Today is the start of our Building Foundations Sampler Quilt Along! (The name comes from our business tag line; which is “Built Upon Classic Foundations”.)
I love sampler quilts! I made a Dear Jane quilt and it is by far my biggest piecing achievement! The sad part is, I can’t have it on the bed because our 60 pound dog sleeps with us. He can sleep on any other quilt in the house, but I draw the line with my Jane quilt!
So I am going to build a sampler quilt (and make a King size quilt that we can use!) and I’d love it if you made one along with me! (Grab the button above for your blog or FB page). Every other week, I will introduce a new 9″ block with instructions. Doris and I will both make a version and share the photos here.
I set up a Flickr group for those in the QAL to post pics of their own blocks as we go: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2244546@N25/ For those that share blocks in the Flickr group, there will be some giveaways along the way. 🙂
Join us, invite your friends, and share this on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… the more the merrier!
QAL Questions, Answered:
One question came up about how much background fabric we recommend. I purchased 3 yards to make sure I like the fabric that I chose and plan to buy 5 more off the same bolt of fabric. (Doris purchased five yards of white off the same bolt). This is my word of caution about using white (which I totally love). If you are using white make sure it is the same white, (brand and color) keep it away from your other whites. All white fabric is not created equally, and it may look alike today, but “trust” me, it will not wash or age alike. Take a look at some aged quilts, not even antiques with an assortment of white fabrics and you will find the white are not the same color of white & some look transparent. Doris found this out the hard way, with a laundry catastrophe, about three weeks ago. -TK
Can I use scraps? You bet–we LOVE scrappy quilts, and some of our blocks are scrappy, but our background remains consistent. However, if you have a bunch of light scraps, say shirting prints, that you want to use for your background, you could definitely cut your background from the scrap bin, too! Or use a different background for each block–just keep contrast and value in mind, and you’ll make a great looking quilt! -DB