Sampler resurfaces

Over the weekend, I pulled out a sampler project begun three years ago.

This quilt was born one evening in January 2010 when my Houston friend Rhonda sent an email asking for input about a beginning sampler class she was considering. Trouble was, she wasn’t feeling the love when she saw the sample quilt and asked whether she should take the class anyway.

I studied the photo of the sample quilt and found these blocks:

rail fence

rail fence

9-patch

9-patch

flying geese

flying geese

Irish chain

Irish chain

friendship star

friendship star

log cabin

log cabin

I launched Electric Quilt, found all the blocks and began working on a layout, arriving at this one, which includes all but the rail fence block:

Rhonda preferred the modified setting and increased contrast between the block patches in this option.

Rhonda preferred the modified setting and increased contrast between the block patches in this option.

Two days later on a plane to Houston, I did my math homework and double-checked yardage requirements for all the blocks, borders and backing.

We took the layout to the quilt store and spent about two hours plowing through fabrics to decide what combinations to use and where. We knew we were in deep when the shop owner brought out two chairs and cleared a table so we could work.

Rhonda loves red so we selected red and cream fabrics:

Rhonda's fabrics

For my quilt, I really wanted the experience of using a collection and finally found one in 2011 from Marcus Brothers called Cocheco Mills. Unable to find it locally, I ordered it from an online retailer and waited impatiently for it to arrive in the mail, upon which a significant amount of gushing ensued.

CM fabric1

CM fabric2

Top to bottom: outer border, inner border, backing.

Top to bottom: outer border, inner border, backing.

Our plan was to make the quilt together, long distance, setting deadlines and using email to keep up with each other’s progress. Despite the fact that kids, jobs and life got in the way of our plan, we both made progress–just not as quickly as we would’ve liked.

Tomorrow I’ll show you some of the completed blocks.

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2 responses to “Sampler resurfaces

  1. You’ll never believe it, but I’m just now working on a skill-based Block of the Month project for my beginner quilters who are ready for a slightly bigger challenge! And coincidentally, I chose many of the same blocks!! It will be fun to see what you come up with!!
    Would love some company, if you would, too – had my surgery this past Thursday, so am laying low…

  2. Rhonda

    Pretty! Now the pressure is on.

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