Friday, November 18, 2011

Big Half Way Mark Giveaway for the We Can Do It! Skill Builder Sampler

I can't believe there have been 6 months of the We Can Do It! Skill Builder Sampler!

We started out by making sure we had the basics covered with cutting, 1/4 inch seams and pressing while making these blocks.  (oh, how I miss the days when my backyard was green...)

 We moved on to half square triangle and corner to corner sewing.  Finishing up with some quilt math.

 With all the different skills I tried to show many different methods for getting the same result.  We learned the traditional, corner to corner and magic method of making flying geese.

Then we learned how to make 1/4 square triangles and played around with improvisation.  
(I just realized I never wrote up the 1/4 square triangle math post...oops...coming soon...)

We tried out paper and fabric foundation piecing and started paper piecing.

And more paper piecing...oh how I love these paper pieced blocks!  Why did I wait so long to learn how to do this?  This is what the Skill Builder Sampler is all about! - just biting the bullet and doing things that we are scared of.

It was hard to get a picture of them all!

If you haven't been quilting along with the Skill Builder Sampler, now is a perfect time to join in.  We are going to start hitting skills that even long time quilters might not have tried their hand at.  Here is the schedule for the rest of the Sampler:

December - Applique (many different methods will be shown)
January - Curved Blocks
February - Wonky Blocks
March - Odd Shapes (tumblers, apple cores, hexagons)
April - Inset Seams
May - There is No Way I Can Make That Block! Blocks  :)

For all of you who have been following along - THANK YOU! - it would have been totally lame and depressing to write all these tutorials for only one or two people.  As a thank you and reward for participating in the Skill Builder Sampler we are having a Big Half Way Mark Giveaway.  And because I want to motivate anyone who has fallen behind to catch up I have three different prize options.   Everyone likes different fabrics  and I wanted the prize to appeal to everyone.

 For those who love reproduction fabric:  
A jelly roll of 1862 Battle Hymn and one yard of Kona Snow.

 For those who are drawn to brights:  
10 fat quarters of Treasures and Tidbits and 1.5 yards of Kona White.

For sweet dot lovers:  
8 fat quarters of assorted dots, a half yard of the pink floral from Snippets, 
and 1.5 yards of Kona Unbleached (my favorite "white"). 

Any of these prize packages would be enough fabric to make a large lap sized quilt.

To be entered in the giveaway:

  • You must have completed blocks 1-18 in the We Can Do It! Skill Builder Sampler.  A list of all blocks and links to the tutorials can be found at the link at the top of the page.  
  • You must post a picture of all of your blocks on the Skill Builder Sampler flickr site or email me a picture of the completed blocks.
  • Then leave a comment in this post.  Let me know what fabric package you would like if you are the randomly selected winner.
The giveaway closes on Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 am Central Time, at which time a randomly selected person will win the fabric package of their choice.  That gives you two weeks to catch up.   Totally do-able.  :)

You Can Do It!


  1. I am so happy to be all caught up on this WONDERFUL quilt a long!! I have learned so very much!! Thank you so much for hosting it!!

    I have posted my 18 completed blocks on the flickr group, and if I win (go #1!!) I would LOVE the BRIGHTS!! :)

  2. Hello Leila,

    I just sent you an e-mail of my blocks. The first 9, I did in red, white, and blue fabric to incorporate into a quilt of Valor Quilt. The second nine are using similar fabrics to yours, the dolly dresses set. I hope you received my e-mail. If not, please let me know! I'd love the brights if I won as well :)

  3. With the circle of geese finished today, I've just been able to post the photo of all the 18 blocks (plus 2 bonus ones)on the group flickr site. Looking at them I can feel just how much I've learnt, thank you.
    If I won, I'd love the reproduction fabric.

  4. Mine are posted on flickr as shimmyblisster. (Thank you for your comment, by the way!)
    If I won, I'd love the bright bunch. Thanks for so many fun blocks!

  5. I can't believe we are halfway done!
    This is so much fun! And I am so excited about all the skills coming up :)

    Anyway, I am done all 18 blocks and a picture is posted on flickr. I would love the brights!

  6. I've completed all 18 blocks. I've got individual pictures up now and will post a picture of all the blocks together this evening.

  7. Hmm .. I almost forgot to come back here and post that I was all caught up! That would have been tragic! I now have 24 blocks because of the challenge blocks, and one I re-did, and two extra improv houses because I thought they were so cute. I would be thrilled with any of the prizes, but my choices, in order would be:

    1. brights
    2. dots
    3. repro

    Thank you for the chance!!

  8. Just to note that I have posted a photo with 20 blocks and that I think I like the reproductions best and the dots second.

  9. Woohoo, I am up to date and photos on flickr.
    I like the brights the most.
    Thank you again Leila for this most awesome quilt along.

  10. Completed!All my blocks are shown on the flickr group. I also put in two images with nine blocks each, though I couldn't include the improv house as that has been used- the image is in the group earlier anyway!

    If I was lucky enough to win one of the sets of fabric, I would probably prefer the jelly roll, though any of them is lovely!
    My blogger is misbehaving at present, so I am a 'no reply' again, sorry! though you can contact me through my blog (doesn't make sense to me either)

  11. I just caught up on the last 3 and posted them to the flickr group. (plus, I'm blogging about them tomorrow morning)

    WOW, halfway finished ... exciting.

    I love the brights.

  12. halfway done! so exciting! they're all here: thank you soooooo much for hosting this quilt along, i'm having a lot of fun. and i'm definitely terrified and excited about curves and applique! if i were so lucky as to win, i'd love the brights!

  13. I finished all 18- wahoo! I'm so proud of myself. The brights are fabulous, but let's be honest - I like all three of them. ;)

  14. I've got all mine done! My pic is in the Flickr group (I put in the bonus ones too, since I couldn't remember which they were to omit from the picture, so they're all there).
    I think I'd have to go with the brights for something different, even though they're all lovely gifts!