Sewcial Bee Sampler Block #24

Sewcial Bee Sampler Block #24

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This is our second to last block and many of you are wondering about how to put your quilts together and the finishing. Here's the breakdown: Next Wednesday will be our last block release. The following Wednesday (the last week of July) we will post the instructions for Assembling and Finishing your quilt. This will include how to add the sashing, layering the quilt sandwich, and binding. The very first Wednesday of August will be reveal week so everyone can show off their finished quilts, quilt tops, or progress so far. There will be a grand finale prize package on the last Giveaway Friday that will knock your socks off, so stick around, we're almost there!

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As we near the end of this incredible journey, my co-host, Maureen Cracknell and I are thinking about future collaborations. 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 what you're looking for in a future sew along, Maureen and I have prepared an 8 question survey. This quick questionnaire is completely anonymous and your answers will give us better insight into serving your needs as a quilter. To ensure the most accurate results, please only take the survey once. Many thanks to those who've participated in the SBS questionnaire already. If you've not yet had a chance to take the survey, please do, we're only keeping it open now through the end of the SBS sew along and then we'll close the survey. 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.  

I'm not sure how many new Makers we've got joining our sew along at this late point but anyone just starting 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. Both Maureen and I will leave all the SBS downloads up on our blogs for you to download long after this event is done. 

Time to get sewing this week's block #24--Crosses and Losses. Download the free PDf for the blocks on my Sew Along page.

According to The Denver Post, Crosses and Losses was first published December 6, 1931 and credited to Ruby Short McKIm.

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Have to love the add for developing your bust for $1--totally over priced if you ask me! Anyway, back to the block, instead of cutting out the individual shapes for our block like the original pattern, we utilize the 2-at-a-time Half Square Triangle (HST) technique in two different sizes. Refer back to our past tutorial if you need a refresher on how to make your units. We will be making 2-1/2" and 4-1/2" (unfinished) HST units for this block. Be mindful and accurate with your seam allowance for maintaining the points of the units when assembling. 

For my Crosses and Losses block I'm using prints from my Bountiful fabrics collection and Pure Elements solids both from Art Gallery Fabrics and decided to incorporate 4 prints as a variation on the PDF pattern instructions for 3 prints. To find shops that carry my Bountiful fabrics, visit my Shop Fabrics page. If you'd like to make this variation you will need to cut the following:

(2) 2-7/8" squares and (4) 2-1/2" squares fabric A

(1) 4-7/8" square fabric B

(2) 2-7/8" squares fabric C

(1) 4-7/8" square fabric D

I know I've said this before but now that we have 24 blocks done, I can safely say THIS is my favorite block! I think what I like best is how I used the different prints and the scale of the prints to add depth. There's something very pleasing to me about how it all came together with it's contrast and texture.

This last photo was a great op to show off my little (live) succulent plant in the cement pot I got for $1 on clearance. Now that's a better way to spend $1 rather than on bust development!!!!!

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 from Lady Belle Fabrics you won't want to miss!

Week #23 SBS Giveaway

Week #23 SBS Giveaway

Each Friday, throughout the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along community event that Maureen Cracknell and I co-host, we've lined up a special giveaway with one of our amazing participating sponsors! If you happened to miss the launch of our Sewcial Bee Sampler you can follow this link for all the info to start sewing and catch up in chronological order - it's never too late to jump in and the PDF downloads for the the sampler will remain up even after the SBS ends.

TODAY'S FEATURED SEWCIAL BEE SAMPLER SPONSOR IN THE INTREPID THREAD!

With over 15 years of experience in e-commerce, The Intrepid Thread is a family owned business employing five amazingly creative quilters and sewists. Julie, the owner, is dedicated to offering quality quilting fabrics at competitive prices and takes special pride in knowing her customer receive unparalleled service!

SHOP  *  BLOG  *  FACEBOOK * We hope you enjoy visiting The Intrepid Thread! 

For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, Julie, at The Intrepid Thread is offering one lucky winner a fat quarter bundle of these beautifully curated, spectrum of mixed designer prints from Art Gallery Fabrics .

{THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED}

CONGRATULATIONS TO Marianne K FOR BEING THE WINNER OF THE SEWCIAL BEE SAMPLER FABRIC BUNDLE FROM Intrepid Thread!

xxxx Sharon


 

 

Sewcial Bee Sampler Block #23

Sewcial Bee Sampler Block #23

Only two more blocks after this week! Many of you are wondering about how to put your quilts together and finishing. Here's the breakdown: The next two Wednesdays will be blocks and the last Wednesday of July we will post the instructions for Assembling and Finishing your quilt. This will include adding the sashing, layering the quilt sandwich, and binding. The very first Wednesday of August will be reveal week so everyone can show off their finished quilts, quilt tops, or progress so far. There will be a grand finale prize package on the last Giveaway Friday that will knock your socks off, so stick around, we're almost there!

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 what you're looking for in a future sew along, Maureen and I have prepared an 8 question survey. This quick questionnaire is completely anonymous and your answers will give us better insight into serving your needs as a quilter. To ensure the most accurate results, please only take the survey once. Many thanks to those who've participated in the SBS questionnaire already. If you've not yet had a chance to take the survey, please do, we're only keeping it open now through the end of the SBS sew along and then we'll close the survey. 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.  

I'm not sure how many new Makers we've got joining our sew along at this late point but anyone just starting 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. Both Maureen and I will leave all the SBS downloads up on our blogs for you to download long after this event is done. 

Time to get sewing this week's block #23--Friendship Star. Download the free PDf for the blocks on my Sew Along page.

The beautifully simple Friendship Star block is almost the same pattern found in our block #19 Circle of Friends block we all loved (but was a killer amount of pieces, I know!) This week's block will be a breeze to piece! If you need a refresher on how to make 2-at-a-time Half Square Triangle (HST) units, review the tutorial here.

Even though the Friendship Star block is the same size as one of the four sections in Circle of Friends, they look so different when put together in a group of four compared to one block with a wide frame. Fabric placement can also give the blocks a different look, and I decided to only use two fabrics for this week's block just like in the PDF instructions. Both these blocks pictured are made using my Bountiful fabrics for Art Gallery Fabrics and AGF Pure Elements solids.

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

Week #22 SBS Giveaway

Week #22 SBS Giveaway

Each Friday, throughout the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along community event that Maureen Cracknell and I co-host, we've lined up a special giveaway with one of our amazing participating sponsors! If you happened to miss the launch of our Sewcial Bee Sampler you can follow this link for all the info to start sewing and catch up in chronological order - it's never too late to jump in!

TODAY'S FEATURED SEWCIAL BEE SAMPLER SPONSOR IS THE KNOTTED Thread!

Our sponsor the Knotted Thread is run by Jenn, a fabric lover with a passion for sewing! In her shop you'll find both bundles and single cuts of Fat Quarters, Half Yards, Yards, and Yardage, as well as some of Jenn's very own handmade items up for sale!! Designer fabrics include many of our favorites -- Free Spirit, Cotton & Steel, and Art Gallery Fabrics just to name a few! You can visit the Knotted Thread blog to sign up for the new monthly Newsletter, HERE


Shop  *  Instagram  *  Facebook  *  Blog   We hope you enjoy visiting the Knotted Thread!

For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, the Knotted Thread is offering one lucky commenter a $20 Gift Certificate to her wonderful shop!


ENTER TO WIN! 

Maureen and I have taking turns hosting Sewcial Bee Giveaway Fridays, so this week I'm sending you to the Maureen Cracknell Handmade blog to enter!

A BIG thanks to all of you who are joining the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along and to those who enter our Giveaway! 

♡ Sharon