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!

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