Sister Sampler Quilts

*the giveaway has ended*

My dear friend AnneMarie Chany has a brand new book out and boy is it pretty!!  It is full of great block patterns to make the most interesting samplers.  I think my favorite blocks might be her inverse pattern blocks.  You can see an example of those in the bottom pictures of the picture below.  She’s played with color placement to change how you see a block pattern and it’s completely genius.  I’ve done that on occasion but she’s been playing with the concept for a couple years now.

Fons & Porter/F+W; $19.99

Her color schemes in the book are bright and juicy, so there is lots of eye candy.  But for my stop on the blog hop I wanted to try something a little different.  It’s actually totally out of MY comfort zone.  I’m more familiar with choosing colors like AnneMarie did. But life is about growing right?  So I tackled her Moon & Star block with some different fabrics.

And I wanted to try a new to me way to trimming HSTs!  Someone mentioned it on Instagram, that instead of trimming the square while it was pressed open.  To instead, trim it while it is still in triangle shape (before you press it open).

Sister sampler quilt

I’m not sure I got the best picture of exact measurements here, but this is what it looked like while I trimming.  You can see the seam along the diagonal side.  It is sewn together there.  And I am trimming the side and top edges to square it up BEFORE I press it open.

It worked like a charm!  I think I’ll do that from now on.  Only two sides to trim instead of four!!

Sister sampler quilt

And didn’t the colors and patterns turn out fun?!  Definitely a departure for me.  I’m working on using prints for the background rather than a solid.  And this tiny beautiful floral by Kim Kight from Cotton and Steel was too pretty to ignore.  I picked my other fabrics around that.

If I’m being totally honest then I would say that I *might* change the coral color to a lighter one to better balance with the light pink.  But that is part of my learning curve here.  I’m still struggling to find balance with a block of all prints and wanting to really see the beautiful design of the block.  It’s such a great design AnneMarie!

Sister sampler quilt

And if you’ve read along so far, then now is your chance to get in on the giveaway.  One lucky reader will have a chance to own their very own copy of AnneMarie’s book Sister Sampler Quilts.
To enter, simply leave a comment below.  I’d love to know what your feelings are on samplers.  I personally struggle with them and my only UFO’s left are all Sampler Quilts.  I just cannot figure out what to do!  I get tired of a typical sashing and all the blocks square.  I’d love something different.  Do you love them? hate them?  Never tried one?  Have a great finish you can share?  Let me know!!
Congratulations to the Lucky Winner!
I’ve only made one quilt so far – for my son’s 18th birthday but I think a sampler quilt would be a good way to try new techniques.

134 thoughts on “Sister Sampler Quilts”

  1. I'm with you I get tired of samplers. Once you have done a couple of them it seems enough. However I traded a couple of mine with friends so that I had colors I liked better and then I changed the look to on point and put a different border. It gave me incentive.

  2. I have made several samplers thru BOM programs. I have found or come up with some more modern layouts because I don't love the simple sashing layouts either. This book looks fun. Thanks for the review. Also, I trim my HST that way using the Quilt in a Day Square Up ruler….it is great.

  3. I love the idea of sampler quilts – getting to try out all the different blocks but i'm not so keen on the traditional sashing and corner blocks layout. I think i'd want to do something different

  4. I find sampler quilts very odd. Nothing matches. (Sigh). My quilt Bee picked a sampler to work on this year. I decided to limit my color palette to only three colors. Wont see it until April.
    Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  5. I like samplers. I love that I am able to try something new each block. I also love searching for the right fabric and with a sampler you get to do that each block! So yes: I am all about samplers. That is not to say, however, that I do not struggle with the same issues as you do: as soon as I finished my blocks I always find it difficult to finish. Not a big fan of sashings…:)
    Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

  6. I haven't made many samplers. To me the traditional rows and columns layout is not very interesting but I have seen some other types of layouts that are wonderful. AnneMarie has some lovely, innovative ideas that I would be interested in trying.

