Sew Hometown: April-July Blocks

I blinked and it was the end of July! Where did the last few months go — between gardening, traveling, and getting my summer fun in, I’ve barely spent any time in my sewing room. And I couldn’t believe I’d gotten four months behind in my Sew Hometown project from Amy Ellis and Heather Valentine of Inspiring Stitches. You can buy the pattern here.

April’s blocks were called Flutter. They’re such simple blocks, but I can see how they will really add sparkle in the finished quilt.

May’s blocks were called Hopscotch. I’ve been pulling fabrics from my stash, but still working in certain colorways. The five blocks this month let me show off fabrics in my five coloways to really pull everything together.

June’s blocks were called Simple Star. These were really fun to make. After all these years, it still amazes me that such simple shapes can make such gorgeous designs.

July’s blocks were called Improv Star. Another project I’d fallen behind on is my improv block birthday quilt, so this really helped me get back into the flow of improv piecing and getting creative.

And because we’re seven months in, I decided to lay all my blocks out and see what they looked like. The first month, I got crazy and used a blue as a dark background on some of my blocks. But then I fell into the cream background trap. My goal for the next few months is to concentrate on adding some more darker background blocks to add more variety to this quilt.

It’s not too late to grab your calendar and catch up! I can’t wait to see everyone’s blocks throughout the year.


Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


P.S. Let’s connect on Instagram! I love sharing pictures there and seeing yours! Follow me @lindsmayland.

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