Wednesday 9 January 2013

The Something New Sampler Blog Hop

I'm excited to announce a new blog hop starting next week, The Something New Sampler! 

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Looking for your next project?
Resolved to learn some new sewing skills this year?
Want to win some great prizes?

Then join in the blog hop for The Something New Sampler!

Each week, one or two bloggers will present a block tutorial with an uncommonly used technique. There will be a total of 9 blocks presented. And, just to mix it up, we're going with a funky modern block size - 7" x 14"! We'll have plenty of suggestions on how to use this block shape along the way. There's no need for our modern blocks to always be square :)

Here's our schedule:

Jan 14th
Amy @ | Bargello piecing

Jan 21st
Heidi @ | folding 
Chelsea @ | a scraptastic technique

Jan 28th
Jess @ | sashiko
Lindsay @ | reverse applique

Feb 4th
M-R @ | trapunto
Heidi @ | cathedral windows

Feb 11th
Alyssa @ | pinless curves
Becky @ | machine applique

And stop by the cute life on Fridays for tips and tutorials on how to set these rectangular blocks! Posts will be up on the following dates:
Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15

Be sure to join the flickr group to keep up with the hop, the chatter, and some inspirational photos.

At the end, link up a blog post or flickr photo with anything you've done from the sampler series, even if it's just one block! There are two categories for prizes:

- finished projects, winners will be chosen by popular vote
"finished" includes an entirely completed smaller project, like a pillow, table runner, mini quilt, etc.
pieced quilt tops also count as "finished", even if not quilted

- participation prizes, winners will be chosen by a random number generator

link up any progress you've made!

Prizes for the Something New Sampler

Fort Worth Fabric Studio is an online fabric shop with yardage and some fantastic custom bundles you won't find anywhere else! One of these bundles - the Lagoon bundle - is a prize, and it is centered around Michael Miller's Lagoon line, with 18 fat quarters. You can also sign up for their newsletter to be eligible for a monthly prize. In addition to the bundle, they are also offering a $25 gift certificate.

Cotton Blossom Farm stocks great designer fabrics with plenty of modern options. One great feature of this website is the ability to search through fabrics based on categories such as color - it's just like shopping in a brick and mortar shop! You have the chance to win a set of ten 1/2 yards (of your choosing!!) of Simply Color from them.

Fat Quarter Shop is another online shop that sells yardage and precuts of some of the most popular fabrics. They offer next day shipping and have an incredibly large selection! Fat Quarter Shop also has a great selection of other items, such as books, magazines, and kits. They have generously donated a jelly roll of Paris Flea Market and an Amy Butler pattern for prizes.

Sew Me a Song is an Etsy shop that stocks Japanese and contemporary fabrics. Becca puts together some fabulous bundles of texty prints, polka dots, and - of course! - lots of Melody Miller prints. Don't miss the great collection of Type by Julia Rothman. She has created two custom bundles especially for our sampler event, one with six texty fat quarters and one with eight japanese prints. 

I hope you'll join in and check out the tutorials shared by the participating bloggers - I'm really excited about learning some of these techniques. 

xx Jess


Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

This sounds a very exciting hop and the prizes are fab!

Angela Bullard said...

Sounds fun! I'm going to try to find time to participate ;)

Shanley said...

Are you trying to make us all smarter? What's next? Physics?

Tiffany said...

I just saw this yesterday and I'm pretty stoked about it! Should be awesome.

Jennifer said...

you're teaching the shashiko?? totoalyl intrigued - saw this a few days ago and i'm definitely in :)

Katy Cameron said...

I'll be interested to see what you all come up with!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Oh, what a great idea, I'll try and clear some stuff so I can play too :-)

Leanne said...

There are definitely some techniques in there that I don't know, I will watch and learn.

Nat at Made in Home said...

How exciting!