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Super simple modern Sampler quilt, cross block tutorial, color girl quilts by sharon mcconnell
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Super Simple Sampler Block #2

Welcome to block #2 of the Super Simple Sampler 6" series. As part of my book club this year, I am sharing instructions to make blocks that will eventually become a sampler quilt. This month is cross blocks. You can see how to make block #1 Here, and read about this year's Book Club series Here. Cutting yellow print: cut 2 squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2";  2 squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"; 2 rectangles 2 1/2" x 1 1/2"; two rectangles 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" blue print: cut 1 rectangle  2 1/2" x 1 1/2"; 1 square 1 1/2"...

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Super simple modern Sampler quilt, cross block tutorial, color girl quilts by sharon mcconnell
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Free Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Patterns, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler: Block 1

On Sunday, I told you about a new quilters' book club series I am starting. Each month I will make four blocks from Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book. I will also design four of my own blocks, making eight in all each month and a total of 72 by the end. Today I have the instructions to make the first block! This month we have cross blocks, but for this one I turned it on its side to make an "x". The block is 6 1/2". Cutting (for simplicity, I will list fabrics in the same colors as the ones...

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Free Quilt Patterns, Summer Blockbuster 2014

Summer Blockbuster Quilt: Take 3

It is week three of the 2014 Summer Blockbuster! Today I will show you how to sew your blocks together into a finished top. Click Here to see the first post, including fabric and cutting instructions Click Here to see the second post, sewing the sashing strips to the blocks *Sew with right sides of fabric facing, using 1/4" seam Making the four sides of the quilt (above): In the last step, you sewed strips of black and striped sashing on two sides of four of the sampler blocks. Since the blocks are on point in the finished quilt, you will add two setting...

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Free Quilt Patterns, Patchwork, Summer Blockbuster 2014

Summer Blockbuster take 2: Sashing Blocks

Happy Sunday! Last week I introduced this year's Summer Blockbuster quilt project: a setting design for finishing up your orphan quilt blocks. Get fabric and cutting instructions Here. Today, we start sewing! **if your blocks are different size from mine (which are 12 1/2" unfinished), read all the instructions before cutting fabric and then adjust measurements for your block size)   This design calls for nine pieced sampler blocks plus four "background" squares. You may choose to use 13 pieced blocks and no plain blocks (or any combination). First determine the layout that you want your blocks in the finished quilt. My favorite...

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Free Quilt Patterns, Summer Blockbuster 2014

Summer Blockbuster 2014

It's July! that means it's time for a summer blockbuster. This year I made my quilt with all the blocks I did for my monthly Quilter's Book Club during this past school year. The quilt finishes 62" square as shown. This month, I will be posting a series of instructions to make a top like mine. If you have orphan blocks or old block-of-the-month blocks you never put together, this is a great opportunity to turn them into a finished quilt! I will add options whenever possible and offer alternatives to mine. First, the blocks: I have nine pieced sampler blocks...

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how to make a modern sampler quilt
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Free Quilt Patterns, Summer Quilt Blockbuster 2013

Summer Blockbuster: Take 3

Let's finish this top! Welcome to the last step of the Summer Blockbuster sew along. Today I will show how to add the final borders to turn those blocks into a finished top, wahoo! In Take 2 we sewed the blocks together with the sashing strips. Next, If you haven't already cut them, cut 5 strips 1 1/2" by width of fabric from the Sashing B fabric. (you may need more or fewer strips depending on the size of your quilt at this point. These strips are for the inner border) Measure the width of the quilt to determine the length of the first...

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how to make a modern sampler quilt
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Free Quilt Patterns, Summer Quilt Blockbuster 2013

Summer Blockbuster: take 2

I am so excited at how quickly this quilt is coming together! who knew that having the blocks already sewn would be such a headstart?! ( -; If you just tuned in, click here to read about the summer blockbuster quilt In the previous scene, we cut sashing strips from three different fabrics and sewed the A sashing strips to the four edges of the blocks, framing them, like this: press toward the sashing strips (purple) Next, we will sew up the sashing B and C strips to create the center of our quilt. in the first step, you cut 6 strips of sashing B...

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Free Quilt Patterns, Summer Quilt Blockbuster 2013

Summer Blockbuster: fabric and cutting

Welcome to the first step of our Summer Blockbuster! For this sew along, I am going to publish the pattern and steps to set some of your orphan blocks into a finished quilt. See the intro post Here. For my version, I am busting some star blocks I made a while ago and then put away. Mine will also be a Stashbuster...I gathered all my sashing fabrics from my stash, wahoo! The pattern is for setting your blocks like the inspiration quilt below... You can make your quilt with any sampler, bee or other orphan blocks of any size. You need a quantity...

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Free Quilt Patterns, Summer Quilt Blockbuster 2013

Summer Blockbuster!

Here is your chance to have the fun of starting a new project and make yourself feel righteous for finishing a work in progress...all in one! Do you have a group of sampler blocks, block of the month project or Bee Blocks languishing on your W.I.P. list? This would also be great for a group of applique blocks that need a setting, or a beautiful large-scale print you want to display but not chop up... just cut it into squares! Starting this week I am going to publish periodic posts with the pattern and instructions to turn your blocks into a...

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