Simple Summer Sampler Quilt Along


It's hard to believe it's almost time for the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City. It starts the first week of July. I always try to do something special to honor the festival and Traverse City as the cherry capital of the world. This year I'm doing something I've never done before! I'm having a summer quilt along!

We'll be making the Simple Summer Sampler quilt which was inspired by an antique quilt. The colors I'm using for my quilt represent the TC area during the summer. The beautiful red and green of the cherries....

and the shimmering white of their blossoms on the trees.


These are some of my fabrics. I've chosen lots of different red print and a creamy white background for my blocks.


You don't have to use these colors to join in on the fun.  Your blocks might be blue and white to represent TC's winter wonderland.


Or you might make scrappy fabric blocks to represent the wonderful blend of people who visit northern Michigan each year.  Make the quilt your own!


The Simple Summer Sampler quilt has 50 pieced blocks, almost all rotary cut and machine pieced, set on point in a 79" x 84" quilt. I may add another border to mine to make it a queen size quilt to use on my bed during the holidays.

Many of you, me included, are still working on the applique for your 1857 Album Quilt. After so many months of applique I felt I needed a break with something pieced but because it's summer here and I'm busy outside enjoying the warm weather, I wanted something simple to work on. The blocks in this quilt are perfect!

  • There is a one time sign up fee of $15
  • Patterns will be posted in the files section of the Simple Summer Sampler Facebook Group. No printed paper patterns will be mailed. If you're absolutely, positively, not a Facebook person, please let me know when you place your order to sign up and I'll see what I can do to accommodate you.
  • The quilt has 50 pieced blocks with a finished size  of 79" x 94"
  • Begins on Thursday July 6, 2017  for 18 weeks. We'll be done before the holidays!
  • We'll make 2 blocks per week during July and August. 4 blocks per week for September and October.
  • This is a mystery project - see rules below ***.
  • You'll receive an invitation to join the Facebook Group within a 2 days after paying the sign up fee. 
  • Fabric requirements and quilt layout will be available in group files for planning purposes. 

*** Because this is a mystery project; by signing up you promise not to share patterns or post pictures of your blocks on any social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Instragram, etc. ) platform, including your blog until after November 1st.  The patterns will be available to download until Dec. 31st.

I do hope you'll share your blocks as you get them completed in the Simple Summer Sampler Facebook group. It's always inspiring to see everyone's interpretation of a design and encourage each other as we work on the blocks.


This is the first time I've done a quilt along like this and hope you'll join me. I think you'll be really pleased with this quilt. I'm in love with it and I wish I had the time to make it in all of the fabric options I've mentioned. I know I'm sticking with the red and white for my blocks but using the green for the sashing is up for discussion. I may use my background fabric as the sashing for a sparkling two color quilt. You'll have to join in to see what I decide. There will be pictures of the quilt layout in the files section of the Facebook group so you can play around with different ideas.

Sign up ends - July 1st!


Come on.............let's have some simple summer sampler quilt fun!


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1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 59 – 60 – 61


Well friends, we're almost finished with this quilt! There are three blocks this month and you'll receive the final 3 next month. I've been busy thinking about what we'll do next. Not to worry - I have a plan! I'll share all the details with you very soon. Let's take a look at today's blocks -

Block 59


This block was made by E. Campbell


The block has some nice details like embroidered stems.


and a cute little red bird.


And............. then there's this brown birdie. He's a little on the crazy side with a red berry in his mouth. Zoom in on him and you can see all of the applique and embroidery covering his unusual shape. Was this one of those designs that just went wrong and our quilter kept adding things to him in hopes of making him look realistic? I'd be tempted to use a reverse image of the red bird or broderie perse in this block.


Block 60


This block is signed - Father


This block would traditionally be a pieced block but as you can see, each triangle, the base and handle were appliqued.


Block 61


There was once a beautiful cross stitch signature on this block. I've stared at it for a long time and can't figure out what it might have said. Sometimes I think I see the word "Love" but that's probably wishful thinking.


This is such a sweet block. The pattern page has a full size picture so you can find the perfect fabric to use. The original block used two sizes of three leaf clusters. I think it's a great block.


That's it for today. I'm on the road as the summer commutes have started. If you need to get in touch with me the best way is to use one of the "contact" links on the web site. I'm only in the office 3 days a week during the summer.
A newsletter went out today too so if you're not on the mailing list you're missing out on lots of news and quilty things. There's a link to join the mailing list in the right sidebar.


The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 18


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1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 56 – 57 – 58


It's a three block day today for the first day May. I'm a pretty big fan of all of today's blocks. They're not too difficult but each one is unique in both design and style. There's always something to keep us interested in this fantastic quilt.

I'm heading to the cottage this week to turn on the water for the season and get the hummingbird feeder out. I don't think the cherry trees will be in bloom yet but I'm hoping for some trillium in the woods.


Block 56


This adorable block is signed by Julia Jones in tiny cross stitches.

Check out the petals around the center circle. The papers Julia used to prepare her petals are still there. It took every ounce of willpower I could muster not to take a pair of tweezers and pull out a few of those papers just to see what they say!

 Block 57


The fantastic block was made by R.A. Brink.

There are so many amazing details in this block I don't know where to begin. We've got some cute chain stitched little feet on this eagle.

The outside edges of the eagle are are embellished with more chain stitch embroidery.
The crest on the eagle really puzzles me. I don't understand the large stitches in the very light colored thread. Did someone just baste those in to define what was the original crest? The embroidery on it is done in a red and blue chain stitch. I've given what I believe to be the outline on the pattern and also where it was divided into stripes. It's so cool!

The eagle's eye appears to have been embroidered in red. Check out the star banner! I first thought it was missing the fabric but by looking closely at the threads you can see it was embroidered on the very outside with blue chain stitch embroidery.

There was a second row of chain stitch right next inside of the blue worked in red and the lettering was also embroidered in red. I can't wait to see your versions of this block!

 Block 58


This block was made by Aunt Martha.

Pick a great yellow and green - add the red embroidery details. You'll have this  block done in no time at all!

I think that's it for today. We're on the home stretch here so I'm thinking about what project to do next. Watch the newsletter -- I may send out a survey to see what sounds good to everyone. I'm thinking we may need a break from all the applique but I have another fantastic quilt waiting in the wings and...........I haven't had time to design anything of my own to share in a long time either so there's lots to think about. My goal is to share something that will make you excited about your quilting each and every day!


The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 17


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