Thursday, February 11, 2016

Have A Little Faith, Week Four, Fear Not

I really liked last week's block, The Messengers. It came together so easily....... here is our new block for this week, Fear Not.

A little four-square piecing, a little framing, a little square in a square.... this block has a LOT of technique built into it. But fear not; the instructions are clear and easy to follow. If we just take it one step at a time, we'll finish with a 5.5" block.

The last page in the instructions tells us that this particular block was called Friday the 13th. The pattern maker chose this block especially because it fit with the theme: Fear Not.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Starting Feb. 14, 2016

Oh Boy! do I have some fun news for you!

If you are a frequent peruser on Facebook, or perhaps belong to one of Pat Sloan's groups, you may have been hearing about a new project which is about to begin, The Splendid Sampler.

This is going to be a FREE Block of the Every Couple of Days quilt project, open to everyone. Free.

Every Sunday and Thursday, a new block will be released for you to copy, download or print. Every form of quilt making will be featured as well; piecing, applique, embroidered, English Paper-piecing, Foundation Paper-piecing. It's all in here.

"So, what do I need to have to make these blocks?"

I can't tell you! It's a Mystery! But Pat said they will be featuring fabric used by the designers of these blocks in up-coming articles.

"Hang on... how can possibly start a quilt that's going to look good when I don't what I need to make it!?"

There is a page for that, here, which will give you SOME guidance but not tell you exactly what to do, which is GREAT! This is a sampler quilt and nobody outside of the team knows where we're going. We're all just 'along for the ride!"

"BUT I CAN'T JUST......."

Yes, yes you CAN....... here is one more page to give you a littttttllleeee more help.

The only thing I can tell you, (which I learned from reading all the pages), is Pat recommends gathering 30-35 fat quarters. How you choose to arrive at the selection really depends on your stash or desire! And IF you choose to unify those FQs with one single background choice, she says to get at least 2 yards of background to be safe (if it's not a constant bolt, like a Kona solid, you might want to bump that up to 2.5 yards)

SO......... ARE YOU IN?!!!!! 

Great!     First thing to do is go HERE and sign up. There is no fee... just submit your email address and confirm when you receive a follow-up email.

 If you wish to join the Facebook page set up just for this 'event', you may go HERE and hit the JOIN button.

All set? GOOD! Now, once you have collected what you THINK is going to be your selection, head over here for a fun! fast! free! pattern, the  Folding Block Station, which is a cute, easy-to-carry pressing mat, design board and pocket to carry you 6.5" x 6.5" ruler.

And that is your final 'clue'.... these blocks are all going to measure an easy 6.5" square.

Check back with Bright Hopes Quilting to see future happenings with the Splendid Sampler.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Have a Little Faith Week Three

Here we go with Week Three, The Messengers.

This block will be available until Feb. 18.

 If you are just now joining our pattern series, don't worry about the blocks that you've missed. At the end of the pattern series, we'll make a CD available for purchase with the patterns for all of the blocks and setting instructions.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Learn Paper Piecing with Bright Hopes Quilting

We're going to set this video on a stand-alone post here on the blog so if anyone needs to find it for future reference, they can more easily do so.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Voila! Moda Sampler Block Shuffle Setting Pattern

Ok, your waiting is over.... here are the final instructions to pull all your blocks together

I am so sorry it took this long to figure out the coding issue but I am going to leave this up on the blog for a full week to give people a chance to download, save or print out these instructions. 

 Thank you so much for bearing with me as I bumbled my way through this process. 

 As a real treat, I am now posting Georgia's completed quilt top. As you can see, she has NOT used the color scheming as in the setting instructions, above, but rather made it her own unique way without the flying geese borders.

We look forward to seeing what YOU make of the blocks you have been creating!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

More Sampler Block Shuffle Examples!

The top two shots are from Georgia; Weeks 8 & 9.

 She has been using all batiks to make her blocks and they really look great altogether.

These two sets are Chris' and she is using Kaffe Fassett fabrics with a neutral background and shot cottons.

Ok, so on Thursday you will get the last set of block instructions and there is another appliqué in there. If you have been keeping up with all the flying geese blocks as well, you will be prepared to pull it all together next week when we post the setting instructions.

Now, keep in mind, you can always make changes and set your blocks any way you like. We look forward to seeing what you have made with these nifty little 6" blocks.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Moda Sampler Blocks from Week Six

These blocks were so much fun to make and they went really fast, even the little appliqué block.

Georgia's Batiks

Chris' Kaffe Fassetts