Years ago (probably at least 15!) when I went to my first quilt show, one of the vendor booths had a huge sampler quilt with probably 100 different 6 inch blocks. This particular one I believe was made with Civil War reproduction fabrics, because that was a big part of the stock in this vendor's booth. Since that day I have wanted to make one of those sampler quilts. I am not sure why I have not done it yet.
Last month on Instagram I saw someone post about a sampler quilt quiltalong based on
The photos in the book are based on 1930s reproduction fabrics, but I decided I did not want to use those. Instead I bought a curated fat quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter shop. It includes a palette that is rich tones of red, yellow, blue and green. I will carry around samples so that I can add more fabrics as the year long quiltalong progresses.
Here are my fabrics and book:
This week was the kickoff of the quiltalong, and we made 3 blocks- Becky, Bonnie and Aunt. This quiltalong is set up so that we do the easiest blocks first, and work our way up to the harder ones. For Becky, I paper pieced the smaller sections, then rotary cut the other pieces. I did Bonnie totally by rotary cutting and piecing, then I did Aunt entirely paper pieced. I want to be back in the paper piecing groove before we hit the harder blocks! For each block, I choose one fabric that I used in the block before it, then choose different fabrics for the rest of the block. I am hoping this method will help me avoid using the same fabrics together all the time, but also spread the fabrics throughout the quilt.
Here is a photo of my first 3 blocks, along with my lovely assistant Honey. I'm sure Honey will claim this quilt as her own.
Linking up with our hostess GnomeAngel for the linky party!