Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Sampler For All Seasons

Reminder: WIP Wednesday is on Christmas break! It will be back on Jan. 4.

I would like to briefly interrupt your Christmas planning to bring you a bit of summer in December—My Summer Sampler quilt is complete! : )

My mother-in-law had hip replacement surgery last Friday. The surgery had been scheduled for January, which I thought would be good timing for me to make her a quilt. When a spot opened up for her to have the surgery earlier, I thought I might not be able to manage it, because I was already so busy. But then I realized, I had the perfect quilt for her, and it was already very much in progress ... my Summer Sampler!

The top and the back were already done, so all I really had to do was quilt it and bind it. But of course, I can never leave well enough alone or make anything easy for myself. I immediately decided that the current size was too small to be useful, and I wanted to make it bigger. So between Wednesday and Monday, I took the borders off the original top, made eight additional sampler blocks and added them, put new borders on, added to the back to get it up to size, basted it, quilted it, and bound it. Whew!

When I decided to add the extra blocks, I wanted to find and choose new block designs quickly, so all of the pictures in the Summer Sampler Flickr group were invaluable to me. Many of my new blocks were inspired by the extra blocks that some of you made. I love Claudia's beautiful red and aqua quilt, and the additional blocks she chose were brilliant, so many of my new blocks came straight from her quilt. Thank you, Claudia, for inspiring me! : )

Here are the blocks I added:

Another Star of Virginia (tutorial here)

Another Greek Cross (tutorial here), but I changed up the colors/values to give it this octagon shape

This fun star-within-a-star block


My version of the Diamond Chip block, from Sarah Fielke's book Quilting From Little Things, as seen on Monica's Happy Zombie blog

Snowblossoms block (free paper-piecing pattern available here)

Another HST-type block

This cute star variation

So here's how the top started out, before the extra blocks ...

And here again is my refashion/completion.

And my MIL seems to just love the quilt. She said it's beautiful work, cheerful colors, and that she will "treasure it for the rest of her life." Wow! She's a very practical woman who isn't at all prone to exaggeration, so that was a wonderful compliment coming from her and really made me feel great. I'm so glad she can enjoy it while she's recovering.

So, that's one major thing off my list. I've also got our Christmas decorations up and made excellent progress on my Secret Santa Twitter Swap item, so I am feeling a lot less stressed today! Score one (or several) for me.

Quilt Stats:
Size: 60" x 74"
Design: From the Summer Sampler Series Quilt-Along, hosted by Kate, Faith, and myself, plus eight extra blocks. For tutorials for the original 12 blocks, click here.
Fabric: Various lines/prints, with background in Kona White
Quilting: Free-motion stippling by me on my home machine
Back: Various lines/prints


81 comments:

  1. score several for you is right! it is beautiful! i am so glad she loves it, i do too! what a kind and and cheerful gift for her.

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  2. Yay for summer in December!! (for those of us in the northern hemisphere anyways). The quilt is beautiful, and I love the additional blocks.

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  3. Wow! That was a well-deserved compliment from your MIL.

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  4. Lee, you are soooo talented! I love the blocks you added and am so impressed with your work in such a small deadline! Way to go!

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  5. Beautiful work, Lee. Great ideas to make it larger. I'm sure your MIL will treasure it during her recuperation! All the best to her!

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  6. Gorgeous quilt. Right decision to make it larger. Love the quilting on it and so glad it has been well received.

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  7. Holy cow you are a crazy woman to rip apart and add more blocks in that short amount of time!!! But, it looks beautiful. I am sure it will be greatly appreciated!

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  8. Your quilt is just gorgeous! I can't believe you added (fuzzymath) 40% and quilted and bound it in half a week! Go you! :)

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  9. Beautiful! I am sure your MIL will love it.

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  10. Fabulous. What a great DIL you are.

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  11. I love the colors! I am seeing lots of quilts with a variety of blocks, which makes them truly unique. Continue the great work. I do have a Q. How do you get your quilts to look crinkly? Do you not pre-wash your fabrics, just wondering.

    I scheduled my WIP post to "post" at midnight. Then all morning I was looking for your WIP post thinking, "Where is it?". Just now found out it's on vacation, I feel stupid. Anyway. Will link up when you get back on Jan 4th.


    @pril
    KoolBeenz-blog.blogspot.com

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  12. Beautiful quilt! I am sure your MIL will love it@ Thanks for sharing.

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  13. very nice quilt - sounds like MIL was pleased with it.
    Karen

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  14. I love it! Gorgeous work as usual. ;)

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  15. Love it! The colors all look so perfect together.

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  16. I can`t tell you HOW much I love this quilt - it is exquisite.

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  17. You are a quilting wizard!! This looks fabulous and your dear MIL would be mad not to love it too!

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  18. It's beautiful! So cool - and glad your MIL loves it!!

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  19. congratulations, the quilt is so beautiful!!!!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente - Germany

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  20. I love your work, Lee. So fresh and clean. I would love this quilt too!

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  21. I can't believe you did all that extra work, brilliant! a beautiful quilt :)

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  22. Oh wow, that quilt is stunning, no wonder she's going to treasure it!

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  23. It's too beautiful. I love how you show us all the squares too.
    I did have to go back to the top of the post to see why no linky. Now I know there won't be one until after the new year :)

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  24. Wow - beautiful sampler! I forgot no linky too... Oh well - here's to a wonderful holiday season everyone! See you in the new year!

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  25. What a beautiful sampler and a wonderful gift to your MIL!

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  26. Love it! What a great sampler. I've never tried one, and now I'm inspired.

