Simple Sampler Quilt Along
We have teamed up with quilting author Kerry Green who you may know from her blog Very Kerry Berry and fabric shop Fabric HQ to bring you a simple sampler quilt along this winter. The sampler is designed for beginners, teaching you new skills as you progress ending with a beautiful lap quilt. However it’ll also be fun for more experienced quilters too, who may want to make two of each block to sew a single bed sized quilt (4 ft x 6 ft). View the full quilt in more detail here.
We’ll be using the hashtag #simplesamplerQAL if you would like to join in on social media.
We will be following the excellent tutorials written by Kerry which you can find here if you’d like a preview. Kerry has written an introductory post here with tips for making this quilt, choosing the fabrics and fabric requirements. The finished quilt is pictured below and you can find the fabric requirements here. We will be starting in October and stitching through to February, with a few weeks break for Christmas and New Year of course.
Both of us (Fiona and Julie) will be making the quilt, as will Fabric HQ. Fiona is making the single size quilt using Janet Clare fabrics. Julie will be making the lap quilt size using Art Gallery Fabrics and Fabric HQ will be using a new Dashwood collection – Distant Dreams – for their quilt. Click on our names to find our Instagram accounts to keep up to date with our progress. Kerry will be sharing photos of the quilt she made whilst writing the tutorials.
Why take part?
Skills - You will learn new skills from sewing simple squares, to triangles and foundation piecing. If you do the bonus cushion project you'll also learn quilt as you go. Plus you will learn how to put the quilt together at the end. The quilt features 12 different blocks.
Prizes – Fabric HQ will be kindly donating prizes for people taking part. Each month they will pick someone who has shared a progress picture on social media using the #simplesamplerQAL hashtag and give them either a fabric bundle or a £20 voucher to spend in their online shop. We have some pretty bundles of Stof fabrics that we’ll throw in as random spot prizes too.
Make new friends – You can use the #simplesamplerQAL hashtag to connect with other quilters taking part in the quilt along and share tips, advice and feedback. We can’t wait to see everyone’s pictures.
Beautiful Quilt – You will end up with a beautiful quilt at the end of the quilt along to keep you warm and snuggly the following winter. It will be finished right in time for Valentine’s Day if you want to make it for the one you love. There's even a bonus quilt as you go heart cushion you can make at the end.
Winter entertainment – What better to do than stay inside and sew when it’s too cold and wet to be going outside?
The schedule is below, we will be sharing the link to the next tutorial each Monday on our social media (links on top right of this page if you are not already following us). You can also find them below in case you want to work at a different speed to us. We will piece the quilt top between October and December, stopping for a few weeks break over Christmas and New Year. Of course you could use this time to catch up if you fall behind, or start planning your quilting for the New Year.
In mid-January we will pick it up again focusing on the sashing and borders, basting, quilting and binding. So by mid-February you will have a finished quilt. Plus who knows maybe you’ll win a prize along the way too...
You don't need to do anything to sign up, just check our social media on the evening on Monday 6th October and we'll share the first post. We'll be sharing a post each week at 8pm on the Monday evening. We're running it through social media.
If you joining in please do grab the image below (right click and then select save as...) to share on your blog or social media to let people know you are taking part.
Before Starting - Fabric guide
Have a read of Kerry's post on choosing fabrics if you would like tips to help pick your fabrics.
Lap Quilt - Minimum size 36” x 48” /92cm x 122cm, no sashing, no borders, 12 blocks and a 3x4 layout
Fabric needed - minimum 12 fat quarters based on a scrappy quilt
Throw or single size quilt - Minimum size 48” x 72” 122cm x 183cm, no sashing, no borders, 24 blocks and a 4x6 block layout.
Fabric needed - minimum 18 - 20 fat quarters (can include some half metres)
Week 1 (3rd October) – 2 blocks
In the first week we will be starting very simple sewing squares and rectangles together to make a 9 patch block and a bordered 4 patch block.
Week 2 (10th October) – 1 block
In the second week we will be adding in more pieces, making a log cabin block. These blocks are great for using up scraps.
Week 3 (17th October) – 1 block
The courthouse steps block is a similar construction to the log cabin but gives a different visual effect.
Week 4 (24th October) – 2 blocks
In the fourth week we advance onto triangles which are an essential component of quilt block design. You will use half square triangles to make the broken dishes and pin wheel blocks.
Week 5 (31st October) – 2 blocks
For the hour glass block you will learn how to sew quarter square triangles. You will also explore a different technique for sewing with triangles, flying geese.
Week 6 (7th November) – 1 block
Now that you have mastered triangles you will use those skills to make a saw tooth star block.
Week 7 (14th November) – 1 block
Since you have the basic shapes under control we now move onto foundation piecing which is not as scary as it sounds. The strings block tutorial will get you started with this new technique.
Week 8 (21st November) – 1 block
Moving onto other foundation pieced blocks you will learn how to make the economy square which is perfect for showcasing fussy cut designs.
Week 9 (28th November) – 1 block
Last but not least we explore other foundation piecing techniques to make the stunning ray of light block.
Week 10 (5th December) – Sashing and borders
Before we stop for the Christmas break we will learn how to put the blocks we’ve made together and add borders if you choose to have them in your quilt.
Break for Christmas and New Year.
Now is a great time to catch up on any blocks you haven’t finished, or get ahead of schedule by basting your quilt. Don't forget to share pictures of your progress to date on social media with the #simplesamplerQAL hashtag.
Enjoy Christmas and we will see you again in the New Year.
Week 11 (9th Jan) – Basting
How your quilt top is finished this tutorials shows you how to join the three layers of your quilt ready for quilting.
Weeks 11, 12 & 13 (16th, 23rd and 30th Jan) – Quilting
We’ve allowed a few weeks for this stage so you can decide on your quilting design and have time to quilt your whole quilt. Will you be going for an all over design or a different design for each block?
Week 13 (6th Feb) – Binding
Almost there now! Follow Kerry’s instructions to prepare your quilt for binding, and to achieve perfect binding.
Congratulations, you should now have a finished quilt. Take some pictures and show it off on social media. Don’t forget to use the #simplesamplerQAL hashtag so you get entered into our prize draw.
Finish 2nd week of Feb – Valentine’s Day.
Bonus project - if you are all finished with your quilt why not make this fab quilt as you go heart cushion with any left over fabric.