Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Community Sampler Week #15!

It's Community Sampler sew-along Wednesday!

My Community Sampler Quilt Top

For those of you that are new here, Sharon Holland and I have been co-hosting this block-of-the-week community sew-along. You can visit my Community Sampler Page above in my tabs bar to retrieve all of the released PDF's to make your own Community Sampler anytime!

Community Sampler Sew-Along

Today's PDF for week Fifteen is -- Finishing, that includes step by step instructions for finishing up our quilts! You'll have all the measurements you need for batting, preparing your backing fabric and to make the amount of binding that you'll need to finish up your Community Sampler! On Sharon's blog you'll find lots of helpful tutorial links for these steps incase you're in need of extra visuals and instructions for these finishing steps!

Community Sampler: Finishing!

For finishing my Community Sampler made using my Love Story fabric collection, I decided to back my quilt in AGF's Pure Element solid in Sienna Brick. I used this solid for my inner border and had ordered several yards of this solid for a different quilt, and I've decided it's just too perfect not to use to back my sampler. I love this dusty rose color! For my binding I'm using my Love Story print Daring Echoes Red, a unique take on a stripe print that I hope will make the true reds in my Love Story prints really pop!

Binding and Backing Fabrics

Adding Borders

While my co-host Sharon plans to finish her quilt on her home machines, my plan is to send mine out to Lady Belle Fabrics who will be adding long-arm quilting services to her wonderful fabric shop this June! I'm so excited!!

To prepare my quilt, I will use all of the same finishing instructions to prepare my quilt top before sending it to Brooke at Lady Belle Fabrics. I'll make sure my quilt top is trimmed to size and to prepare my backing fabrics for an edge to edge quilting design. Both batting and thread options will be included in Lady Belle Fabrics new quilting service, so there's no need to send those things. I can't wait to share more about this new Lady Belle Service next month!

While my quilt is out, I'll make my binding to have it ready for my quilt's return. I love machine binding and if you'd like to check out the my go-to method be sure to visit -- HERE!

Community Sampler Border

I'm so excited to see how our quilts will look finished! As always, when you share on Instagram use the hashtag #CommunitySampler and be sure to tag @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell so we can be sure to see your beautiful Community Samplers!

Using #CommunitySampler hashtag will also automatically enter you in the weekly IG Giveaway pool! Remember that your Instagram account does need to be a public account for your post to show up in the Instagram hashtag pool. But please don't worry, if you don't have Instagram or you'd like to keep your account private, we will also be hosting the same giveaway prize, alternately between Sharon's and my blog, so you can choose how and where to enter each week!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Be sure to check back here on Friday for more info on this week's Community Sampler Giveaway with our wonderful sponsor Omnigrid!

xo Maureen  


  1. Your quilt is going to be beautiful!!
    I am happy to know that lady Belle fabrics is going to provide long arm quilting. This is great news for me. I love that shop.

  2. Love your quilt Maureen! The border and the background is so lovely!


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