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Sampler Spree Sew Along (Week 1)

Today’s the day! The Sampler Spree Sew Along is here!

Sampler Spree book by Susan Ache
The Sampler Spree quilt sampler book by Susan Ache

A Quick Rundown

  • If you missed last week’s announcement- the Sampler Spree Sew Along is a summer project making blocks from Susan Ache’s new book Sampler Spree.
  • Moda Fabrics + Susan Ache are hosting this sew along – see the official details here.
  • There are 100+ block patterns in the book – each finishing at 6″ x 6″. The official group plan is to make 10 per week. I’ll be making just 3-5 per week. (Mama’s too busy for 10!)
  • The book includes layout instructions for the cover quilt but there will be other layouts shared in the coming weeks. I am using my own scrappy autumn leaf layout – the full details are found here. Fabric is Cider by BasicGrey.
Sampler Spree Quilt Along. The FREE Scrappy Leaf Layout by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Cider/Persimmon by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics.
Vanessa’s scrappy autumn leaf layout plan for the Sampler Spree Sew Along. Fabric is Cider and Persimmon by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics.

Week 1

I started at the beginning of the book and will be working my way through in order. Because my scrappy autumn leaf layout only requires (33) sampler blocks, I’ll only make my favorites! Here are the picks from Week 1:

  • “Block 1: Friendship Star” (page 14)
  • “Block 2: Cherry Basket” (page 15)
  • “Block 3: Susan’s Chain” (page 16)
  • “Block 4: Split Nine Patch” (page 16)
  • “Block 7: Fan Blades” (page 18)
Sampler Spree Sew Along (Week 1). Check out Vanessa's blocks using Cider and Persimmon fabric by BasicGrey + her fall leaf quilt top layout.

As you can see, all of the blocks this week are primarily blue. Next week’s batch will be blue as well. This will give me 10 blue sampler blocks total–8 to be mixed into the scrappy blue section + 2 to be plugged into navy leaf-point section of the leaf shape.

Which block is your favorite this week? Let me know in the comments! (My favorite is the “Cherry Basket” block.)

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  1. Patty Jones

    June 16, 2021 at 6:21 am

    Oh my goodness, these blocks are gorgeous!!!! It is hard to pick a favorite, but I think mine would be the block on the top left. I haven’t purchased the book yet, so I don’t know the official name of that one, as I don’t have time to start a new project of this size during the summer months. Maybe in the fall……… Thanks for sharing your beautiful blocks and layout.

  2. Patti Mac

    June 16, 2021 at 8:19 am

    I am really leaning toward your leaf layout. I love that! Your blocks are so pretty. I will not be making 10 a week either, I don’t have that much time!

  3. Sandy Y

    June 16, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Like Patty I like them all but the upper top left is my favorite too. Is that Susan’s Chain? Thanks for sharing.

  4. Karen Rose

    June 16, 2021 at 10:35 am

    I don’t want to fangirl here but I really love your work. I would like to follow one of your layouts. Maybe the leaf but you alluded to other possibilities? I also don’t want to do 10 blocks a week! I’ve got to give myself permission to relax! And I really only wanted to do something in 4-5 colors. I’ve been collecting modern cats and since I just lost my old girl I wanted to do it the color way of Riley Blake’s Purrfect. Would love my layout to be a giant calico cat silhouette but don’t think I’m able to design that.

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