Moda Sampler Block Shuffle 2015

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Moda Sampler Block Shuffle 2015


Welcome to Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - A FREE  Block of the Week Program!

A two month sampler block series with each block from a different Moda designer.  New blocks will be added every Friday from November 2015 to January 2016.  Blocks will include tips and tricks to enhance your piecing skills.  The blocks are free downloads, courtesy of Moda, for a limited time.

Thirty - 6 inch square blocks plus setting instructions.  Suggested fabric requirements are 2 Layer Cakes or 2 Jelly Rolls - or one of each.  They can be from the same collection or you can mix and match.  Additional fabrics for the setting will be required.

Click on the selected block images to download your free printable pattern.  Each print out has 2 copies of the block.  Gift idea:  Give the 2nd copy to a friend.  (Copy and paste the Tips & Tricks text into a Word Document for saving and/or printing.)

Remember - blocks will only be available for a limited time so start collecting today!

Feel free to post your blocks each week on our Facebook page (#modasamplershuffle) or send us a picture and we will share it for you.

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Moda Sampler Block Shuffle

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle Quilt
59 1/2 inches x 68 inches

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle

Available for a limited time - start collecting today!

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October 30, 2015

Block 1
- Pat Sloan

(Click on above image for free printable pattern)

Tips & Tricks:  There are variety of ways to create half-square triangles.  Find what works best for you.

Diagonal Line:  Place 2 fabric squares (right sides together) and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.  Stitch 1/4 inch on each side.  Cut on the diagonal line.  (Yields 2)

Triangles:  Cut fabric triangles individually and sew 2 triangles together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance  (Yields 1)

Magic 8:  Using 2 fabric squares (right sides together) draw a diagonal line from corner to corner, both directions, creating an "X".  Stitch 1/4 inch to the right and left of each marked line.  Before cutting, mark a vertical and horizontal line on your fabric.  Cut on the vertical and horizontal lines first.  Then cut on the diagonal line.  (Yields 8)

Free tutorial available HERE.

October 30, 2015

Block 2
- Me & My Sister Designs

(Click on above image for free printable pattern)

Tips & Tricks:  This block is a good block to test your cutting, sewing and pressing techniques. 

Cutting:  Check to see if the fabric edge is inside, outside or on the line of the ruler.  Be consistent with your ruler.

Seam Allowance:  Measure the placement of your needle with the foot and mark 1/4 inch, use stacked note-cards to mark seam allowance.

Pressing:  Pressing seams open (vs. to the dark) provides less bulk.  Set your seam by pressing your stitched line first then press your seam from the front to eliminate pleats.








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October 30, 2015

Block 3
- Sandy Gervais

(Click on above image for free printable pattern)

Tips & Tricks:  Using a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance gives you more fabric to press back and makes up room for the thread space.  Stitch a needle width inside your seam line for a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance.

October 30, 2015

How to Make the Inner Border


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October 30, 2015

How to Make the Easy Corner Triangles


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October 30, 2015

Setting Instructions for
Moda Sampler Block Shuffle Quilt

59 1/2 inches x 68 inches

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Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 4 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 5
November 6, 2015

Block 4
- V and Co.

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Tips & Tricks:  Fabric value and placement can quickly change the look of your blocks.  Play with light, medium and dark fabric value placements for different appearances.  Try using different fabric combinations such as reproduction prints, brights and batiks together to find the perfect balance of color combinations.

November 6, 2015

Block 5
- Kathy Schmitz Studios

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Tips & Tricks:  Grab that beautiful image of a large print by fussy cutting around the design.  Cut out a square from the center of a note card to audition fabrics before fussy cutting the print.  This allows you to concentrate on the specific image on your fabric while blocking the remaining print from view.

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 6 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 7
November 6, 2015

Block 6
- American Jane

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Tips & Tricks:  There are variety of ways to create flying geese units.  Traditional Technique, Flip-Flip-Finish, Fast and Furious, and Paper-Pieced.  Find what works best for you.

Free tutorial available HERE.




November 13, 2015

Block 7 - Primitive Gatherings

(Click on above image for free printable pattern)

Tips & Tricks:  With smaller fabric pieces, thread weight and stitch length can make a difference in your piecing.  In this case, it is suggested to use a high quality finer weight thread and smaller stitches.  The higher the thread weight number the thinner (finer) the thread.  Test stitch lengths for yourself by doing a practice stitch length 2.0 or 14 stitches per inch and comparing it to a 3.0 or 9 stitches per inch.

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 8 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 9
November 13, 2015

Block 8 - Little Miss Shabby

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Tips & Tricks:  Suggested pressing throughout the piecing process is with a dry iron.  If you prefer steam, use it on your finished block to avoid distorting the small shapes.

November 13, 2015

Block 9 - Jen Kingwell Designs

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Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 10 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 11
November 20, 2015

Block 10 - Deb Strain

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November 20, 2015

Block 11 - Brenda Riddle Designs

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Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 12 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 13
November 20, 2015

Block 12 - Zen Chic

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November 27, 2015

Block 13 - Bunny Hill Designs

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Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 14 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 15
November 27, 2015

Block 14 - Fig Tree & Co.

