Mini-sampler quilt-along starts today – come sew with us!

It’s kickoff day for our Mini-Sampler Quilt-Along from Sheryl Johnson’s book Temecula Quilt Company—Quirky Little Quilts! 👏👏👏

We’re thrilled that so many of you said that you’ll be joining us in this post and on Facebook and Instagram. Let’s get started!

Temecula Quilt Company - Quirky Little QuiltsEach week through the end of April, we’ll be sharing pics of people’s progress on our Facebook and Instagram. And we invite you to share your pics too! Use the hashtag #QuirkyLittleQuiltsQAL when posting photos of your progress so everyone can see, swoon, and share. Including the hashtag will also automatically enter you into a random drawing for sweet fabric goodies from industry partners AND five books of your choice from Martingale!

Here’s who will be quilting along with us:

Sheryl Johnson, author of Temecula Quilt Company—Quirky Little Quilts
Follow Sheryl: Blog | Facebook | Instagram (@temeculaquiltco)
(Sheryl will be sharing several posts about the inspiration behind the quilts in her book—check out her first post here!)

Karen Soltys, Content Director at Martingale
Follow Martingale: Facebook | Instagram (@martingaletpp)

Jennifer Keltner, Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer at Martingale
Follow Jennifer: Instagram (@jkeltner)

Susan Ache, author of Start with Strips and Countdown to Christmas
Follow Susan: Instagram (@yardgrl60)

Scott Hansen, contributing designer to The Splendid Sampler
Follow Scott: Instagram (@bluenickelstudios)

Beth Kovich, Author Liaison/Content Support Specialist at Martingale
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Laurie Baker, Acquisitions and Development Editor at Martingale
Follow Laurie: Instagram (@quiltbaker)

Shoofly Sampler quiltAnd here’s a schedule of the blocks we’ll be sewing each week (pick up a print book or eBook copy of Quirky Little Quilts to get the patterns on pages 40–45):

• Week 1 (March 25–30): Shoofly blocks
• Week 2 (March 31–April 6) Nine Patch blocks
• Week 3 (April 7–13): Birds in the Air blocks
• Week 4 (April 14–20): Old Favorite blocks
• Week 5 (April 21–27): Finished quilts

We’ll be sharing participants’ progress daily on Facebook and Instagram. And each Friday we’ll be sharing peeks at the quilt-along right here at Stitch This! But since this is kickoff day, let’s see how Martingale’s content director Karen Soltys is coming along with her Shoofly blocks!

Fabric selection
Karen says, “For a vintage feel, I started with some oldies but goodies from my fabric stash (the earliest selvage says 1997). Then I added in a few newer Jelly Roll strips.”

Sewing units
“Here’s a tip: when making half-square-triangle units, lay the sewn pieces with the light fabrics on the bottom. Press the top triangle open, and the seams will always be pressed toward the dark fabrics.”

Half-square triangles
“How cute are these tiny triangle squares? Each one finishes at just 1¼". But that means the seams are really short so the sewing goes quickly!”

Shoofly blocks
“Week one is done! Three little Shoofly blocks. They were so much fun, I wanted to keep going!”

Do you have your copy of Quirky Little Quilts? Have you chosen your fabrics? Have you started sewing? Let us know in the comments; then grab your copy of the book, choose your fabrics, and get your sewing machine ready to quilt along with us!


23 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I just learned about this today!! I want to join!! I guess I need to order the book!!! 🙂 I don’t want to be left behind in the dust. Ha Ha

    Welcome, Diane – still plenty of time to join in! –Jenny

    Diane Nagle on March 25, 2019
  • Love your fabrics! Great tip!

    —Jackie Hale on March 25, 2019
  • I just finished my shoofly blocks! They are so tiny and so cute! This will be a fun mini quilt!

    The blocks are adorbs, aren’t they, Iaci! So glad you are sewing along with us! –Jenny

    —Iaci Flanders on March 25, 2019
  • Have vowed not to buy any more books, but love miniature quilts. I am looking
    forward to making this quilt with others who share my passion. I need this book.

