Friday, March 18, 2016

PVQA March Block of the month "Spring Sampler" and give away!

Details for the give away are at the bottom of the post!

 Spring Sampler Block                                    8.5 “ unfinished

 Sometimes it's nice just to make the BOM a Sampler!  Everyone can choose their own favorite block or try something new!  I'm calling it our Spring Sampler with this fun Aunt Grace print by Judie Rothermel.  The grey back ground makes it look possibly 30's or Modern and the print could even be a Mid Century modern, a really fun print to play with!

I'm also posting over at Sarah's "Can I get a Whoop Whoop Friday" at Confessions of a Fabric Addict" linky party 'cause i'm so glad I got this posted done this week! Check it out here

Make an 8.5” (unfinished) block, any style;  pieced, appliqued etc. of any block design of your choice. Use the print provided and the white fabric for background.  You may add one additional fabric print or solid that compliments the colors in the provided print (yellow, red, spring green, grey or black).
Below are three of my test blocks and a patch of the print set in squares.  This is one of my favorite ways to set sampler blocks!
Here's how I pieced two of my Test blocks.  Anvil on the left and Modified Churn Dash on the right.
Here are some other ideas:
It was easy to make my two test blocks in tandem.  I counted up all the 2.5" HST I'd need for both those blocks and sewed them at the same time.
I like to cut my HST a little big and then trim them down for more accuracy.  The initial squares were cut at 3".
Trimed down to 2.5"
The rest was easy!
Center squares were cut at 4.5"
Rectangles cut at 2.5" x4.5"
Corner squares cut at 2.5"
I have a couple of old favorites when I'm looking for Blocky inspiration.
I especially like the "Quilting  & Patchwork Dictionary" because all the blocks are illustrated in a grid format so the math is easy!
I've purchased all thes books used, great values!
Applique is not my strong suit but I thought to be a good model to my students I would make an appliqué designed block as well.
The circular motifs made great flowers!  I think the sky needs a bluebird or something?!

And now for the Give away!  A jelly roll of reproduction prints (not sure of the manufacturer)  I've had it for awhile.  The're really nice prints but I find I just don't used jelly rolls all that much.  All you need to do is leave me a comment about your favorite go-to block!  And if you sign up to follow on any one of the sites on my side bar you'll be entered twice! 
Thanks for Stopping by!
Happy weekend!
Cheers, Claire W.


  1. Thanks for recommending the Quilting and Patchwork Dictionary. I'll try to find a copy. I love your print fabric with the grey background, and also your idea of setting sampler blocks as square in a square. I haven't made sampler blocks but I will remember than if/when I ever do.

    --Nancy. (ndmessier @,

  2. One of my favorite go-to blocks is pinwheel, though a churn dash quilt is on my list of want-to-makes. I don't use a lot of jelly rolls myself, but our new quilt ministry group could make good use of them. New group, not much fabric in our stash. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

  3. Follow you by email, I love the disappearing nine patch

  4. I'm going to say my go-to is the Log Cabin in all its reincarnations. You can make it as precisely or as freeform as you like.

  5. My favorite block is the Dresden Plate.

  6. My favorite go-to block is a rail fence. No lines to draw or dog ears to trim off, and it is so versatile in its variations.

  7. I have become real fond of the square in a square block... The "Math" is a breeze and you can do sooooo much with the square in the center.

  8. I love the flying geese block. I have been following your blog with GFC.