Monday, April 12, 2021

Red Sampler Quilt Along - Week One - You're Invited!!


Hello again and welcome to my blog:)
Today is the day to 
announce my new quilt along...
And yes!...
of course you are invited to join me!

As you know by now ...
I love to make all kinds of samplers.

I have made many over the years 
and most of them I've made scrappy 
using my scrappy stash baskets.

I'm talking about the 
same baskets that I have been 
doing block tutorials about on my 

I've also made samplers 
using only one color...
however I still consider them scrappy 
I use several different prints
 from my stash baskets in one color...

 and sometimes just one print
 for the background or sometimes more!

This sew along is all about
 using scrappy red prints 
and several different backgrounds...
probably five or maybe six.

And the blocks that we will be making
 for the red sampler are from my books:

Farm Girl Vintage
Farm Girl Vintage 2
Vintage Christmas 
Great Granny Squared

All of these books have instructions
 to make either the 6" or 12" sized blocks 
and several settings that you can
 choose from to make your red sampler.

I'm going to be making 
6" and 12" blocks for my sampler 
because I'll be using the setting 
from the sampler quilt in my book
 Farm Girl Vintage 2
That quilt setting requires 
20 - 12" blocks 
30 - 6" blocks
for a total of 50.

I'll be choosing and sewing 
some of the 
more traditional sampler looking blocks
 from each of these books 
and sewing 3 blocks each week 
until I have 50 for my quilt.

Of course you are welcome 
to make 50 of my blocks and choose 
the same setting that I am doing 
or you can choose any of my other 
settings that I have in my books.

You can see here on the 
Table of Contents 
of my Farm Girl Vintage 2
 that the sampler setting 
that I am using is on page 138.

In my first Farm Girl Vintage Book
 there are so many 
setting choices to choose from.
Some only use 6" blocks 
(like the cover quilt) 
or some only use 12" blocks 
and some use both sizes together!

And remember that I am 
always telling you that 
"You are the BOSS 
of your own Quilt"
and so you can choose a setting
 that needs fewer blocks 
if that's what your time allows!

In my book Vintage Christmas 
there are many more setting choices 
for 6" and/or 12" blocks:)

The main quilt in my 
Great Granny Squared Book 
uses 20 - 12" Blocks 
and would make a fabulous sampler!

Now let's chat a little 
about my three block choices 
for this week.
I made one 12" and two 6"

This is my block called 
and it's on page 66 of my first
 Farm Girl Vintage Book.

This block is  
and it's on page 112 of 
Farm Girl Vintage 2

And last but not least 
is my block called 
and it's on page 90 of my book
 Vintage Christmas

I already love love and love 
how these three blocks look together
 and I can't wait to add more each week!
The sew along starts now!
I'll be posting my three 
Red Sampler Blocks 
here on my blog every Monday 
and I'm sure I'll show and tell
 them several times 
on my YouTube Channel as well.

The sew along will last for 16 weeks
 and will end the last week in July.

If I sew 3 blocks for 16 weeks 
that adds up to 48 and so I'll be 
sewing 1 or 2 more blocks extra 
during those weeks to make 50 total:)

I have something fun planned 
for the label of our Red Samplers
 and as a hint...
 I'll be using blocks from my 
Spelling Bee Book

Here I have 5 - one yard cuts 
of my Bee Backgrounds fabrics
 in my vintage red and white enamel bowl 
just waiting to be cut and sewn
 into cute Red Sampler Blocks!
 (the Chicken Tracks print 
is from my Farm Girl Vintage collection)

I may add one or two more backgrounds
 or just stick with these 5:)

As for the reds...
I'm using all shades from light to dark.
This is important when you are 
using only one color 
so that your block design isn't lost.

 This sew along will be a great exercise 
in color value placement 
and how it can make or break a block:)

Notice that within each block 
I have used prints that 
have contrast from each other...
either by a different shade of red 
or by using a print that has 
quite a bit of white in it 
such as the gingham.
Keep this in mind as you are 
gathering reds for your sampler.

I gathered some reds from my stash and 
placed them in another one of my 
vintage enamelware pans
 to choose from for this weeks blocks.

Because I'd like to use 
even more variety of reds 
than these... I know I'll need
 a bigger container!

I always keep a few extra 
scrappy baskets on hand 
just for projects such as this 
and this week I'll be going 
through my stash baskets in my closet 
and filling one of these up 
with even more reds.
I'm sure one of these 
baskets full will be plenty!

with all of this being said...
I sure hope that you are excited 
as much as I am about my 
Red Sampler Quilt Along 
and that you will be
 sewing right along with me.

