I ran across the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle 2015 project yesterday at Bear Creek Quilting Company. The first three block patterns were released last week, and blocks 4, 5, 6 were released yesterday. I am working with two charm packs from the same fabric line, and I have never worked with quilt pieces on such a small scale. I sewed the first three blocks last night with the intention of sewing the next three tonight, and then every Monday through the rest of the project I will make the remaining blocks.

For this project, I am using the fabric Good Neighbors designed by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. The fabric is sold exclusively at Connecting Threads.

Block 1

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I took the pictures of this block before I squared it up, so the edges in the pictures are jagged, but I have since cleaned it up and it looks much better.  I have worked with half square triangles on a much larger scale before, so that technique was not new to me, just the small size.

Block 2

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I didn’t follow the tutorial for building any of these blocks, and I am sure I put this one together in a weird order, but since I am still learning, I am okay with that.  This block was pretty straightforward and easy to put together, and I feel like it turned out really well, and there is only one little flub – the upper left corner doesn’t quite meet the inner corner of the same fabric.  I am okay with that.  If I have time, I may take it apart and fix it, but I am not going to stress over it.

Block 3

Block 32015-11-09 21.11.06 2015-11-09 21.11.01

This block was the biggest challenge for me because I have never sewn corner triangles before, so I had to learn how to make them.  Once I got the first one completed, the rest were a snap!  Instead of using a print for the background on each block, I am using a basic natural-colored cotton I had in my stash, as well.

I can’t wait to sew up blocks 4, 5, & 6 tonight!

So far, this has been a fun project, and I have enjoyed learning new techniques for making different shapes in quilt blocks.  I am excited to have this project to work on throughout the winter.


Amy

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