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…

Delectable Mountains Quilt Block- Sampler Quilt

In 1678, John Bunyan published the “Pilgrim’s Progress.”  It was an allegory based on the scriptures.  This book was the most widely read book for about 200 years besides the bible.  In fact it and the bible were probably the only two books in most homes. Many children was taught to read from this book….

Flower Basket Quilt Block Sampler Quilt Along

A sampler quilt always needs a basket block.  This one is called flower basket or scrap basket.  Ladies Art Co.  was the first to name this block flower basket.   It was block #57 in there 1898 catalog.  My block has a few more half squares in it then the original pattern because it was…

Triple Nine Patch/Single Irish Chain Quilt Block-Sampler Quilt

In the last post, I made a block from Barbara Brackman’s book American Printed Fabrics 1770-1890.  This block also came from the same book.  She calls it Triple Nine Patch.  We also know this block as a Single Irish Chain.  I have a link a quilt that was made in 1900 in browns and pinks….

Lost Ship Block-Sampler Quilt

I found this block pattern in Barbara Brackman’s book, America’s Printed Fabrics 1770-1890.   The block pattern is called Lost Ship. It is a pattern that shows up in quilts from the 1870’s and 1880’s.  It was given the name Lost Ships by Ladies Art Co. catalog  block #318 in 1898.  You can see the dark…

Liberty Quilt Block-Sampler Quilt

During the second have of the 19th century,  patriotic fabric  was printed.  Some of it was for political campaigns and some was for the celebration of July 4th.  People were given printed neckerchiefs and handkerchiefs at campaigns rallies to wear and use.  These fabrics would make their way into quilts.  I decided to add a…