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  27. Just gorgeous! I really love the little pinwheels.

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  28. That is simple wonderful!! LOVE those extra blocks! I am sure it will brighten up your mom's day!!

    **Bows to the quilting goddess of awesomeness!**

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  29. You have done a fabulous job! It looks better each time you look at it and that is one of my acid tests! I'm glad your MIL is pleased too, that is probably one of your bigger tests! Phew?!! Great work!!! Way to Go!!!!

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  30. Such a beautiful quilt...wishing your MIL a speedy recovery.

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  31. I love the quilting on this- it looks so crinkly and cozy! Even though you are not doing WIP Wednesday this week, I was motivated to get something accomplished just thinking about it- thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. Beautiful work! I'm sure she will treasure it! The blocks are so varied, and the colors are so cheery. Looks like the perfect thing to "help" her recover, and to remind her she is loved.

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  33. I love, love, love, love, Love this quilt! It just sings! I hope your mother-in-law heals quickly and comfortably as she enjoys this beauty!

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  34. Love the blocks you added, especially your take on the Greek Cross block!

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  35. It looks great! What makes it even better is how much she loves it!

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  36. Oh my, I love your quilt. I really like that you made it bigger. I want to do the summer sampler but I can't really make small quilts anymore. My husband wants me to start making bed size quilts so I have to look at all the patterns I like and make them bigger : )
    P.S. I really love your new profile picture.

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  37. This is one very beautiful quilt! Well done. Love all the different designs and the bright colours against the white.

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  38. I'm still trying to get over the shock of knowing you made & added all those extra blocks, bordered, sandwiched, quilted and bound BETWEEN WEDNESDAY AND MONDAY. Hello, new superhero of quilting!! Congratulations, it is a stunning quilt. How gratifying to have such a heartfelt response from your mother in law (no matter how strong her painkillers are)hehe. No really, what more can a quilter ask for? sweet.

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  39. It is a wonderful quilt and it says a lot that you would do all of that work for your MIL. She must be a special lady. You must have worked night and day to finish that. You deserve a rest. Happy Holidays!

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  40. This is gorgeous Lee, fab job and beautiful gift

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  41. Lee it is stunning!! Your MIL is quite right to treasure it!! Love the extra blocks too :) Thanks for the bit of Summer, I needed it today!

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  42. What a lucky MIL!!! Wow! I love all the extra blocks you added, they look super fantastic! How sweet of you to make her a get-well quilt, you're such a good daughter-in-law :) I keep meaning to email you and life keeps getting in the way this week - hope all is well with you!

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  43. The new, big version is even more fab than the first. Really like how it all plays together!

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  44. oh it's really beautiful! your MIL is really lucky.

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  45. Congratulations for your absolutly great great Quilt!!! It looks soooo beautiful; I like your new version much better than the original. And so much work in such a short time. Respect! A generous gift.
    By the way, I`m still quilting...
    Silke

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  46. I just love how all the colours come together so beautifully. What a very luck MIL. Jacinta

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  47. Your summer quilt is REFRESHING! It is a bright & cheerful quilt and will be well received by your MIL! :)

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  48. Oh my goodness, I love the mix of beautiful blocks! And your fabrics choices are perfect!

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  49. It's a beautiful finish!!! I'm so glad your MIL loved it. I loved seeing the original flimsy and the new and improved version. Way to go!!

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  50. Gorgeous! I am sure you are your mil's favorite now.

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  51. Wow, super impressive Lee, I can't believe you just whipped out all those extra blocks! way to go! It looks awesome and that's great that she loves it :)

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  52. What a happy summery quilt! Great work! How could anyone NOT love this quilt????

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  53. Wow that is a beauty and quite a lovely gift.....I bet she was more than happy that you
    showered her with this labor of love.

    Great colors and the quilting is just the perfect
    addition.

    Happy sewing, oh doesn't it feel good to give a quilt a loving home?

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  54. This is truly one of the prettiest samplers that I've ever seen!

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  55. Wonderful Lee! Congratulations on the finish. So glad your MIL loves it.

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  56. It's really just stunning! I'd love to find the time to do one of these, must be fun to focus on the different blocks.

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  57. Your Sampler is wonderful! Glad your MIL loves it!!

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  58. I love the color and fabric choices for this quilt. They make it perfect and it's obvious that your design skills influenced the impressive look. Congratulations on the finished quilt!

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  59. Lee, it's gorgeous! Could you please tell me, on the red/aqua block that you list as another HST block, how did you do the math to figure out what you needed? Or could you point me to a tutorial? I'm still new to quilting and trying to learn how to think about this sort of thing intuitively, but I'm not there.

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  60. Lee, this is truly amazing! I loved the original, but the additions made it even better! My first really big quilt was a sampler, which I hand-quilted, and it took me years, so I swore them off (even though I adore it). But all summer i was tempted, and after seeing this, I think I'm going to have to go back and start one of these in the spring...and maybe it will be finished by the end of next summer! Your colors are fantastic - I really love the way it turned out!

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  61. um.. yeh.. that quilt is uh-mazing!!!! I LOVE IT! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!!!

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  62. Yep, I am with you all the way with
    quilts too small to be useful,

    you did great... in design and time....

    I like quilts on my bed or couch not on the wall.

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  63. It looks so great, Lee! I love your additions. I've got seriously like 2 blocks to finish, but I got so busy mine got set to the side. You have completely inspired me to get mine out and finish it. Really, another great one. I know exactly why your Mother-in-law loves it.

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  64. This is one of my all time favorite quilts...

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