a walk and then sat on the back deck enjoying the fresh air. What have you been doing this summer?

Today will be for some more catch up sewing, I am so excited about my little visitors I have coming soon. I have lots to do to get ready for them!!

Have a great day and weekend!



Simple Scrappy Sampler Quilt Along {Week 1}

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Block-1Happy Monday! Here are the first two blocks of my sampler quilt! I decided to just start with some of my favorite fabrics, in hopes that will help me keep on track and make the whole quilt! The first block is called “Hourglass” by Electric Quilt 7, even though it is not what I would have thought of as an hourglass!

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Block-2And then the next block is a simple star. All these blocks will finish at 8″ square, I felt like this was a good size for me, not tiny, but it will still give a lot of variety to the quilt.

Simple Scrappy Sampler 1-2Here are the piece sizes to make each block. I am just going to list the actual sizes needed for the block, not the detailed construction directions. You can download a PDF of the size requirements here. Also, here are a few notes for the blocks:

Hourglass: I used 5″ squares for the half-square triangles, and then trimmed them to 4 1/2″ when they were sewn. I cut 2 1/2″ x 11″ strips for the small squares, sewed them together, and then trimmed them into 2 1/2″ units.

Sawtooth Star: I used the same method Chrissy used for the star of the Mini Medallion QAL. I did not upsize my geese units, but it probably would have been a good idea, to get everything square.

Personally, I’d rather waste a little bit of fabric than have my quilt not turn out square, as I know my seam allowances aren’t always perfect.

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Week-1If you’re making one of these along with me, I’d love to see your progress! Share a link in the comments below or tag your project on social media with #simplescrappysamplerqal and tag me too!

Oh, and if you have a favorite basic quilt block that you think would be a good fit for this quilt, please let me know!

Simple Scrappy Sampler Quilt Along

Happy Monday! I’m heading to the Post Office this morning to mail my mini quilt from the #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap on Instagram, but I wanted to share it with all of you and my latest quilt plan too! So, here’s my mini quilt:

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Mini-QuiltI used Electric Quilt 7 to create the cutting directions for these blocks and they were so fun to make! I have been wanting to make a sampler quilt, kind of like the Farmer’s Wife, but the tiny, intricate blocks are just too much for me right now. So, instead, I’m going to make my own sampler quilt with 8″ blocks using some of my special, hoarded fabrics:

StashAnd, in case any of you want to make one too, I’m going to be blogging my progress {as well as cutting directions} every Monday {I hope}. And, then, in about a year, I’ll have a queen sized quilt. I’ve been hoping and planning to make one forever, but I’ve been hesitant to commit to any one thing. I’m hoping using the blog will give me some motivation and accountability!

mini-quilt-swap---EQ7-772014-104249-AM.bmpHere are the first two blocks I’ll be posting next week, along with a little more info. This is just going to be a low-key quilt along, but if you want to join me, I’ll be sharing my progress on Instagram too with the tag #simlpescrappysamplerqal

I will also post finishing directions for the mini quilt shown here, in case you want to make one like it instead of a larger quilt. And now, I’m off to mail my swap package! Hope your week is off to a great start.

X and + Blocks {Modern Stitching Bee}

April’s Modern Stitching Bee blocks were for Rebecca! Here are the blocks my mom made {she made an extra one for me, to help me catch up}:

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Choosing the fabrics is the most time consuming part of these blocks, since they require a bit larger pieces {Rebecca has a tutorial here}.

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But then the blocks come together pretty quickly after that!


This is the one I made:


Rebecca asked for saturated colors, but also that our styles show, so I went with these brights {as they are about as saturated as my fabric stash gets!}. I hope she’s okay with it and that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb!}.

It is so fun to get to make different blocks each month! I think I see more x and + blocks in my future!