Rising Sun Quilt Block-Sampler Quilt


This is the last block in this 19th century sampler quilt.  The block is the Rising Sun from the period just before the Civil War.  It was one of the few block patterns that had a name during that period.  I looked for a long time for this pattern on the internet but could not find a free pattern for it.  I was also having a hard time locating a pattern for it in my collection that was not a large size block.  I did find a 13 inch block pattern for the rising sun.  I had to redraft it to fit in a 12 inch finished square. I then printed it out on artist tracing paper so I could paper piece it. It is an easy design to paper piece.


I made four copies of this on artist tracing paper.  I cut out the eight pieces.  This pattern is worked in sections.  I marked the light and dark sections and numbered them in the order that they would be paper pieced.  That kept me organized and less likely to make a mistake in order.  I finished the sections.


This is how they are assembled. I had to hand baste them first because of how stiff the pieces are with paper in them.  I needed the lines to follow the curve so I did not pull the paper out until after they were assembled.  Also hand basting allows me more control over how the points are worked in. I didn’t have the time to fiddle with all the diamonds so they were perfect.  I rather liked the rustic look of the piece and some of that will quilt out and not be noticed.



It was time to make the center.  I used a round small bowl that was the right size to draft the circle. The paper was pulled off of the back of the center sections before I started. I left the paper on the outer sections so I would have a line to follow later.  Then I pinned it in the center to applique. I turned under the edges as I pinned.  I will make sure my points are nice and pointy and the circle will not be perfectly round but close.  If I did it a perfect circle some of my points would be cut off or not touching the center which is more noticeable then a slightly wonky circle.



I used a round 10 inch plate to make my next pattern piece.  I traced the curve on a corner of a piece of paper leaving plenty of space for squaring up the block.  I also used one of the sections as a guide for the size. Remember in the 1840’s women used what ever they had to help make a curved pattern.  They figured it out even with out being able to read or write. A string and a couple of pins could make an arch.  You could even score the paper with the pin if you didn’t want to attempt it with a pen.


I sewed the 4 sections together and checked to make sure the circle was the right size to fit around the block. It was a little too big so I took a bigger seam to correct that.  Sorry about the smug on the lens but I did want to show that all you do is lay it down over your block.  You will be able to tell because you need the circle to be smaller then where the points end.


I sewed the curve by basting it first.  You don’t have to baste but I like to have all my points sharp and this way works well for me.  I don’t have all those pins to worry with as I sew.  I just follow my thread line.  I pulled the rest of the paper off after I was done.  Steamed pressed it and squared it up to 12 1/2 inches.


Now I will start on the quilting.  I will sash these blocks and layer them with backing.  I plan to do this in sections and bind them together.  There is  30 blocks in this quilt.  When I am done the quilt will be queen size.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. That is an amazing amount of work for one block! But it looks beautiful. I’m looking forward to seeing how you arrange the blocks.


  2. trkingmomoe says:

    Actually it took less time then some of the others I did for this quilt. I needed one more round pattern to balance the quilt.

    Thanks for your comment.


  3. ChgoJohn says:

    You really do create some beautiful pieces. I wouldn’t dream of attempting them buy I do find the process fascinating.


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Wait until I show how this is put together. It isn’t like you expect. I do the quilting in sections first.

      You are always welcome to stop in.


  4. So pretty, thanks for the tutorial. “Some day” I hope to do blocks like this. Can’t wait to see how the quilting looks!


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It just takes practice. I didn’t fiddle with this one because I ran out of time. I do a blog twice a month for Daily Kos and I had to get this finished to post. I am real pleased with it.

      Thanks for stopping in.


  5. quilt32 says:

    This is a sensational block.


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thanks. The fascinating thing is they made this block and the mariners compass early in our quilt history before the civil war..Getting those sections to line up is a challenge. ..


  6. Najlaa says:

    It seems hard but you make it so simple


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Quilting should never be hard. It should always be enjoyable. It is the process that I like the most and I guess it shows.

      Thanks so much for your comment.


  7. debmoyes says:

    Great design! I like your cheddar colored fabric very much.


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      The cheddar fabric was a gift from a friend that moved and could not take all her fabric with her. She had a nice collection of reproduction fabrics bought in the 1990’s. When I started I thought this quilt would make a big dent in them only the bin is still just as full. LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  8. skalabara says:

    Thanks for sharing your tutorial. It looks soooo easy, maybe I should give it a try!


  9. I love this block! I am hoping to get back into quilting this winter.


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thanks. This block was a hard one because of all the bias edges. I am working on a double wedding ring right now out of just small scraps. I haven’t quilted in several years and you are right It is hard to get back to it. Thanks for your comment.


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