Thursday, January 10, 2013

Something New Sampler

Amy of The Cute Life has come up with a lovely idea for a new blog hop: the Something New Sampler. The bloggers participating in this event are trying a technique that is new to them and making a 7 x 14" block out of it, all of which can be pieced together to make a sampler quilt or some other project. I personally decided to attempt cathedral windows, and it's been quite the adventure so far. It kind of reminds me of that old Calvin and Hobbes cartoon where Calvin is drinking a glass of milk and says to Hobbes, "Why do we drink COW milk? Who was the guy who first looked at a cow and said, 'I think I'll drink whatever comes out of these things when I squeeze 'em?'" I spent yesterday afternoon cutting and folding and pressing and trimming and re-cutting and folding again and pressing yet again...all the while asking myself, "How on earth did someone ever come up with this idea in the first place?" Don't get me wrong -- the versions I've seen online look gorgeous, and I haven't given up hope yet. But this is definitely something you work on when you have lots of time on your hands. You can see my sneak peek above using chocolate linen and prints from Sarah Watts' gorgeous new line, Timber and Leaf. Now that I'm starting to see it come together, I'm getting a little more excited. Come back on February 4th to see who won -- me or the fabric...

Below you'll find all the details that Amy laid out about this event -- great bloggers, techniques, and prizes to be found here. Check it out!

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Looking for your next project?
Resolved to learn some new sewing skills this year?
Want to win some great prizes?

Then join in the blog hop for The Something New Sampler!

Each week, one or two bloggers will present a block tutorial with an uncommonly used technique. There will be a total of 9 blocks presented. And, just to mix it up, we're going with a funky modern block size - 7" x 14"! We'll have plenty of suggestions on how to use this block shape along the way. There's no need for our modern blocks to always be square :)

Here's our schedule:

Jan 14th
Amy @ | Bargello piecing

Jan 21st
Heidi @ | folding 
Chelsea @ | a scraptastic technique

Jan 28th
Jess @ | sashiko
Lindsay @ | reverse applique

Feb 4th
M-R @ | trapunto
Heidi @ | cathedral windows

Feb 11th
Alyssa @ | pinless curves
Becky @ | machine applique

And stop by the cute life on Fridays for tips and tutorials on how to set these rectangular blocks! Posts will be up on the following dates:
Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15

Be sure to join the flickr group to keep up with the hop, the chatter, and some inspirational photos.

At the end, link up a blog post or flickr photo with anything you've done from the sampler series, even if it's just one block! There are two categories for prizes:

- finished projects, winners will be chosen by popular vote
"finished" includes an entirely completed smaller project, like a pillow, table runner, mini quilt, etc.
pieced quilt tops also count as "finished", even if not quilted

- participation prizes, winners will be chosen by a random number generator
link up any progress you've made!

Prizes for the Something New Sampler

Fort Worth Fabric Studio is an online fabric shop with yardage and some fantastic custom bundles you won't find anywhere else! One of these bundles - the Lagoon bundle - is a prize, and it is centered around Michael Miller's Lagoon line, with 18 fat quarters. You can also sign up for their newsletter to be eligible for a monthly prize. In addition to the bundle, they are also offering a $25 gift certificate.

Cotton Blossom Farm stocks great designer fabrics with plenty of modern options. One great feature of this website is the ability to search through fabrics based on categories such as color - it's just like shopping in a brick and mortar shop! You have the chance to win a set of ten 1/2 yards (of your choosing!!) of Simply Color from them.

Fat Quarter Shop is another online shop that sells yardage and precuts of some of the most popular fabrics. They offer next day shipping and have an incredibly large selection! Fat Quarter Shop also has a great selection of other items, such as books, magazines, and kits. They have generously donated a jelly roll of Paris Flea Market and an Amy Butler pattern for prizes.

Sew Me a Song is an Etsy shop that stocks Japanese and contemporary fabrics. Becca puts together some fabulous bundles of texty prints, polka dots, and - of course! - lots of Melody Miller prints. Don't miss the great collection of Type by Julia Rothman. She has created two custom bundles especially for our sampler event, one with six texty fat quarters and one with eight japanese prints. 


  1. Oh I love the look of Cathedral windows too, but just they are a lot of work aren't they! Love your sneak peek!

  2. Wow you're organised Heidi! I'm still plotting and planning my sashiko ;o)

  3. I love cathedral windows! They ARE time consuming but if you need help, feel free to asked! I'm only experienced with one mini quilt but I could send you the tips I sent to another blogger :) best of luck and can't wait to see it!

  4. Wow-adventurous! I have always admired cathedral windows but been scared! Yours is turning out great! My cousin recently inherited from her husbands grandmother a FULL size quilt, complete with TWO pillow shams, made entirely out of cathedral windows. I about fell out when I saw it-it was stunning!


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