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…

Carolina Lilly Quilt Block – Sampler Quilt

  I needed more novelty blocks for my sampler quilt to give it more visual appeal.  I actually didn’t want to do any applique blocks in the series because I feel that technique needs to be taught in several lessons.  So that will make a future diary series for our group at a later time….

Hexagons-Sampler Quilt

  Hexagons was one of the earliest patterns that the ladies brought with them from Europe.  They would make their hexagons by folding paper and cutting.  Once they had their hexagon that they liked from that, then they would trace and cut the amount they would need.  Scissors were an expensive item and so were…

Elisabeth Gurney Frye-How Quilting Came to Australia

Quilting has a rich history in America but many quilters don’t realize that Australia also has a strong history in quilting. It played a major part in the women’s role in helping to settle that country too.  It was all because of one women named Elizabeth Gurney Frye.

Finishing up the Mariners Compass

Last time I went over the Mariner’s Compass but did not show how to set it in a square.  The way you sew this is a little different then the Drunker’s Path.  Curves can be very intimidating. The Mariner’s Compass takes some patients but it is not as hard as it looks. I cut out…

Cats Cradle Quilt Block-Sampler Quilt.

I found this pattern on McCall’s Quilting web site.  It is a free pattern that you can copy.  http://www.mccallsquilting.com/qb/mccallsquilting/pattern_200/index.html The pattern is for a 12 1/2 inches block.  They offer it in the traditional layout in a quilt.  I chose to do an all blue block because blue and white quilts were often made because…

Birds in the Air Quilt Block- Sampler Quilt

I followed the Gourmet Quilter’s instructions but I didn’t have 10 inches squares or what they call in this country layer cake bundle.  I used my scraps and made it scrappy.   In this picture I still had a few places to fix.  That was just on the sewing the four squares together.  It made…

Feathered Star Quilt Block Part 2-Paper Piecing

  After I made the decision to use the paper pieced pattern from McCall’s Quilting web page, I printed out the PDF file.   I gave the link to the free pattern in part one of the feathered star.   I looked to see if I had any paper piecing paper left.  I could not…

Feathered Star Quilt Block Part 1

My 19th Century Sampler Quilt would not be complete without a Feathered Star.   This block is 14 1/2 inches unfinished and since I am using sashing on my 12 1/2 inches blocks to bring them up to 15 1/2 inches.  I am going to sash with unbleached muslin.  I used this as the background…

Log Cabin Quilt Block-Sampler Quilt

The Log Cabin quilt originated in Europe in the early 19th century or maybe a little earlier.  On the Island of Mann,  red and white wool was torn into strips and sewn in this pattern called ” The Roof Pattern.”  None of those quilts survive today but descriptions of this quilt is found in diaries….

Pine Tree Quilt Block-Sampler Quilt

  When making a sampler quilt, adding novelty blocks add interest to the over all quilt design.  Some sampler quilts add applique patterns to the mix but for this project I have decided not to and just stick with pieced blocks.  I set out to find some patterns that would fit the bill.  I wanted…