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Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Finish}

This quilt finish was a long standing WiP, 100 weeks to be specific. It took me forever to finish the 1/2″ quilting on this quilt. I am so thrilled with the addition of the pink binding and to finally finish the quilt and the tutorial series, this past week.

Spoonflower Sampler Quilt

I had a great journey with this quilt:

  • I started this way back during Sewdown Nashville, where I met Melanie Tuazon for my first time. I have found great quilty friends in this experience.
  • I discussed some of the complexities in my original design, with Melanie and finished that first block (Broken Chevrons).
  • My first sampler quilt.
  • I taught these blocks, as a 4-part series at Spoonflower in 2014. It was my first quilting class, I taught.
  • It was the first quilt I had sponsored (by Spoonflower). All the fabric was supplied.
  • I was able to write my first guest blog post on HST (half-square triangles).
  • All the blocks are all available now as free tutorials.

I simplified two of the blocks (6 & 7) and changed block 9 slightly from this original design.

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The other thing I changed, was the addition of sashing between the blocks, and the slight offset in row 2. The offset is from no sashing between blocks 4 & 5 as I liked the fluidity of these blocks together. I added extra sashing on the right edge.

SqueekCrafts_Sampler_Quilt

For the back, I want to use some of the extra neutrals I had left over with pull in the triangle designs from the front. I landed up with this improv. off-set cross with nested flying geese (made from left over HST’s). I almost love the back more than the front….I love the minimalism.

Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Back

For the quilting, I wanted to use the Inset Triangle block (block 8) as the initial focus. You can see the quilting lines have this arrow pointing down  – this effect was using this block. All the quilting is 1/2″ straight lines, created with my walking foot. I used Aurifil #2021 (Off-White) for the fantastic texture.

Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Casual

Details

Name: Spoonflower Sampler Quilt
Design:
Designed by me
Fabric: Spoonflower Fabrics (listed here).
Dimensions: 40″ x 40″
Quilted: Straight Line quilting, Aurifil 50wt #2021

Tutorials

It’s a great quilt to make if you want to practice accuracy of piecing with 1/2″ pieces, play with HST, half-rectangle triangles, diamonds and some paper piecing. All the blocks to make this quilt can be found here.

Please Note: If you every make the sampler or any of the blocks use #spoonflowersamplerquilt and/or link back to the tutorial. Michelle Wilkie @ Factotum of Arts”.

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Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 9: HST & Stripes}

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This block is a little different from the others as there are no fixed layouts. It is just a combinations of Half-Square Triangles and striped blocks.

Materials and Cutting Instructions

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Green)   Scraps
  • Six (6) 1.5” x 3.5” pieces
 Fabric B (Dark Blue)   Scraps
  • Six (6) 1.5” x 3.5” pieces
 Fabric C (Orange)  Scraps
  • One (1) 6” square
 Fabric D (Light Blue)  Scraps
  • One (1) 6” square
 Fabric E (Grey)  Scraps
  • One (1) 6” square
 Fabric F (Neutral)  Scrap or Fat Eighth
  • One (1) 6” square
  • Twelve (12) 1.5” x 3.5” pieces

Making your block

Half-Square Triangles (total of 8 HST)

Use the 6″ Squares (in the 4 colours) to make two (2) sets of HST colors using method 1 in this tutorial. Note: you will land up with four (4) 3.5″ HST per color way.

Stripes (total of 8 Striped blocks)

The stripe blocks are very simple. In my block, I made two (2) of each alternating stripe blocks, mixing the order of the colored 1.5″ x 3.5″ strips with the white 1.5″ x 3.5″ strips.
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Finishing your block

This is now your choice on the placement of your 16 pieces.  Here are a couple of other ideas:
Block9of9_Sampler(2)   Block9of9_Sampler(3)

Block9of9_Sampler(4) Block9of9_Sampler

You will have a finished block 12″ (unfinished 12.5″).

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:

Please Note: If you every make the sampler or any of the blocks use #spoonflowersamplerquilt and/or link back to the tutorial. Michelle Wilkie @ Factotum of Arts”.

 

 

Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 8: Inset Squares}

InsetSquares

I love this block as it looks complicated but actually really simple to put together. It also leverages Half-Square Triangle techniques from previous blocks.

Materials and Cutting Instructions

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (White)   Scrap
  • Five (5) 4.5” squares
 Fabric B (Dark Blue)   Scraps
  • One (1) 4.5” square
  • Two (2) 2.5” square
  • Three (3) 3.5” square
 Fabric C (Orange)  Scraps
  • One (1) 4.5” square
  • Two (2) 2.5” square
  • Three (3) 3.5” square
 Fabric D (Light Blue)  Scraps
  • One (1) 4.5” square
  • Two (2) 2.5” square
  • Three (3) 3.5” square
 Fabric E (Green)  Scraps
  • One (1) 4.5” square
  • Two (2) 2.5” square
  • Three (3) 3.5” square

Making your block

Corner Blocks

As you see the white square are surrounded by corners that are solid and corners that have two colors “split colored corners”. For the split colored corners you will need to make up 12 HST blocks measuring 2.5”.

