For those of you sewing along in the Summer Sampler series, my block, Horsetail Falls, was emailed out this morning. Here is my version of that block. This block uses a lot of Flying Geese units – which you can see demo’ed in this Flying Geese Tutorial.
You can find out more about the Summer Sampler series, see the other designers, etc. here. You can also follow along with what others are doing in the Summer Sampler Facebook group.
Here are the blocks Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilt has made this summer using the patterns from the weekly series. I LOVE her bright cheerful colors. Can’t wait to see all of the variations on this block. Check out Faith, Lee, and Katie to see theirs! There are some inspiring collections of blocks in a variety of colors and prints by lots of others in the Summer Sampler Facebook group.
In other news, did you know that September is National Sewing Month. (One more reason that September is my favorite month!) To celebrate, Baby Lock is hosting a sweepstakes where they are giving away a Rachel sewing machine – perfect for getting started. (Giveaway open through Sept 30.) There are also some great learning-to-sew resources available including video tutorials.
I am currently sewing on a BabyLock Crescendo and I can’t say enough good things about it. If you are looking to upgrade to a higher-end machine, I highly recommend it. (I was waiting until I had a nice, tidy workspace to snap a picture, but the way things are going, that’s not going to be any time soon. So here’s a nice real-life shot for you.)
One last fun thing to share. (If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, chances are you’ve already seen this.) I have one more fun thing to share: I will be releasing my first fabric collection this coming Spring with Penny Rose Fabrics ( a division of Riley Blake Designs). It all feels a little surreal still – and way far away – but since the storyboards are currently with the fabric reps, I guess it’s official and time to let the cat out of the bag. The collection is called Gingham Girls and it’s based on a part of my childhood. I’ll be sharing more details and previews as it get’s closer next spring. But there ya’ go.