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Sew Colorful: October is for Quilters

Happy October! It’s such a beautiful time of year, happens to be my birthday month (and it’s a big one this year, eeps!), and quilting is STILL my favorite thing to do, so let’s make it a super colorful month.

First up: FREE U.S. shipping in the shop (discounted international). There are so many pretty new fabrics, let’s go shopping! US customers Use code “October” for free shipping site wide. International customers use code “Autumn” for $10 off your order.

Next up: Quilt Along! I am making a Super Simple Sampler to gift my friend. I will be posting here and also doing videos on YouTube for some of the blocks. This is going to be a “how to” for some key skills, so if you are new to quilting be sure and follow along. If you aren’t new, but want a fun and easy quilt, join us!

Let’s talk fabric and getting ready to start your sampler quilt.

simple sampler quilt, free pattern by Color Girl quilts

The instructions to make 36 easy sampler blocks can be found right here on the website. When I first made this quilt, I used a fat eight bundle of the fabric collection, Figures, my Zen Chic for Moda (2015) plus scraps from my stash.

<<click here to go to the page with the block instructions>>

For my new sampler, I am going with an all-pink color scheme because I am making it for a friend who loves pink (read that story and why she REALLY deserves a special gift).

To kick off, let’s choose fabric for your quilt! You could use any bundle of fat quarters, fat eights from a favorite designer, or a collection of scraps in your stash. 

If you like my idea and want to make yours with a single color palette, I have several color bundles in the shop: pink (that’s what I’m doing), Turquoise, Peach and Indigo. Any of these would be a great start. I don’t think I’ve ever made a quilt with such a limited palette. I have made a two color quilt, but never focused exclusively on one color in a variety of shades. I think it will be a fun challenge: getting the contrast right, keeping it interesting, and being brave enough to throw lots and lots of different prints together.

Road Trip fabrics by Alison Glass, sold by Color Girl Quilts

Of course, I would never discourage going all out with scraps, prints and/or color! *we are going for a super colorful October, after all*

I’d love to see one of the Samplers made in saturated colors like these from the Alison Glass Road Trip collection. This group would provide you with the right mix of contrast for sure. Other options include one of the curated Sew Colorful bundles like Brights, Girlfriends or Meadow. All of the the Sampler quilt blocks require only straightforward piecing, so it’s a great project for enjoying your favorite fabrics without worrying about waste or goofing up (-:

Some people have asked me how much fabric is needed. I don’t have an exact yardage requirement because it really is a scrap friendly quilt. I do recommend starting out with 10 or more fat quarters or 20+ fat eights. The more the better, as far as I’m concerned! Make sure you have a pretty even selection of light, medium and dark (or minimum of  three distinct colors) so you have good contrast to show off the cute block designs.

For the layout, if you want to make one like my original, you’ll need to make two of each of the blocks (for a total of 72), then white and gray fabric for the sashing (1 1/3 yard each), blue for the triangle accents (3/4 yard) and 3/4 yard binding fabric. This will make a 64″ x 72″ quilt. <<click here to find the posts featuring instructions to sew the blocks in that setting>>

For this version, I am going to make 40 blocks (the 36 featured, plus four of them twice with different fabrics), then set them alternating with hourglass blocks in pink and white (like shown in the drawing above). I’ll post those instructions during the month as we are sewing. This will make a 48″ x 54″ quilt. In addition to the fabrics for your blocks, you’ll need 1 1/8 yard of each of two colors to sew the hourglass setting blocks and 1/2 yard for binding.

Okay! I think we are ready to go. Be sure and subscribe to Color Girl on YouTube  so you’ll know when a video goes up and we are talking about the project. If you prefer, follow on Instagram (tag me @colorgirlquilts and use #supersimplesampler) and Facebook.

Happy Sewing,

Sharon McConnell, Color Girl Quilts




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