CornerBlock

  1. First off, decide on your color palette and your placement of colors.
  2. Take two 3.5” blocks of the colors that you know will be one of the split color corners. For this example, I will choose the top left corners which is light blue and dark blue.
    CornerBlock(1)
  3. Follow method 2 in this blog post to sew, cut and trim the 2.5” HST.
  4. Take these two HST and one light blue and dark blue 2.5″ square. On the back draw a line on the back across the diagonal. This will be the stitch line.
    HST_with_markedline
  5. Line up the HST blocks with the corner of the white square corners. Place both HST on the opposite diagonals. Sew along the marked line.
    Split_Corners
    Trim the corners by a 1/4 ” on the outer edge. Press seams open.
  6. Repeat the process on the other diagonal with the 2.5″ squares.
    HST(2)
  7. The corner blocks will look like this:
    HST(3)
  8. Repeat the process for all 4 corner blocks and the center block (note that the center block uses 4 HST blocks, no 2.5″ blocks of one color).
    Note: in total you will make twelve (12) 2.5″ HST blocks (2 on each the 4 corners and 4 for the center block))

Finishing your block

  1. To make the larger quarter triangles you will need line up the center block, and corner blocks first.
    Block8of9_sampler(1)
  2. Now place the appropriate colored 4.5″ squares in the middle (denoted by the large white squares above.
    Block8of9_sampler(2)
  3. Sew each block in each row together, press seams.
  4. Sew together each row, lining up each if the blocks to make sure your larger quarter triangles also line up smoothly. Press seams.

You now have a finished block 12″ (unfinished 12.5″).

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:

Please Note: If you every make the sampler or any of the blocks use #spoonflowersamplerquilt and/or link back to the tutorial. Michelle Wilkie @ Factotum of Arts”.

 

Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 7: Diamonds in the Rough}

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This is the seventh block in the series – Diamonds in the Rough (finished 12″ block).

Materials and Cutting Instructions

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Citrus)   Scrap or Fat Eighth
  • Six (6) 2.5” x 5” rectangles
 Fabric B (Dark Blue)   Scraps or Fat Eighth
  • Three (3) 2.5” x 5” rectangles
 Fabric C (Orange)  Scraps
  • Three (3) 1.5” x 4.5” rectangles
 Fabric D (Light Blue)  Scraps
  • Four (4) 1.5” x 4.5” rectangles
 Fabric E (Grey)  Scraps
  • Twelve (12) 1.5” x 4.5” rectangles
 Fabric F (Neutral)  Scrap or Fat Eighth
  • Thirty-four (34) 1.5” x 3” pieces

Making your block

There is two parts of making the complete block, the stripes and the diamond pieces.

The Diamonds

You will finish with 6 Citrus diamonds and 3 Dark Blue Diamonds.
FinishedDiamonds

  1. The first step of making the diamond piece is to appropriately mark your pieces to ensure accurate piecing. For the diamond fabric piece (3.5” x 5”), you will need to mark out the ¼ seam marks.
    Diamond_piece
  2. Mark the ¼” on the end of the 1.5” x 3” neutral pieces. These are the pieces that will make the corners of the diamond shape.
    MarkedStrips
  3. Lay the neutral strips ¼ in over the line, matching the edge markings with the drawn diagonal line you drew. Stitch along the line, making a ¼” seam.
    FirstCornersSewn
  4. Press the seams.
    TrimmingFirstCorners
  5. Use the edges of the diamond fabric to trim the block.
    FirstCornersTrimmed
  6. Repeat the process with the other two corners.
    TrimmingSecondCorners
  7. Trim your corners.
    SingleBlock
  8. The final size of the diamond block is 2.5” x 4.5”. When trimming ensure you leave at least ¼ from point to the edge of fabric. This will be your seam allowance.

The Stripes

  1.   Join the following 1.5″ x 4.5″ pieces together: Grey, Light Blue, Orange, Grey (in this order – 4 part stripes). Press seams. Repeat 3 times.
  2. Take one (1) grey and one (1) light blue 1.5″ x 4.5″ piece, stitch together and press seams (2 part stripes).
  3.  You should now have five (5) single grey 1.5″ x 4.5″ pieces left.

