Sewcial Bee Sampler Block #20

Sewcial Bee Sampler Block #20

Can you believe we're finishing the fourth row? Block #20 out of 25 and our sampler quilts are really taking on shape! 

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As we near the end of this incredible journey, my co-host, Maureen Cracknell and I are looking to future collaborations together. The success of the Sewcial Bee Sampler (SBS) has been phenomenal and mostly because of your participation and the remarkable community you've created out of this sew along.  

To help us better understand your future needs in a sew along, Maureen and I have prepared an 8 question survey. This quick questionnaire will give us insight to better serve your needs as a quilter. To ensure the most accurate results, please only take the survey once. The link provided on both our blogs will link to the same survey. So, if you access the questionnaire from either Maureen's site or mine, your answers are compiled to the same place.  

We still have a few new Makers joining our sew along and Maureen and I couldn't be more proud of all the gorgeous blocks and the remarkable community that's being built from this sew along. Anyone just joining us may want to take advantage of the in-blog tutorials for the different patchwork techniques used throughout the Sewcial Bee Sampler. Pick up tips and block variations beginning with the first blog post The Start of Something Sewcial.

Time to get sewing this week's block #20--Irish Chain Variation. Download the free PDf for the blocks on my Sew Along page.

An Irish Chain block is an old design that really shines when multiple blocks are sewn together and a new secondary chain is created. I like the diagonal element this block it brings to our sampler quilt as well as being a great basic block with simple piecing of squares. 

I'm using prints from my Bountiful fabrics collection from Art Gallery Fabrics and deviated from the PDF pattern by adding a third fabric and reducing some of the single squares into rectangles for less piecing. If you'd like to make this variation you will need to cut:

  • (4) 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles fabric A

  • (4) 2-1/2" squares and (8) 1-1/2" squares fabric B

  • (5) 2-1/2" squares and (8) 1-1/2" squares fabric C

Photo by Alexis Wright

Photo by Alexis Wright

To find online shops that carry Bountiful as well my other Art Gallery Fabrics collections, visit my Shop Fabrics page. 

Don't forget that this Friday's Giveaway Friday and this week Maureen be hosting the giveaway from her blog. We've got a great giveaway planned you won't want to miss!