On Trend: Sampler Quilts

Sampler quilts have always been popular, and modern quilters have shown a special fondness for creating heirloom sampler quilts today.
Participating in a sampler quilt along is a terrific way for quilters to try out new techniques and fabric combinations. Hosting a sampler quilt along is a wonderful way for a shop to help new quilters along their quilting journey. Making a sampler quilt hosted by my local quilt shop was really the thing that helped me realize how much I loved quilting.

A couple of years ago I began working on the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird. I decided to make an all Fig Tree version using as many Fig Tree collections as I could in my blocks.

It was so fun to see how all the different collections played so wonderfully together!

Sometimes I mixed collections within blocks, and sometimes I used a single group of fabrics to create the blocks–either way, it all seemed to work together.

Andrea Marquez, who did the quilting, made every block shine!

Some of the simple blocks are my favorites…

Although I have many, many favorites in this quilt. What sampler quilt is on your list?

(There are a few more photos and a few more thoughts on this quilt over at my blog today)!

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13 comments on “On Trend: Sampler Quilts

  1. Mary Ann says:

    I did the 2012 BOM on Craftsy and am in the middle of the 2013 one. I buy the background fabric and then do the rest out of stash. Sometimes I have to get a bit creative.

  2. Southern Gal says:

    That’s just gorgeous.

  3. WOW!!!! It is beautiful. I have just started a modified Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt with 145 blocks – 15 down, 130 to go. At this stage I can’t imagine it looking as beautifully finished as yours. Well done! Tracey from cookquiltcrochet.blogspot.com.au

  4. I can’t imagine planning that; never mind quilting it. It is gorgeous!!

  5. Colleen says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. I love all your fabric choices and the setting and the quilting! Congratulations on a lovely quilt! Farmer’s Wife is on my list…someday!

  6. I have done numerous sampler quilts over the years and almost all were scrappy – they are always loved.

  7. susan718 says:

    absolutely stunning!!!

  8. Jeanna says:

    Stunning…heading to your blog now.

  9. Cindy Sharp says:

    The quilting is stunning. Well done.

  10. Melissa says:

    I love sampler quilts! I have designed 2 of my own so far and made 1 more from bee blocks collected. Sampler quilts are one of my favorite styles of quilting!

  11. Laura says:

    Beautiful work-piecing and quilting!!

  12. marogez says:

    Love it!! What a gorgeous job piecing an quilting. The Famer’s quilt is on my to do list.

  13. ShirleyC says:

    That is just stunning!

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