It is finally time to make the Summer Blockbuster of 2015! This is the third annual summer quilt-along here at Color Girl, a quilt along for finishing those orphan blocks you might have laying around, or an opportunity to make something new and fresh. This year, I am using all the blocks I made throughout this year in Quilters’ Book Club and the Super Simple Sampler series. There are few out there who have made the simple sampler blocks with me, so I hope you will quilt along with me this month and get those blocks finished into a quilt. **If you are on instagram, use #supersimplesampler to show me what you are making.
Here is how it works: For the next month of Sundays, I will post the steps for sewing your sampler blocks into a quilt like mine above. The instructions are for the setting only, you bring your own blocks, whether they are the Simple Sampler ones made from my tutorials, or any other unfinished quilt blocks you have languishing, ready to sew up in a fun setting. My blocks are all 6 1/2″ (finish 6″), but this is really easy to adapt to whatever blocks you have. I will indicate throughout which measurements you should adjust if your blocks are a different size. **the first two Summer Blockbuster quilts were made with 12″ blocks, see 2013 Here, and 2014 Here.
For my sampler quilt, I used primarily fabrics from the Zen Chic collection called “Figures” (from Moda, fall 2014) and added a few coordinating fabrics from my stash. The white sashing is kona white and the gray sashing is two different light gray pin-dot prints (I ran out of the one I started with, so I had to improvise, but I think it just adds to the scrappy look). The navy blue binding fabric is “Sketch” from Michael Miller fabrics (the Sketch prints come in many colors, they are a great basic/almost solid). I used Hobbs Heirloom batting and Aurifil thread. Quilting was done by the ever-so-talented Darby, of Quilted Squid.
This sampler quilt has 72 blocks, set in nine rows of eight blocks, and measures 64″ x 72″. I will include instructions to make a quilt like mine (72 blocks) and also for a 36 block quilt, which is how many blocks I provided tutorials for in the Super Simple Sampler. The 36 block quilt will finish 48″ square.
In addition to your blocks, fabrics you will need:
for the 72 block quilt,
white and gray (each, for sashing) 1 1/3 yards
navy blue print (for half-square triangles) 3/4 yard
3/4 yard binding fabric
for the 36 block quilt,
white and gray (each, for sashing) 3/4 yard
navy blue print (for the half-square triangles) 1/2 yard
1/2 yard binding fabric
If you want to sew along with blocks that are something other than 6 1/2″, here is how to figure out how much fabric you need:
for the gray and white: size of quilt blocks (unfinished) + size of quilt block (finished) + 3 =_____ X number of blocks =______ divided by 42=______ X 1 1/2 = ______ + 6= ______” of fabric (this is approximate, make sure you have access to more if you should run short). Divide the inches of fabric by 36 to give you yards.
for the navy blue: number of blocks X 2 =____ divided by 15 =_____ X 2.75 =______” of fabric
That’s all for now. Sew up your blocks this week (or dig out those orphan block of the month or BEE blocks) and get ready to turn them into a finished quilt! Next week I will tell you how to cut the fabrics and the first sewing step.