Besides posting here 
weekly on my blog
 I'll also be posting 
my blocks weekly on 
And I would love it if you 
would too... and use the hashtag
so that we can all see your blocks:)
And as I've said earlier...
I plan on showing and telling
 my Red Sampler Blocks 
two or three times on my 

I can't wait!!

Monday, March 29, 2021

Flea Market Flowers Sew Along - The Big Finish!!

Flea Market Flowers 
Quilt is Finished!!

Welcome to the big finish of the 

We are using my latest 
fabric collection called
Flea Market
It's designed by me ... 
and produced and distributed by the amazing 
Riley Blake Designs:)

We are making my quilt
76" x 86"

We are using my 
to make all of the flower petals...

This set of my 
for all of the flower centers...

And we are also using my 
for all of the leaves in the quilt.

All of the other notions as well as fabric requirements are detailed within the 
Flea Market Flowers Sew Along Guide
for the free PDF Download

I also have a "Bee Prepared" blog post 
detailing everything that you will
 need to know about this sew along...
to go to that blog post 
if you have not read it 
or you need to be "refreshed"
 on any of the information!

As promised...
To kick off week one
 I did a video tutorial on my
 YouTube channel showing how to make 
Flea Market Flower 

to go to that tutorial...
 so that you can make this cute flower!!

I also did a tutorial during 
week one right here
 on my blog for
Block "L"
to go to week one and this block tutorial:)

As part of week two 
I did the tutorial here for  
Block "O"
For that tutorial

is also in the week two tutorial:)

During week three
I did the tutorial for 

to go to week three for the tutorial

I also did the tutorial for 
during week three:)

During week four I did
 the tutorial for 
Block "K"

for that tutorial

And I also did the tutorial for 
Block "J" 
during week four as well.

During Week Five I did the tutorial for 

to read that tutorial

I also did the tutorial for 
during Week Five as well.

During week six I did the tutorial for 

for that tutorial.

During week seven 
I did the tutorial for 
Flea Market Flower 
Block "E"

for that tutorial:)

During week seven
 is the tutorial for 
BLOCK "D"...

As well as the tutorial for 
Block "C"

During week eight 
I did the tutorial for 
for that tutorial

I also did the tutorial for 
during that same week 

Last week before today's 
 big finish I did a tutorial 
on how to make this 
cute little label for your quilt.

for that tutorial

I also showed you how I 
prepare and trim up my blocks 
after appliqué so that they
 are ready to sew into the quilt!!

I love how all of these Flea Market fabrics...
the Flea Market Roses wideback
 and the Coral large Vintage Trim 
all go together to finish up the quilt!
if you want to know how I 
bind my quilts and sew the
 Vintage Trim inside if the binding.

I took a lot of pictures of my
 finished quilt so that you could see 
it up close and personal...
and especially see how it looks
 machine quilted and also machine appliqued.

The wind was blowing and it 
blew the corner of the quilt back
 just so that you could see the label!

I could not have 
planned that even if I tried:)

My friend Juli Stubbs quilted it 
and as always she did an amazing job.

I asked her to quilt an overall pattern
 on this one instead of custom quilting it
 and I absolutely love
 the way that it turned out.

The quilting pattern that she used is one of my very favorite and I use it quite often.
It's called Baptist Swirl.

Afterwards I came inside 
and hung it up in my sewing room 
for the closeup shots.

This quilt was really and truly 
a pure joy to make.
I had so much fun with it 
and I hope that you did as well!

Next up...I wanted to 
let you know some exciting news!!
  I have started a new series called 
Sew Simple Shapes 
Each month I am designing 
a new applique block 
using my Sew Simple Shapes.

The block will be released 
within the Riley Blake Designs Newsletter 
that comes to your email 
on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
if you are not yet subscribed 
to the newsletter.

On the third Friday of each month 
I will do a video tutorial 
of that months block on my 
YouTube Channel.
to watch the tutorial 
that I did for this months ReMix Block:)

In the video I also show you 
the next sew along 
that I will be hosting 
here on my blog in August.

The quilt is called 
"My Happy Place" 
and we will be using 
my next fabric collection
 that will be here in July.
The collection is called 
and I show it to you in the video:)

I hope you will be joining me 
for that one as well!

Thank you again from 
the bottom of my heart
for sewing Flea Market Flowers with me!

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