It seems that Quilt Blocks seem to be “the” topic on the blog this week! I hope you’re already stitching away on your January Blocks! Today I’m going to chat a bit about the new book, Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany, and show you some blocks that I made from the patterns in her book.
A couple of years ago I attended my first International Quilt Market. If you’re not familiar with it, it is an show that is designed for the trade, not the public. Twice a year fabric companies, publishers and other manufacturers gather to present their products to shop owners and other companies interested in carrying their products.
Spring Quilt Market 2014 was the first time that I attended the event. I knew a few people but was still pretty nervous about going. I was so happy that I went mostly because I was able to chat with, and get to know so many great people that weekend, one of them was AnneMarie.
We ate yummy food, walked the market floor and chatted about kids, quilts and books. She was just in the beginning process of deciding to write a book, and we chatted a lot about the process, timing, etc… I heard from her a few months ago and was so excited to see that her book is now a reality!
The book is called Sister Sampler Quilts.
In the book you’ll find 25 interchangeable blocks set in “sisters”. Sister blocks are pretty much two different versions of the same block, but sewn in different ways. For example, one block may have a white background and the other block may have a multi colored background, but they are the same blocks as far as construction goes.
Since I’m working on a few sampler quilts myself right now, I was really excited to read her book.
The directions are spot on and really easy to understand. She includes a lot of great techniques in the book and covers the basics very well.
I think what I loved the most was the way she set the blocks into the quilts when she was finished. Such clever layouts that I never would have thought of but absolutely love.
You can see a couple of the layouts in the photo above.
I chose to make the Aunt Eliza’s Star Blocks.
I ended up stitching the blocks in two different fabric colorways from some of my Wonderland scraps. I then added borders to the blocks to make pillows.
There are instructions in the book to make the blocks in 9″ or 12″ sizes, I chose to make the 12″ blocks then add additional borders to the block.
One block I sized up to 18″ for an 18″ pillow form.
and the other block I sized up to 15″
I then backed the blocks with batting, and stitched a very simple grid pattern onto the pillows.
I added a little bit of pom pom trim and zippered backs and VOILA the pillows were done!
Be sure to stop by her blog GenX Quilters for even more great quilt ideas and inspiration!
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Monday, January 18
Fons & Porter/F+W; $19.99