Thursday, January 29, 2015

Summer Tourist Quilt

Summer Tourist Quilt from Sew Organized for the Busy Girl by Heidi Staples
Summer Tourist quilt top, just after I finished it almost exactly a year ago

My new book, Sew Organized for the Busy Girl, is filled with projects that are fairly quick to sew, but I also included a chapter of projects that can be made over a longer period of time. The first project in that section is my Summer Tourist Quilt.

Summer Tourist Blocks from Sew Organized for the Busy Girl by Heidi Staples

I have to tell you... I loved making this quilt. You all know how much I enjoy seeing things in color order, and these blocks just make my heart sing. There are so many memories in here as I look at all the different prints and remember when I bought them and what I've sewn with them. It's such a simple quilt design, but sometimes I think the simplest things are my favorites.

Summer Tourist Quilt block featuring prints by Anna Maria Horner

I've been wanting to make another (possibly larger) version of this quilt for a while, and last month I finally started working on it. This time I'm making the Summer Tourist Quilt: Designer Edition. Instead of focusing on color, each block will be made from fabrics created by a different designer. The first I made was the one above featuring prints by Anna Maria Horner, and I absolutely adore it. These blocks are so much fun to make! Choosing the prints, watching the rainbow appear as I line up the squares -- every time I sew one of these, I get the same rush of happiness. I'll be posting my designer blocks on Instagram as I finish each one, so stay tuned...

11 comments:

  1. Love this quilt! What a fun idea to make blocks by designer. Can't wait to see what you create.

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  2. What a wonderful way to showcase favourite fabrics. I definitely agree that simple is often best.

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  3. I love this quilt. Can't wait for your book to come out!

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  4. Loving your scrappy quilts that make the most of the fabrics. Inspired.

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  5. That's a great idea! Love the eclectic nature. Looking forward to your new book!

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  6. These blocks are fantastic! I particularly like the designer version. Great fussy cutting too!

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  7. This is so fun! I love that block and can't wait to see the rest of the quilt, it's such a great idea.

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  8. I'm with you: I love color order and I love the tidiness and simplicity of small squares sewn together into a bigger block. Beautiful work!

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  9. I absolutely adore this quilt. I've been enjoying your updates on Instagram.
    I can't wait for your book to come out.

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  10. That's a cool twist on the original design. I could totally see Amy butler and Joel dewberry and Denyse and Tula in the same quilt with AMH fabrics.

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