Finishing your block

 

  1. First row, sew together the following pieces/parts: 1 dark blue diamond > 4 part stripes > 1 citrus diamond > 1 single grey stripe > 1 citrus diamond > 1 2 part stripes.
  2. Second row, sew together the following pieces/parts: 1 single grey stripe > 1 citrus diamond > 1 single grey stripe > 1 citrus diamond > 4 part stripes > 1 dark blue diamond
  3. Third row, sew together the following pieces/parts: 1 dark blue diamond > 4 part stripes > 1 citrus diamond > 1 single grey stripe > 1 citrus diamond > 1 single grey stripe
  4. Sew rows two & three together. Press seams.
  5. Line up right side edge of row one & two together.  Sew together. Press seams. Finish by trimming the dark blue diamond down.

 

Block7of9

You now have a finished block 12″ (unfinished 12.5″).

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:

Please Note: If you every make the sampler or any of the blocks use #spoonflowersamplerquilt and/or link back to the tutorial. Michelle Wilkie @ Factotum of Arts”.

Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 6: Cheshire Checker Board}

Checked_Stripe_Block

The striped part of this block reminds me of the Cheshire Cat, combined with the checker board look – I like the zany side of this block.

Materials and Cutting Instructions

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Neutral)   Scrap or 5″ charms
  • Four (4) 4.5″ squares
 Fabric B (Green)   Scraps or Fat Eighth
  • Eight (8) 3″ Squares
  • Two (2) 1.5″ x 42″ strips
 Fabric C (Orange)  Scraps
  • Two (2) 3″ Squares
  • Two (2) 1.5″ x 42″ strips

Making your block

You will need to make 5 striped blocks and use the Neutral 4.5″ squares to make the checker board look.

For the Striped Blocks (repeat x 5):

  1. For each square, you will need two (2) of the HST (Half Square Triangle) paper piecing templates. The dotted line is for the 1/4″ seam allowance. Use your preferred paper piecing technique.
  2. Take the 3″ squares and place over the #1 of the template, making sure you allow a 1/4 seam all around.
  3. Take the alternative color 1.5″ strip and place RST (Right Sides Together) making sure you include a 1/4 seam allowance. Stitch in place, trim the 1/4″ seam allowance and the strip length allowing enough to cover #2 of the template. Press the strip back into place.
  4. #3-6 add alternating 1.5″ strips. Trim the block.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for the second HST template.
  6. Match the HST lines together, pin baste in place (or glue). Sew the HST together using a 1/4″ seam. Press using your chosen technique (to reduce bulk I recommend pressing open).

Note: the center block, I changed up the order of the fabrics, using the orange 3″ squares instead of the green 3″ squares.

Finishing your block

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  1. Start by laying out your block. Row 1 & 3 = Striped block, Neutral Square, Striped Block; Row 2 = Neutral Square, Striped Block, Neutral Square.
  2. Sew together the each row. Press seams.
  3. Line up each of the squares in row 1 & 2, and pin baste (or glue). Sew together. Press seams.
  4. Add row 3 to the bottom of row 2, lining up each of the squares, pinning in place. Sew together. Press seams. Produces an unfinished 12 1/2″ square.

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:

I, also,  hope to have the last 3 blocks posted this week. Just in time for the big reveal of the finished quilt (100 weeks after I started – you may have already seen it on Instagram today :-)).

Please Note: If you every make the sampler or any of the blocks use #spoonflowersamplerquilt and/or link back to the tutorial. Michelle Wilkie @ Factotum of Arts”.

 

 

Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 5: Formula One (finish line)}

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Materials and Cutting Instructions

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Citrus)   Scrap or
thin jelly roll strip
  • One (1) 1 1/2” x 32”
 Fabric B (Dark Blue)   Scrap or
thin jelly roll strip
  • One (1) 11/2″ x 32”
 Fabric C (Orange)  Scrap
  • Three (3) 3 1/4” x 5” rectangles
 Fabric D (White)   Fat eighth
  • Two (2) 1 1/2” x 32”
  • Three (3) 3 1/4” x 5” rectangles

Planning your block

In this folder, is a blank map for your block. Use colored pencils to plan out your fabric selections.

NOTE: I recommend planning this block with block 4.

Making your block

For making this block, you will be making it as three separate components (Citrus flag, Blue flag, and Half Rectangle Triangles HRT), before joining together to make the final block.

For the Citrus flag (Green and White strips):

  1. Take the 1 1/2″ x 32″ strips of Fabric A & D, and place them right sides together (RST).
  2. Sew a 1/4″ seam down the length of the strip, press seams open.
  3. Cut the strip in 1/2 at 16″. Sew the two halves together, making sure you are alternating the strips. Press seams open. You now have 4 alternating color strips.
  4. Cut the 1/2 at 8″. Sew the two halves together, making sure you are alternating the strips. Press seams open. You now have 8 alternating color strips.
  5. Cut three (3) strips of 2 1/2″. With each of the strips, sort them and place them in the order, so that the first and third rows start with Fabric D. The second row will start with Fabric A.
  6. Sew the rows together. Press seams open. Unfinished size: 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.