  7. I have never done a sampler quilt either. To tell the truth, I do not have much time besides the four kids and work… But definitely like to admire them :). Thanks for the chance.
    ehodasz at yahoo dot com

  8. I have not finished a sampler quilt but I've made a bunch of blocks
    Quilt in a day Eleanor Burns makes a triangle square up ruled that has the markings so you can do the trimming if needed before pressing the block open, I have not tried it I asked a local quilt shop to order me one

  9. I have completed several sampler quilts using traditional sashing, and several using setting squares and putting the blocks on point. Anne Marie's Moccasin quilt setting was very dynamic for a sampler. I liked that quite a bit. It's fun to make different blocks, but the samplers I do now need a punch.

  10. Samplers are fun, but a bit more time consuming. The trade-off is you get to learn new piecing skills, which is always a bonus. Plus it's great eye candy once it all comes together. Finish up your UFO samplers and let us see what you've been up to!

  11. I'm with you. Samplers aren't my favorite quilts. I love making them because of the variety of blocks, but sampler blocks with sashing are a little boring. Would love to explore new ways of putting them together!

  12. I'm working on Farm Girl Vintage right now and it's going to be cute, but I probably won't do a ton of samplers in the future. They feel inefficient, I can't get a good rhythm going. Also, there is something more restful to me about a quilt with some repetition in the design, especially when you like those eye-popping colors like I do.

  13. I've made a few samplers and always end up giving them away. I think it's because I didn't keep a fabric theme in them. This year I'm in a few BOM's of the month and the blocks will be different. I'm going to use one or two of the same fabrics in each block and will see how I feel about the end project.
    Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book!

  14. I am working on my first sampler quilt using the book, "Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt". Not to crazy about working with six inch blocks, but I am going to finish it. Thank you for the chance to win the book, I have not worked with circles yet, but looks very interesting!

  15. I love sampler quilts. I often find inspiration from the magazine 100 quilt blocks that comes our quarterly. I find an intriguing block I want to make and then collect them into a sampler quilt. Thanks for the introduction to this book and the opportunity to win a copy.

  16. I've not done a sampler quilt. However, it might be fun to do. I've begun doing a few test blocks to test drive fabric and color combos and someday those might find a way into a larger project. Thanks for sharing, Angela

    1. You replied to me, however, I can see the diagonal seam however, how are you measuring. There is no diagonal on the seam on the ruler. The markings are all different from every part of the seam. But thank you for answering.

  17. i have never tried a sampler. I would like to. what are you lining up to cut the hst? i would love to cute only two sides instead of four. thanks for sharing.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

  18. I don't usually care for traditional sampler quilts but , find my self in love with those that are very bright colored or the ones with different size sampler blocks cohesively assembled

  19. Love the choices of modern fabric for a sampler. Would certainly like to make the one with the negative space in the middle. I too do not readily pick a sampler quilt. Perhaps taking my time and working on several projects at once would help. Thanks for the chance

  20. I said that I didn't like sampler quilts for a long time, but now I realize that I love MODERN sampler quilts, with something a little out of the ordinary. I love this book. I saw the block of the month on Pink Castle Fabrics website and I was hooked!

  21. My very first quilt was a sampler I made during a class at a local quilt shop many many years ago! Had to make templates, trace and cut with scissors and each block was hand sewn. I think it's time I did another one with modern tools and techniques. I like the idea of each block being different since I get bored doing the same thing over and over.

  22. Well I have two sets of blocks (one a garden theme and one a beach theme) that we did as a Christmas exchange in our sew group. Still haven't put those together because I'm not quite sure what to do with them! Would love to have this book to give me ideas! Thanks for the opportunity.

  23. I have done so many samplers – both bom's and stand alones – I have a big box labeled "12" squares" and it is stuffed. I also did the Moda big block quilt and quilts like gravity…am currently doing some mini projects just for calmness.

  24. AnneMarie's book looks exciting Angela! Especially because of the inverse blocks. Your Moon & Star block turned out really Fun! That's a great block!
    I love sampler quilts, but they do tend to be more time consuming to make because you can't do a lot of assembly line piecing.

  25. I haven't tried a sampler. I look at all the different blocks and think, "all that work and you only get one block." I like to chain stitch and do a bunch of blocks at the same time. That said, I think I must make at least one because they are challenging, interesting and it something everyone must do before they die. Right? Thanks.

  26. I find the hardest thing about samplers is how to quilt them so each block is highlighted, and the overall patterns go together. Medallion quilts are a type of sampler that I want to create soon.

  27. I've never done a sampler quilt. I like them because it's not all matchy match. I don't like things to match and prefer an eclectic design. Thanks for the chance to win! Shopgirl7232 at yahoo dot com

  28. I haven't done a sampler yet, but I'd like to. I recently learned about "presashing," i.e. putting sashing on each block as you finish it, which apparently makes it easier. And I like the look of setting squares.

  29. I have done a few sampler, but really like the concept of combining sampler blocks with a modern flair. Looks like a very interesting book. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  30. I struggle with samplers, because they often seem disjointed. But I enjoy making them, and I've participated in a couple Saturday Sampler programs (and finished them!). I'm about to dive in to Elizabeth Hartman's Patchwork City, so I hope I can manage it!

  31. I made about four blocks of a sampler quilt about three years ago. I've seen some bloggers finishing theirs lately and it's spurred me to get mine back out. I'm not sure why I never finished in the first place. I think it's because everyone was doing x blocks a week and I'm more of a 'get her done' kind of gal.

  32. I have recently fallen in love all over again with sampler quilts! What I am doing now is gathering ideas for color combos and different settings on a pinterest board; I am hoping that will allow me to focus on options before I put a quilt together; I am a hopelessly visual person!

  33. I think AnneMarie has a lot of great suggestions for making your sampler unique. I struggle with them too, but like her idea of choosing a block and then enlarging it to make it become the setting for your sampler blocks. She has some very creative ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  34. I've done a few sampler quilts, mostly quilt shop blocks of the month. I just heard about this book on Pat Sloan's podcast, and am hoping I win it!

  35. I've never tried one. I really need a bee friend to do one with me to keep me going. For variation, I'd try setting the blocks on point or for a more modern vibe, add sashing of varying widths to stagger the blocks around the quilt top.

  36. I've never made a sampler, and I have to say they are not my bag, baby. But I love love love your block. I've been following this blog hop and really like the blocks in it and the idea of reverse blocks.

  37. I love your block: great combo of colors and prints! 🙂 And I love sampler quilts because with my ADD, I get bored when making a bunch of blocks of the same color and pattern: best to change it up in my opinion!! 🙂 Hugs, H

  38. So far I've only done one sampler quilt, and I think it looks lovely hanging up. I've been reluctant to start a new one, but this book looks like the one! Thanks for the opportunity.

  39. Angela, Just today a friend shared a gorgeous quilted bag made w/two sampler blocks, topped w/a batik, and the handles were from a totally different scale print (resembling 1930's repro). Samplers also make wonderful baby doll and small doggie blankets.

  40. I like samplers, but not with great frequency. I like that all the blocks aren't the same, so I don't get bored doing the same thing over and over. Picking fabrics in a quilt is the hardest part, so a sampler requires me to challenge myself more than normal.

  41. I also struggle with them but am about to start one myself. Love your colors and the block is awsome. Great tip about the hst. I would love a copy of the book.

  42. I have never tried one. I enjoy looking at everyone else's but in my limited time, I feel more drawn to improv and making it up as I go. I seem to accomplish more this way when compared to the time it takes for me to follow a pattern.

  43. I've never done a Sampler Quilt, but I have done a Sampler table runner and a wall hanging many years ago. I am very much in love with the Moon and Star block though – and would love the book for that block alone! I love using a very light neutral for the background so that each block stands out. I think that setting makes me actually like a Sampler quilt!!!

  44. I know what you mean about sampler blocks, but I like them! I've made a few of them as baby quilts and like when I color coordinate them. It gives the quilt a cohesiveness, yet the eye wanders all over to catch the different blocks.

  45. I learned to quilt by making a sampler. It was in the early eighties,made with templates,and mostly hand pieced. I made more blocks than required because I had so much fun piecing. I still love piecing, but I have not made another sampler quilt. Don't know why? Maybe 2016 will be the year of the sampler for me.

  46. I absolutely love the sister blocks! I think that is a brilliant idea! I have not yet made a sampler quilt, it is on my list to do though. I love your block and can't wait to see the other bloggers!

  47. I have never made a sampler quilt, but I have recently seen some beauties. I think I was put off sampler quilts years ago when I would only see them made with very traditional fabrics. I quite like sampler quilts made with modern fabrics.

  48. I try samplers and block of the month projects every year, but have yet to finish one! Goal for 2016 is to finish the two sampler block of the month projects I started last year!

  49. I love samplers!! I get very bored doing the same block over and over. Plus samplers give me a chance to learn new blocks.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  50. From other posts about this book, it looks like it has some new and creative ways to set sampler blocks. I love them…it's fun to "modetnize" old idess! Thanks for the opportunity!

  51. From other posts about this book, it looks like it has some new and creative ways to set sampler blocks. I love them…it's fun to "modetnize" old idess! Thanks for the opportunity!

  52. I'm pleased to have found you on the hop! Here is my opinion, I love to LOOK at samplers and feel its a great way to experiment but who really wants a quilt of experiments. So I have chosen to drool at someone elses sampler accomplishments. If I were stuck I would have to cut up my blocks and try to modernize the design, using a grid system and see what I can do to make it more interesting.

  53. Have never done a Sampler quilt..yet lol This book makes it verrry tempting to start one tho! iggle… Do love Your block! Thanks for chance to win the book! 🙂

  54. I have made one sampler about 6 years ago for my MIL – 12 stars, all different, set on-point. It is pretty but I really love the great settings on these quilts so much better!!!

  55. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I love the challenge of samplers, but I always struggle to find an appealing layout. I really love some of the suggested layouts in this book though, the author definitely a great job adding a modern twist to these classics!

  56. I have made a few samplers, over the years, but it has been some time. This book has a refreshing new approach to setting the blocks vs traditional sashing. To clarify, I feel like I've grown tired of the traditional sashing of sampler blocks, so this new approach definitely inspires me to create. Plus sampler quilts are a great way to try new block designs and perfect our piecing skills.


  57. I have wanted to try a sampler quilt for the longest time. I think it would be a great opportunity for me to try many different blocks instead of making a full size quilt with one or a few blocks.
    Love your interpretation in your pillow!

  58. I am not a huge lover of sampler quilts…kind of picky 😉 but this book looks interesting… I may just end up making a different quilt with each block pattern.

  59. I have never tried one, but I am very new to quilting. I probably will try making one at some point. I am still working on just getting squares all lined up and picking out fabrics to look nice together. This book looks lovely!

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

  60. I enjoy looking at samplers, but usually end up making baby sized blankets with wide sashing. 🙂 I love making blocks and turning them into mini quilts, too.

  61. I enjoy looking at samplers, but usually end up making baby sized blankets with wide sashing. 🙂 I love making blocks and turning them into mini quilts, too.

  62. I've only made a couple of samplers, because they were different. One was all Japanese blocks and the other was the Vice Versa quilt, but with all Halloween fabrics. That was a lot of fun but still sits as a quilt top. Thanks for the chance to win.

  63. My first QAL was a sampler and it was a good way to learn piecing skills. The look of a sampler seems too busy too me. I used my sampler to practice FMQ and it was great for that because I didn't really love it. I might like them better if I used fewer different fabrics or a limited colour scheme. I would probably select the blocks I liked from this book.

  64. I have never made a sampler; having given it some thought I don't think I'd really wish to right now. BUT! I was thinking I'd like to make a quilt using sister blocks in contrasting colors and juxtapose them to fill a whole top.

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