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.
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!