    Barbara Blanchard on March 25, 2019
  • This is such a fun project! I want to add this book to my collection and make some of the projects

    —Marilyn Snow on March 25, 2019
  • I got my book and plan to start later this week when I get home from the Lancaster quilt show

    Glad to hear it, Diane – sounds like a wonderful trip! –Jenny

    —Diane on March 25, 2019
  • I am excited to start this project! I have the book and now am picking out fabrics so I can get started making the Shoo-fly blocks!

    Great, Ellen – thanks for playing along with us and welcome! –Jenny

    —Ellen Busch on March 25, 2019
  • I just saw this and ordered the book paperback and kindle. Going to choose my fabrics now. 🙂
    I love your little quilts!

    Wonderful – thanks for joining us, Karen! –Jenny

    —Karen Bush on March 26, 2019
  • I hope there will be some tips regarding accurate piecing. Sometimes I do everything right I think), and my block comes out wonky or a bit too small or too big. I recently did a BOM from Paula Barnes and her instructions sometimes had directions to oversize things, then trim to the correct size. Pressing tips are great too!


    Hi Gayle, Sheryl does include tips in the book, and she’ll also be covering those tips in her next blog post about the quilt-along this Monday – you can visit her blog here. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Gayle Broome on March 26, 2019
  • I made my blocks today and they went together quickly. I love batiks and chose some of those from my stash. Thinking I may go with solid black instead of blue background. I am not on social media, but I will be able to read the comments.

    So glad you’re on board, Nancy – you can also view people’s posts about the quilt-along at this link on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/quirkylittlequiltsqal/?hl=en
    Hope this helps! –Jenny

    —Nancy McClelland on March 26, 2019
  • I LOVE this little quilt! And the fabrics. Would love to win some, but if I don’t, I have lots of repros in a drawer!

    Gladys on March 26, 2019
  • Thanks for the link to Instagram, Jenny! I will be able to view others now.

    Great! This is our first time hosting a quilt-along like this and we are learning as we go – thank you for your comment and your understanding! –Jenny

    —Nancy McClelland on March 26, 2019
  • Have the book and will get started in a couple of days. Love those quilts in the book! Loved visiting Sheryl’s shop not long ago!

    —Donna on March 26, 2019
  • Just finished my Shoo Fly blocks and posted them on the Facebook site. What cute little blocks these are, I’m having so much fun!!

    They are adorable, Diane – thanks for posting and can’t wait to see your blocks next week too! –Jenny

    Diane Nagle on March 26, 2019
  • Was going to start tomorrow —then a very good friend died an hour ago; will be starting tonight. Sewing, quilting will help me deal with my loss.

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss, Leah – it’s so important to find comfort in times of sorrow, and sometimes sewing can be just the thing. Sending our thoughts your way. –Jenny

    —Leah on March 26, 2019
  • I made a small trip around the world (close) about 20 years ago but a true bargello has long been on my bucket list. I would love some tips on how to choose fabrics.

    —Enid on March 27, 2019
  • I ordered this book as soon as it was released but haven’t made anything yet. A mini quilt-a-long is just the incentive I need to get going! Thank you

    —Donna on March 28, 2019
  • LOVE this book and quilt-along! I’m also cutting out blocks for a friends as I go.

    —Kyra Franz on March 29, 2019
  • How many blocks should we make a week?

    Hi Cheri, just follow the pattern for the Shoofly Sampler in the book – Sheryl will walk you through how many blocks to make each week! This week was Shoofly blocks, and up next week is Nine Patch blocks. –Jenny

    —Cheri Bergeron on March 29, 2019
  • Sweet little quilts, and I ❤️ Temecula Quilt Company!

    —Karen on March 29, 2019
  • Oh how can I resist these cute little blocks!?! I was going to start this because I didn’t want to buy another book (I just spent $45 on books lol). But I have some civil war scraps that are just calling me! Guess I better get started so I’m not left behind.

    Still time to catch up, Cindy – we’re only in week one and books can be your friend your whole life long! 🙂 –Jenny

    —Cindy Petersen on March 29, 2019
  • seems like a fun book I love little quilt a great gift to make for someone special would love to win the book thanks

    —irene indelicato on March 29, 2019
  • Just finished week one making 3 Churn dash blocks. I have been waiting for my book to arrive!
    I will do some catch up this week! Love the tiny quilt!

    —Nancy Evans on April 4, 2019

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