*the giveaway has ended*
My dear friend AnneMarie Chany has a brand new book out and boy is it pretty!! It is full of great block patterns to make the most interesting samplers. I think my favorite blocks might be her inverse pattern blocks. You can see an example of those in the bottom pictures of the picture below. She’s played with color placement to change how you see a block pattern and it’s completely genius. I’ve done that on occasion but she’s been playing with the concept for a couple years now.
Fons & Porter/F+W; $19.99
Her color schemes in the book are bright and juicy, so there is lots of eye candy. But for my stop on the blog hop I wanted to try something a little different. It’s actually totally out of MY comfort zone. I’m more familiar with choosing colors like AnneMarie did. But life is about growing right? So I tackled her Moon & Star block with some different fabrics.
I couldn’t resist a block with curves!
And I wanted to try a new to me way to trimming HSTs! Someone mentioned it on Instagram, that instead of trimming the square while it was pressed open. To instead, trim it while it is still in triangle shape (before you press it open).
I’m not sure I got the best picture of exact measurements here, but this is what it looked like while I trimming. You can see the seam along the diagonal side. It is sewn together there. And I am trimming the side and top edges to square it up BEFORE I press it open.
It worked like a charm! I think I’ll do that from now on. Only two sides to trim instead of four!!
And didn’t the colors and patterns turn out fun?! Definitely a departure for me. I’m working on using prints for the background rather than a solid. And this tiny beautiful floral by Kim Kight from Cotton and Steel was too pretty to ignore. I picked my other fabrics around that.
If I’m being totally honest then I would say that I *might* change the coral color to a lighter one to better balance with the light pink. But that is part of my learning curve here. I’m still struggling to find balance with a block of all prints and wanting to really see the beautiful design of the block. It’s such a great design AnneMarie!
And if you’ve read along so far, then now is your chance to get in on the giveaway. One lucky reader will have a chance to own their very own copy of AnneMarie’s book Sister Sampler Quilts.
To enter, simply leave a comment below. I’d love to know what your feelings are on samplers. I personally struggle with them and my only UFO’s left are all Sampler Quilts. I just cannot figure out what to do! I get tired of a typical sashing and all the blocks square. I’d love something different. Do you love them? hate them? Never tried one? Have a great finish you can share? Let me know!!
Congratulations to the Lucky Winner!