Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler Week 18

The Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along, is now at 18 out of 25 blocks!  This fun online sew along is hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. The block for this week is Square Peg.  (for the free download to make this or the previous blocks, visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog).

It has been my goal with my version of the sampler blocks, to use scraps and to mix colours of the rainbow with low volume fabrics. I am eighteen blocks in on this quilt and still having fun searching through my scrap bins for fun colours and treasured bits to make each block.  I love scrappy quilts!

I decided from the very beginning of this sew along that I would play with the block's design if I could.  Sometimes block design changes were made just for the fun of it, while others were made to allow me to use particular scraps. This week's block underwent a few changes.  First I eliminated the half square triangle units and chose to make a half and full version of flying geese units instead.  It meant fewer seams and the opportunity to use larger scraps. ;o)

I ended up making a couple more changes once I finished sewing my block (you can see my first version of block 18 shown in photo below, while the final version is in the photo above).

I decided to replace a couple of my fabrics for the border when I realized I had mixed up placement of the long and short sections. Ooops! While unpicking the borders, I remembered that I had the key print ( Sandi Henderson print from her Secret Garden fabric line) in another colour way and that it would perfectly compliment the fabrics in my block.  I couldn't help but exchange the border fabrics once I discovered that!  I'm even more pleased with the second version.
You may also notice that just like block 17, I couldn't resist making a pieced square from my low volume fabric scraps.  I like that it adds a little more interest to the block and gives me the opportunity to use up a few more of my tiny scraps.
Sewcial Bee Sampler Blocks 1-18
Pop over to Maureen's blog and Sharon's blog  for all the details in joining this fun,  sew-at-your-own-pace, virtual sew along! If you're on Instagram, you can find all the inspiring blocks that are being made shared under the tag #sewcialbeesampler - although I will warn you, it will be even harder to resist joining in, once you see so many beautiful versions. ;o)


  1. Your scrappy blocks look great!

  2. Don't they look fabulous together! You really must love it, because I do!!!

  3. I love both block versions. And as usual I am drooling over the mosaic of all the blocks you've sewn so far. I never tire of looking at these blocks!

  4. Your collection of blocks is very beautiful.

  5. Your blocks are beautiful! And I really like the changes you've made to this one, especially the pieced center.


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