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Summer Fun (& Olympics)!

plate of watermelon next to the pool

What says Summer Fun more than summer fruit, sunshine, and water? This month we have bright colored fabrics in fun designs along with a Summer Games 2024 Sampler sew-along. With the games starting very soon, this project is so cool!

Thank you to those who sent us their patterns to include. Please visit the designer's links and stores to show your support. Be sure to follow them on social media because they offer so many fun patterns. If you would like to be included in future inspiration blogs, just let us know. Next up are Foundation Paper Piecing, Applique quilts, and then on to (our favorite!) Halloween if you would like to participate.

Summer Fun Inspirations

Sweet and Spiffy quilt by Ivory Spring
Just add Shortcake quilt of strawberries from Ivory Spring

Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring has several awesome summer quilts; we could not choose just one.

Sweet & Spiffy (left) and Just Add Shortcake (right) were two of our favorites. Both of these quilts can use a variety of colors and fabrics to make them your own.

Block Party quilt from Summer block party quilt along with The Smitten Chicken

Want to come to a Summer Block Party QAL? Join Jen over at The Smitten Chicken and sign up to get in on the fun. She and several of her friends (flamingotoes, polkadotchair, jedicraftgirl, amerooniedesigns, diaryofaquilter, sewastory with Jennifer Long, and abrightcorner) will be sending you blocks to make this sweet red, white, and blue quilt to use at your block party.

Pineapple quilt by Caroline at Sew Can She

Have you ever wanted to sew a pineapple fruit quilt? Here's your chance! This free pineapple quilt block and twin quilt pattern is as easy as sewing half-square triangles. It's a great way to use up fabric scraps plus Caroline at Sew Can She will show you how she used her Accuquilt fabric cutter (optional) to make the cutting part go faster and get to sewing sooner.

Blooming garden flower quilt from Create with Claudia

Are you looking for a more traditional design? Ideal for an intermediate quilter, Create with Claudia's lovely Blooming Garden quilt pattern is a mix of modern and traditional. The design makes the quilt a stunner! Use your favorite 1/2-yard cuts or scrap fabrics and you are on your way.

Summer Sun applique pattern with palm trees, a surfboard, and the ocean by Art Quilts by Design

Again, we couldn't decide between these gorgeous applique patterns so we are showing both!

Appliqued Butterfly and cocoon quilt by Art Quilts by Design

Dive into the soothing embrace of coastal bliss with this stunning quilt pattern, capturing the essence of a serene beach scene. Imagine strolling along the shoreline, the warm sand beneath your toes, as majestic palm trees sway in the gentle ocean breeze with the Summer Sun by Sondrasa of Art Quilts by Design.

Or capture the beauty of a butterfly emerging from its Cocooned Dreams in this raw-edge applique pattern.

Colorful band-aid quilt with hearts by Elizabeth Chapell of Quilters Candy

Since it's summer, we know there will be scraped knees, cut fingers and sunburns. And who doesn't love a cute band-aid to put on their boo-boo? Elizabeth from Quilters Candy always comes up with the cutest patterns to make you smile.

Summer Games Olympics 2024 quilt sampler with 9 different countries

In case you missed it, the doors are open to sign-up (anytime) for the FREE Summer Games Sampler 2024! Just as the world will come together at the highest level of sports competition this summer, join quilts from all over the world in making 9 quilt blocks each, representing a different country in celebration of the Summer Games.

This sampler is a true skill-builder with techniques from traditional piecing, curves, improv, FPP, and multiple methods of applique. Beginning June 14, each Friday you will receive an email with one or two block patterns that were inspired by the country each designer calls home and finishing instructions for putting the completed blocks together into a 60" x 60" quilt top. Designers include: 🇫🇷 France - @namaju_quiltstudio

🇨🇦 Canada - @quiltberryhill_designs

🇹🇭 Thailand - @thaicharmllc

🇷🇸 Serbia - @maraquiltdesigns

🇲🇽 Mexico -

🇧🇷 Brazil - @taniamogariquilter

🇺🇸 USA - @jessicasteeledesign

🇦🇺 Australia - @maxandlouisepatternco

Paris quilt block for the Summer Games 2024 Sampler quilt

First, let’s go to France, the host country, with Claire Dupont… What represents France better than the Eiffel Tower?! I combined the « Dame de fer » as we call it in France, and the athletics running lanes! This is a traditional piecing pattern, with curves. Enjoy Paris

Canadian maple leaf quilt block with FPP and applique

Next, we head to Canada with Hillary Goldhar Cooper. The Canada block design combines the iconic maple leaf with the swimming sport, making it a fun and unique project! This sampler is an excellent opportunity to learn or practice various techniques.

Any big plans for summer? Both of us have some traveling scheduled and (most importantly) we might be able to meet up for a day to see each other in person! We haven't done that since Houston Market in November.

Happy Quilting!

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