Friday, November 21, 2014

Sampler Sets in Traditional Fashion

Cookie's Creek's version of my Dixie Diary BOM
12 Blocks Set with Sashing

I've been designing block-of-the-month (and block-of-the-week) samplers for several years for my various blogs and books. I'm thinking about sets for next year' series on my Civil War Quilts blog so I've been collecting ideas. I've often used some basic sets.

20 Blocks set with sashing from my book Facts & Fabrications

Cass County (Missouri) Historical Society's
 version of my Butternut and Blue sampler.

But the stitchers who follow the samplers sometimes come
up with great sets.

Setting the blocks and sashing on point gives you a different look
(and a bigger quilt.)

Stitch & Knit's version of my 2012
Grandmother's Choice sampler of 36 blocks

She alternated half-square triangle blocks, which can give you
the look of  a strip set when sampler blocks and HST's are
set on point.

The alternate block

Lori Smith has used this set to great effect in her
Road to Freedom sampler pattern for 5" blocks.

Westering Women 

You get a diagonal set if the blocks are set on the square rather than on point.
This is a sampler I did for my guild several years ago.

Ruth in Dallas's prizewinning version of my 
Civil War Sampler

If you shade the alternate blocks correctly you 
get the illusion of a medallion quilt.

Back Home Again by Kaye England

Another good period look is a true strip set
in which the blocks are set on point with large
triangles. A striped print between them separates the strips.

Jo Morton and her Leesburg sampler.

Vintage quilt about 1870-1890

If you offset those block strips and forget the separating
strips you get the classic zig-zag set.

Here's a diagram of how the blocks are set in strips.

In this case the 12th block was cut in half
to finish out the edges. The photo is  was one
of those Pinterest orphans, floating around the
internet with no i.d. Maybe you know whose
clever design this is.
Rae found it. It's 
Dawna's Cherry Fizz Sampler
on her Dawna's Folk Art Flickr page

If you'd rather think innovatively Jen Kingwell's 
Gypsy Wife sampler set is
nothing but new!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Threads of Memory BOM Coming to a Close

Threads of Memory Sampler by Rosemary Youngs

Over on my Civil War Quilts blog we've been doing a free Block of the Month called Threads of Memory on the theme of the Underground Railroad and the history of slavery. The history
may be serious but the fabric choices are fun.

Above: Rosemary has set the January to October blocks with a Flying Geese set. The stars are all new designs based on traditional patchwork.

See the blog here:

Suzie at Oz Farmer is planning to use the same set
with the blocks she's made from my Voysey reproduction
prints Morris Modernized.

BeeJayM at the half way point.

The blocks began on the last Saturday of January, 2014
and will go till the last Saturday of December.

Model-maker Becky Brown has been making two sets of blocks each month. She designed
the Flying Geese set for one group of blocks.

Here's her spiky triangles sashing idea for the other set.
She'll alternate different stars.

When Jean Stanclift made these blocks
a few years ago we used a 
stars-in-the-sashing set.

The Civil War Quilts group has been meeting informally through the blog and our Flickr pages. I design the blocks and maintain the blog, Becky Brown and Dustin Cecil make the models. Dustin maintains the Flickr page.

Inspired by Becky's skills at fussy cutting you can
see a real style has developed in the group.


And then there is Dustin's set done only in tickings.

See more blocks and stripes at this post:

I must say the group works very well together. Each new Block of the Month we do (or Block of the Week) inspires some very creative uses of fabric and set designs.

Terry's designed her own set. This is Block 10
Britain's Star.

She's going to put each of the stars I designed
into another star. Quite clever.

Sheila is thinking about strips
of leftovers.

Keep your eyes on our Flickr page:

What's the plan for next year? Stay tuned.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

QuiltMania Comes to Visit

Last month I got a phone call from France. QuiltMania editor
Carol Veillon was on her way to the Houston quilt market.
 Could she drop by to interview me?

This Friday????

I corralled some willing friends (fans of the magazine) to help dress the set
at the new house.

We hung our Paducah prize-winning dog quilt.

Quilts everywhere...

After a flurry of activity things looked pretty good.

Carol was primarily interested in my antique quilt collection.

They photographed a few reproduction quilts.

Here is photographer Guy working with one of Roseanne's Smith's
star quilts.

Combination Log Cabin/Crazy about 1900
The new living room became a photography studio.
Is this not a fabulous quilt? I've got room to hang a lot of quilts now.

Zig-Zag quilt of 60 degree diamonds, about 1915.

I never get to see these so it was great to see them up.

Carol and I went through the quilt closet.
Deb and Linda hung quilts and Deb photographed.

Here's a mid-19th century ten-pointed star.

Pretty soon all was in gorgeous disarray

But we all had fun, including Dottie Barker.

We are planning the article for spring, 2015

See QuiltMania's English page here:

See more about the reproduction Birds in the Air quilt in the last photo here:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Fabric in Quilts I Didn't Make (yet)

Sister's Paint Box 
by Carla at Cora Quilts 

Carla had two packs of Moda precuts: My repro line Metropolitan Fair and Paint Box by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts.

She was pleased to see how well they complemented each other so she
used them to make this quilt from a how-to by Bonnie Hunter. I love her binding
of the stripe from Metropolitan Fair.

The pattern has several names. BlockBase says
Sister's Choice  and Greek Cross from the Kansas City Star
New England Block.
The BlockBase numbers are 1802a
(Don't forget the "a" when you type in a numerical query)

See Carla's post here:

And the Woolen Needle has a pattern and
a kit for the quilt they call Ladies' Aid 
using another variation of the vintage pattern.

They chose my fabric line
Ladies' Album.

And it looks like #8280-17 is the border print

I'm guessing she used this two-block variation of the same design:
BlockBase #1001, commonly called Snowball.

See more about the quilt here:

Jan Hutchison framed a medallion as a presentation
quilt using a chintz print from my Lately Arrived from
London collection a few years ago.

Check her blog post where you can see the masterful quilting better.