The National Parks Sew-along!
Welcome to the National Park Sewalong! We're excited to be starting this fun adventure to celebrate the beautiful national parks in our great country.We are using Tula Pink's City Sampler Book as our patterns, so each week we will make one 6" block from her book. We're making the blocks in numerical order to keep things simple. The fabric we use each week will be solids based off of the color palette in each National Park's poster designed by the Anderson Design Group. I'm sure you would recognize the posters! They're on everything from fabric to posters to puzzles now. As an added, fun bonus, you will also receive a post card of the National Park with your fabric each week. Collect them, journal them in your City Sampler book, send them to friends, or frame them! How do you sign-up? This sewalong is not something that you sign up for. You run the sewalong independently and follow along when we share our blocks. We will have fabric bundles available on our Wednesday night Facebook Live videos (Wednesdays @ 4:30 PM EST) or you can purchase your bundle online. Some folks are ordered only every few weeks to avoid shipping costs weekly and that is okay, too! We will continue to have the fabric bundles in stock as long as there is demand.
So grab your copy of Tula Pink's book and let's get sewing! Purchase the Tula Pink City Sampler HERE!
Let's get started!
Week One - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
We kicked off this sewalong with the National Park nearest and dearest to our hearts. Our shop is situated just outside the Smoky Mountains so we thought it only right to make this our first block.
Featuring Mama bear and her cubs. This was a fun block to make and we made it twice - because we accidentally mailed out the first block tucked inside a book that was ordered. The block traveled safely to New York where it will become part of a special lady's quilt. A happy accident!
I want to be able to provide a list of solids used in each block, but I have to be fully transparent. We were not expecting there to be such a positive turn out, so we weren't prepared to make the number of bundles that were ordered! So we had to substitute fabrics on some bundles. This was really okay because we carry 3-4 lines of solids and the colors matched so closely that you'd hardly be able to tell the difference. So below is a list of colors used in *most* of the bundles. You can use these colors as a reference if you are pulling your own fabrics from your stash or to re-order if you need more.
Grass Cotton Couture, Michael Miller
Ochre Cotton Coouture, Michael Miller
Earth Cotton Couture, Michael Miller
Taupe Cotton Couture, Michael Miller
Century Solids Jalapeno, Andover
Purchase Week 1 - Smoky Mountain Bundle HERE!
Week 2 - Congaree National ParkWe had so many people recommend Congaree as our next vacation spot. I have never been, but those tall trees are calling me! Here is block two with the beautiful shades of greens and golds. I love the way to block pattern mirrors the trees!The colors used in this fat 1/8th bundle are:Graphite Cotton Couture, Michael MillerCentury Solids Almond, AndoverCentury Solids Brass, AndoverGreen Tea Cotton Couture, Michael MillerLeaf Cotton Couture, Michael MillerYou can purchase a Fat Eighth bundle for the Congaree National Park HERE!
Week 3 - Mammoth Cave National ParkOh, how this block shines! The colors of Mammoth Cave is so rich and this block turned out so cool. The solids used in this bundle are:
You can purchase the fat eighth bundle for Mammoth Caves HERE!
- Chocolate Cotton Couture, Michael Miller
- Century Solids Cocoa, Andover Fabrics
- Pumpkin Cotton Couture, Michael Miller
- Century Solids Spice, Andover Fabrics
- Century Solids Sunshine, Andover Fabrics
Week 4 - Shenandoah National ParkOh, those beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains! This week's block is the Shenandoah National Park. Who wants to road trip to Virginia??The colors used in this bundle are:
- Century Solids Butter, Andover Fabrics
- Century Solids Isle, Andover Fabrics
- Century Solids Chambray Blue, Andover Fabrics
- Century Solids Cinnamon, Andover Fabrics
- Khaki Cotton Couture, Michael Miller
You can purchase the fat eighth bundle for Shenandoah HERE!
Week 5 - Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs is celebrating their 100th birthday this year! Happy Centennial! You can see below we made 3 different variations of the block. So many options for this quilt!
The colors used in this bundle are:
You can purchase the Hot Springs bundle HERE!Week 6 - Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Olive Cotton Couture, Michael Miller
- Sage Cotton Couture, Michael Miller
- Century Solids Faded, Andover
- Ocean Cotton Couture, Michael Miller
- Century Solids Cornsilk, Andover
In beautiful Ohio! We have lots of friends and customers in Ohio - I think we need to visit!
The colors used in this bundle are:
Pewter Cotton Couture, Michael Miller
Century Solids Cream, Andover
Century Solids Leaf, Andover
Century Solids Chocolate, Andover
Powder Blue Cotton Couture, Michael Miller
You can purchase your Cuyahoga Bundle HERE!
Week 7 - Biscayne National Park
To celebrate the week we're headed to Florida for vacation, we make the Biscayne block! You can purchase the Biscayne National Park bundle HERE!Week 8 - Kobuk Valley National ParkYou can purchase the Kobuk Valley Fabric Bundle HERE!
Week 9 - Yosemite National ParkYou can purchase the Yosemite National Park Bundle HERE!
Week 10 - Black Canyon National ParkYou can purchase week 10 National Park Bundle HERE!
Week 11 - Isle Royale National Park
You can purchase week 11 National Park Bundle HERE!Week 12: Mesa Verde National ParkYou can purchase Week 12 National Park Bundle HERE!
Week 13: Big Bend National Park
You can purchase Week 13 National Park Bundle HERE!