Saturday, November 21, 2020

Sampler Sew Along

Get ready for some fun! The Schoolgirl Sampler Sew Along Facebook group is now open. We'll begin the sew along in January. It's a closed group for those who have the book and want to sew along with us and see the progress of others. Join here if you have the book. You can always jump in at any time after you get the book. Each week I'll post suggestions for making the blocks in the group files. (I'll probably post suggestions here too and also in my other small quilt group but you will miss out on the sewing together part so it won't be like a sew along at all. It will be a sew ALONE . . . .)

If you're used to making larger quilts, my sampler book includes lots of tips for making small blocks  I think you'll find it's an enjoyable project and the 4" block patterns can also be used to make a variety of little quilts or other quilted items.  I know some of you will love doing this sew along. Sewing along with others and sharing your progress really motivates you to make these larger projects. I may sew along on my Dear Jane quilt while the rest of you make these sampler blocks.

If you would like to purchase a book, I have signed copies available on my website and in my Etsy shop. Amazon also has copies. My publisher Martingale has copies and your local quilt shop may have copies too. If they don't, ask them to order it for you and you can save on shipping. International friends -  Sorry, I am not shipping outside the U.S. Try Amazon in your country. Someone told me you can purchase a book from The book Depository. Apparently, they ship worldwide. If they're out of stock, don't worry, they'll be ordering more within a short time so put your name on the list. Also, Martingale has e-books available which is a great option for those who live outside the U.S. Just download to your computer or tablet and print out the pages as needed. Also, much cheaper.

I'm working with a few quilt shops to supply the group with a variety of reproduction fabrics for making these little blocks. My quilt was made using 72 blocks and if you want to use a different fabric for each block, then you'll need a nice variety of scraps or prints.  I made many of the blocks from scraps or fabrics I already had but also bought some new fabrics - just because, LOL. Pretty prints are fun and motivating for sure. Some shops to try - 

Ye Olde Schoolhouse in Cedarburg, Wisconsin
 Pieceful Gathering in Fox River Grove, IL
The Quilt Merchant in Winfield, IL
Two Thimbles in  Bellingham, WA
The Woolen Needle in Williamsburg, Iowa

These shops are all providing nice fabrics, bundles or starter kits to make the sampler quilt. Some also have kits available to make the smaller quilts in the book. 

Ye Olde Schoolhouse has some kits available for quilts in my other books. 

We'll also be doing another Mystery Quilt next year in my online groups. A very simple, scrappy quilt with easy blocks that will be posted each month. I'll also post the different parts on my website again so check back here for info on that. 

Have a good weekend!


Monique D said...

Dommage que cela se passe sur facebook car je ne m'inscris à aucun réseau social. J'ai trois livres (Small & Scrappy, A Prairie Journey et Schoolgirl Sampler). En effet, j'aime beaucoup tes ouvrages ainsi que le tissus mais là aussi j'en ai qui pourrait servir.

Binsa said...

Hi Kathleen I purchased the ebook for my kindle from Amazon US when I go to the site to download the patterns it comes up site temporarily unavailable please advise Regards Lyn

Kathleen Tracy said...

Binsa - Sorry, no idea. Try contacting amazon support. I don't work for them so have no idea how to fix problems with downloads.

Yvonne said...

Your book is a hit in the Netherlands, Dutch quilters love it!

Lily Allen said...
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Binsa said...

Thank you Kathleen I have decided to purchase the book as well.Also,a huge thank you to you for organising the sew along.Really Looking forward to it