A Sampler Travel Quilt + Projects for the Journey (+ Sew-Along Alert!)

Start with a travel-inspired sampler quilt; then veer off the beaten path by making nine companion projects with a wanderlust vibe.

Follow Your Heart

Famed designer Terry Atkinson acts as tour guide in her latest book, Follow Your Heart, laying the foundation for a fun sewing journey!

Nine quilts, runners, bags, and more—all based on blocks from the sampler quilt—promise adventurous escapes, excursions, and escapades at your sewing machine. Even if you don’t want to travel farther than your sewing room, you’ll love choosing to follow your heart.

From Follow Your Heart

Terry’s projects are great for beginners and beyond. And if you’ve ever made something with her, you know that her unique teaching style makes learning fun. Plus, guess what? You can learn all you need to know by joining her Follow Your Heart Quilt-Along—here’s Terry to tell you more!

Terry AtkinsonHi there, it’s Terry Atkinson from Atkinson Designs. You may not know me, but you may have heard of Yellow Brick Road, one of my most popular quilt patterns. I’ve been designing quilting and sewing patterns for over 25 years, and I love to find shortcut ways to sew everything. Whether it’s quilts, bags, or home-decorating projects, I enjoy sharing those shortcuts with you!

My love of sewing started when I was young. I took my first sewing class as a child so that I could make doll clothes on my mom’s Featherweight machine. I’ve been sewing ever since. These days, you’ll find me (and my mom’s Featherweight) traveling around the country with my husband in our Airstream camper.

City Streets quilt
City Streets from
Follow Your Heart

From Follow Your HeartI’m so excited to combine my lifelong love of sewing with my love of travel. Traveling and inspiration go hand in hand for me. I find inspiration all around me wherever I go. Whether it’s the colors in the evening sky, the variety of greens in the forest, or the shapes of the buildings in a city, inspiration is everywhere.

Follow Your Heart is the result of that inspiration. The blocks in the sampler quilt are as different from each other as the places my husband and I have visited, and they were inspired by some of our favorite experiences—so far! In addition to the blocks and sampler quilt, I’ve included lots of other projects. There are many different fun techniques to try. Can you tell that I have a short attention span and like variety?

The view looking straight up to the top of some really tall pine trees inspired the Circle Pines block in the sampler quilt:

Circle Pines quilt block

The Tennessee Two Tone block was inspired by the music we’ve heard and the arrows we’ve seen along the way.

Tennessee Two Tone quilt block

The Evening Sky quilt captures the layered clouds and colors just before sunset:

Evening Sky quilt

And of course you need bags for your stuff when you travel, so I included a tote and an easy zipper pouch too.

Follow Your Heart has been a joy to create. Come and take a trip with me! Join me for the Follow Your Heart Sew-Along (begin anytime!) and we’ll make the sampler quilt together. Get started with my tips for fabric selection over at facebook.com/atkinsondesigns. (Look for the Follow Your Heart #1 post: Choosing Fabrics.) I’ll post a video lesson for each block as we travel along together. See you there!

Follow Your HeartTerry, your book and your quilt-along sure look like a fun journey to take!

We’ve got a brand-spankin’-new copy of Follow Your Heart to give away to one winner today! To be automatically entered into the drawing, tell us:

What kind of quilting do you do when you travel?

  • I always have a hand-sewing project at the ready.
  • I take along my favorite quilt books to read!
  • I like to sketch, draw, and dream.

Share your answer in the comments! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Good luck, and happy travels this summer!

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