I told you last week that I had some extra time off due to being exposed to Covid. Well, I tried to make the best use of my time. I was on a finishing frenzy.
Here is my Red Sampler Quilt Along Finish.
I am not a sampler quilt maker so I surprised myself when I jumped on the bandwagon to make this.
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet fame is the host of the quilt along. You can find all of the information about it on her blog. You’ll have to scroll back to some of the older posts.
Each week we make three or so blocks…sometimes 12″ blocks and sometimes 6″ blocks.
I think what sucked me is was… that red was the color she was using and my red basket was pretty full.
Another thing that caught me. We were using her books to make the blocks. I had bought the books but I had never used them. I’ve had them since they first came out…but until then, I had never used them.
These are the books that we used:
Farm Girl Vintage One. Find it HERE.
Farm Girl Vintage Two. Find it HERE.
Vintage Christmas. Find it HERE.
Great Granny Squared. Find it HERE.
I think you could easily not purchase the Great Granny Squared book as we only made two blocks using it. I already had all of the other books so I ended up buying this one as I didn’t know how much we’d use it.
Lori suggests making a label using her Spelling Bee book (Find that HERE) but I opted to skip that.
I guess you could say I’m on a Lori Holt kick. The last four quilts I’ve finished have all been hers!!
I used a cream thread on top and back. I used my Hook and Feather for the motif.
Check out the backing. I love it. It’s a toile fabric.
I bought it at a vintage sale. I think it was originally curtains. I paid $7 for all of it. There was plenty for a backing.
Best yet…can you see where I spliced the two pieces together. If you look you can see it but it isn’t blazingly noticeable.
It is right in the center of the photo above. I thought it was a perfect backing.
Others did theirs with all the same background prints. Some didn’t put a sashing around their blocks. There are MANY different finishes. If you use Instagram you can check out the hashtag #redsamplerquiltalong.
I did mine in reproduction fabrics.
If I could go back and change something, I would not use that lighter fabric around the basket blocks. It’s okay and there is another block bordered with the same fabric but it was the one thing I would change.
All in all, I’m really happy with the quilt and so glad I finally used my Lori Holt books. I have to say it’s a HUGE contrast sewing things from Bonnie where Bonnie uses every little scrap and Lori Holt who bases her construction on ease of the quilter and isn’t as fabric waste-conscious. Many of the blocks from Lori’s book I constructed using my easy angle ruler and cut the fabric waste.
I had plenty of border fabric so I opted to bind with the same fabric.
When I showed the blocks as I was sewing them, several blog readers thought I had used brown in the quilt. I hadn’t. There are some dark reds but not browns.
I didn’t lay it out before I sewed the blocks together. I just sewed them in strips and then sewed the strips together hoping it might turn out…I think it turned out great.
So this one is being added to the stacks…I’m so glad I:
-stepped out of my box and sewed something by a designer I hadn’t sewn anything by before.
-made a sampler quilt which I’ve not done in ages.
-used the books that I purchased long ago.
-finished this right away.
All in all, this quilt is a WIN!!