Monday, April 17, 2006

Sampler Quilts


I have enjoyed the sampler quilts I have seen lately on the Mavericks blogs. I love the look of sampler quilts but have never really enjoyed making them. The settings some of you come up with are “wow” settings. Mine always seem to be the typical straight sashing which in the end makes my sampler’s boring. Two of our local quilt stores have the $5 block a month. I did one of these, finished the quilt and decided not to do anymore. I didn’t mind doing the block each month. I just didn’t enjoy setting the blocks into a finished quilt in the end.
Same thing when you do a shop hop. I flew to western Florida last year to participate in their shop hop. We had so much fun and the rest of the girls collected the purple and green sampler block kits at each store but I decided not to. I didn’t want another sampler quilt that I would have to finish. I am showing a couple of pictures of samplers I have done. The blue and white one is the $5 one I did. I wasn’t overly excited about it and gave it to my neighbor for Christmas that year. The smaller one was a mystery quilt. It is done in miniature. I either followed it online or through a magazine.

7 comments:

Sharon said...

Hmm, hmmm, exactly my feelings about those blocks a month, too. I do like the blue one, but I really really really love the multicolored one at the bottom - the mystery quilt. The colors just make it sparkle!

Lucy said...

The mystery is a beauty !! I like the size and the way how you set them. The blue is also great.

Tonya R said...

I love orphan sampler quilts - blocks that aren't too matchy and all different sizes. Those thrill me. What an incredibly nice neighbor you are. Wish you were mine :)

Judy said...

I like them both, although I do prefer the more colorful one too. Sometimes I think we start something only to feel rather blah about it as it gets finished.

Patti said...

Are you familiar with Sharon Craig's books "Setting Solutions" and "Great Sets"? Both are dynamite books for ideas on how to set a collection of blocks other than the standard side-by-side rows. I love both of these, and refer to them often. Well worth the investment!

Dawn said...

I like them, but surprisingly I really like the gold, green and purple one!

Holly said...

They are both beautiful, but then again, I love sampler quilts. I like the variety of blocks as opposed to making the same block over and over.

Great authentic picture of Jess!