For the Blue flag (Blue and White)

  1. Take the 1 1/2″ x 32″ strips of Fabric B & D, and place them right sides together (RST).
  2. Sew a 1/4″ seam down the length of the strip, press seams open.
  3. Cut the strip in 1/2 at 16″. Sew the two halves together, making sure you are alternating the strips. Press seams open. You now have 4 alternating color strips.
  4. Cut the 1/2 at 8″. Sew the two halves together, making sure you are alternating the strips. Press seams open. You now have 8 alternating color strips.
  5. Cut three (3) strips of 2 1/2″. With each of the strips, sort them and place them in the order, so that the first and third rows start with Fabric B. The second row will start with Fabric D.
  6. Sew the rows together. Press seams open. Unfinished size: 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.

For the HRT:

  1. You will need six (6) HRT measuring 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished. Please follow this tutorial (see bottom of the page) using the 3 1/4″ x 5″ Rectangles of Fabric C & D.
    NOTE: I recommend reading through the whole tutorial and think about the placement of your colors – you will need to position your fabrics correctly for the right placement.
  2. Sew the six (6) HRT together in a strip (checking correct direction/placement). Press seams open. Unfinished strip should be 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.

Finishing your block

  1. In this final step,  join all three previous components together, starting with the Citrus flag to the Blue flag (Figure 1). Press seams open.
    Block5_FinalBlock
    Figure 1: Joining the pieces to form the final block
  2. Finally, add the combined flag block to the HRT’s. Press seam open and your block is complete. Unfinished 12 1/2″ square.

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:

Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 4: Formula One (on the track)}

The overall Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Top can be seen here, along with links to the fabric used. Below are the instructions for block 4 of 9.
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Materials and Cutting Instructions

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Light Blue)   Scrap
  • One (1) 1 1/2” x 30”
 Fabric B (Green)   Scrap
  • One (1) 11/2″ x 28”
 Fabric C (Grey)  Scrap
  • Three (3) 3 1/4” x 5” rectangles
 Fabric D (White)   Fat eighth
  • One (1) 1 1/2” x 30”
  • One (1) 1 1/2” x 28”
  • Three (3) 3 1/4” x 5” rectangles

Planning your block

In this folder, is a blank map for your block. Use colored pencils to plan out your fabric selections.

NOTE: I recommend planning this block with block 5.

Making your block

For making this block, you will be making it as three separate components (horizontal stripes, vertical stripes and Half Rectangle Triangles HRT), before joining together to make the final block.

For the Vertical Stripes (Green and White strips):

  1. Take the 1 1/2″ x 28″ strips of Fabric B & D, and place them right sides together (RST).
  2. Sew a 1/4″ seam down the length of the strip, press seams open.
    NOTE: It is important that you sew a straight line as wonky seams will be noticeable.
  3. Cut the strip in 1/2 at 14″. Sew the two halves together, making sure you are alternating the strips. Press seams open.
  4. Trim the length of the strips to 12 1/2″. Unfinished size: 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.

For the Horizontal Stripes (Light Blue and White)

  1. Take the 1 1/2″ x 30″ strips of Fabric A & D, and place them RST.
  2. Sew a 1/4″ seam down the length of the strip, press seams open.
  3. Cut the strip in 1/2 at 15″. Sew the two halves together, making sure you are alternating the strips. Press seams open. You now have 4 alternating color strips.
  4. Cut the 15″ strip into three (3) 4 1/2″ squares. Piece each square together, joining so the lines are running horizontal.
  5. Press the seams open. Unfinished strip should be 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

For the HRT:

  1. You will need six (6) HRT measuring 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished. Please follow this tutorial (see bottom of the page) using the 3 1/4″ x 5″ Rectangles of Fabric C & D.
    NOTE: I recommend reading through the whole tutorial and think about the placement of your colors – you will need to position your fabrics correctly for the right placement.
  2. Sew the six (6) HRT together in a strip (checking correct direction/placement). Press seams open. Unfinished strip should be 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.

Finishing your block

  1. In this final step,  join all three previous components together, starting with the horizontal stripes to the vertical stripes to the HRT (Figure 1).
    Block4_FinalBlock
    Figure 1: Joining of the three components
  2. Press seams open and your block is complete. Unfinished 12 1/2″ square.

Hope you enjoy the block, let me know if you have any questions. Come back tomorrow for block 5 and Thursday for Block 6.

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials: