As a beginner, I didn’t like my sampler quilt much so a few years ago, I decided to make another. As much as I’m all for diversity in the quilt world, I still think this style of sampler is the best way to go for a beginner as it has most of the techniques they’ll be using for a while. I feel if they’re taught these techniques from the beginning, they’ll get a feel for what they like and don’t like as well as be more inclined to try a wider variety of quilting styles as they have a good grasp of the basics.
It has curves, appliqué (in this case machine with turned edges), standard machine piecing, foundation piecing, set in seams and strip piecing. The blocks are 12 inches. The blocks in my first sampler were 15 inches. We got a choice of 12 or 15 inches and we decided on the larger pieces as we were a bit scared of using small pieces. Got to laugh at that now as I feel anything over an inch is a large piece! Please excuse the green-ess of the photos, for some reason, the blog program doesn’t like tasteful olive greens! The sashing is incredibly sentimental to me. It’s a Jinny Beyer…and guess who ripped it off the bolt? Woo hoo! It was Jinny herself! I’ve kept the end strip of it with her DNA on it. That’s not creepy, just very, very cool! It makes me smile every time I see it in the fabric cupboard. Remember I’m an Aussie and I don’t get to see the gods and goddesses of the quilting world often.
It’s finished off with machine quilting and a random medium scale filler design for a border. I’m glad I went back to make a sampler I liked. It showed me just how far my skills have developed and I got to create blocks I don’t generally make. My quilts are usually very small pieces and a lot of them. Only using six colours/fabrics was interesting after using 60 plus in each quilt.
What style of quilt did you make for your first quilt?
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