To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Summer Sampler, Faith Jones, Lee Heinrich and Katie Blakesley are rereleasing their summer sampler from 2011.

The ninth block, Minnesota was originally released in 2011 by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced. The refreshed blog post was published on April 14, 2021. The tutorial can be found here. I’m using fabrics found in Quilted Connection’s shop:  Aquarelle from Art Gallery and White Modern Geo Class by Violet Craft for Robert Kaufman for the background.

This block features the hourglass black, sometimes lovingly referred to as quarter square triangles, as well as paper-pieced diamond in a rectangle units. If you need a refresher or are looking for a tutorial on paper piecing, I linked the YouTube tutorial I used when I first started paper piecing in my last blog post. You can find it here.

I cut fussy cut the pieces for the diamonds so the flowers would all be facing the correct way when sewn into the block. And then prepped all the other pieces according to the pattern. I had to lay out the hourglass pieces in the order they were to be sewn so I could easily grab and sew.


Lay out the completed units and then sew together. When completed, you will end up with the block number 9 of the Summer Sampler turns 10: The Minnesota block.

February 01, 2022 — Tara Pezzino

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