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November 27, 2015

Block 15 - Janet Clare Designs

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Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 16 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 17
December 4, 2015

Block 16 - One Canoe Two

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December 4, 2015

Block 17 - Jan Patek Quilts

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Tips & Tricks:  Applique introduces a variety of choices for your sewing project; fusibles, stitches and threads.  Try different ones for different projects for the results that please you.

Fusible Interfacing:  Often confused with "stabilizer", which is often meant to be removed at the sewing project completion, fusible interfacing remains attached even when the project is finished.  Fusible interfacing can have fusible glue on one-side or both, depending on your project needs.  The glue is activated from the heat of an iron.  It also comes in many "weights" - this can give your applique a soft feel (light-weight) or a very heavy stiff feel (heavy-weight). 

Machine Stitches:  Common machine applique stitches over raw-edge applique are Blanket, Zig Zag, Satin, Straight and decorative (depending on your sewing machine model).

Hand Stitches:  You can do similar stitches over raw-edge applique, such a Blanket stitch for a decorative look.  For finished edges, needle-turn or turned-edge is suggested.

Thread:  Silk, light weight cotton and invisible thread can be used for machine applique and hand applique.  Thicker embroidery thread can also be used with a Blanket stitch for hand applique to finish your edges.

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 18 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 19
December 4, 2015

Block 18 - Lella Boutique

(Click on above image for free printable pattern)

Tips & Tricks:  Your sewing machine needle should be changed often, not just when it breaks.  Tension problems can occur from dull or bent needles.  Check your tension with this little test:  sew with two different colors of thread; one color in the bobbin and a different color in the top.  Is your bottom thread visible on the top of your fabric?  Is your top thread visible on the bottom of you fabric?  You should adjust your tension, in small changes, to achieve your best stitches.

December 11, 2015

Block 19 - Kansas Troubles Quilters

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Tips & Tricks:  Since these are all 6 inch blocks, make a small pillow or table runner with several of your favorite block patterns.  Add coordinate sashing and maybe a border to increase the size and you have a perfect quick gift idea!






Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 20 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 21
December 11, 2015

Block 20 - A Quilting Life

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Tips & Tricks:  Make a flannel design board to audition your blocks for best placement.  Pin a vinyl table cloth (with the fuzzy flannel side out), 108" flannel backing fabric or a large piece of fleece to the wall.  Place your fabric blocks on your design wall and stand at a distance to preview your layout.  Look for good contrast - light and dark, and color placement.  Audition your blocks in several different positions to achieve your most favorite layout.

December 11, 2015

Block 21 - Minick & Simpson

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Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 22 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 23
December 18, 2015

Block 22 - Basic Grey

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Tips & Tricks:  This block is wonderful to make in multiples.  It increases your skills in cutting accuracy, strip piecing, precise 1/4 inch seam allowance and pressing.  Turn your practice blocks into pincushions as a gift for your quilting/sewing friends.  Or combine your practice blocks for a charity quilt.

December 18, 2015

Block 23 - Betsy Chutchian

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Tips & Tricks:  Color placement can really change the look of this block; plus sign, shoofly or circles.  Turn this block on point for a completely different look.





Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 24 Moda Sampler Bloc Shuffle - Block 25
December 18, 2015

Block 24 - Laundry Basket Quilts

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Tips & Tricks:  This block has 45 pieces and is not for the faint of heart, but WOW, what a beautiful block!  Another skill strengthening block.  Go slow, be precise and you can do this!

Enlarging Trick:  If you would like to make this block 12" instead of 6", use this easy formula -

For Square and Rectangles:
cut size - seam allowance x 2 + seam allowance = new size

Example:  
2 1/2" - 1/2" x 2 + 1/2" = 4 1/2"

January 1, 2016

Block 25 - Bonnie and Camille

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HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!















Moda Sampler Bloc Shuffle - Block 26 Moda Sampler Bloc Shuffle - Block 27
January 1, 2016

Block 26 - Amy Ellis

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Bear Paw Block - one of our favorites!  (wink, wink)

January 1, 2016

Block 27 - Sweetwater

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HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!


Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 28 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 29
January 8, 2016

Block 28 - Kate Spain

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Tips & Tricks:  Do you press our seams open or to one side?  There are times when pressing seams open helps the small blocks to lay flat.  It is also helpful when trying to match many points or centers of blocks.

January 8, 2016

Block 29 - French General

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Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Block 30 We hope you have enjoyed participating in this fun Block-of-the-Week.  It has been a pleasure to post the blocks for you and include friendly Tips & Tricks that may make your quilting just a little bit easier.

Thank you for "shuffling" along with us!


Please keep posting your blocks and your completed quilts on our Facebook page.
(#modasamplershuffle)
January 8, 2016

Block 30 - Blackbird Designs

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Tips & Tricks:  Time to assemble your quilt!  Is it the size you want?  You can make extra blocks of your favorites or use a solid alternate block to increase your quilt to your preferred size.  Need it just a little bigger?  Adding an additional border or two is another idea.