Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

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    Make the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt

    Sampler Quilt Patterns
    Make the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt. Janet Wickell

    About the Sampler Quilt

    In 2007, I wrote twelve block patterns for a sampler quilt that marked my first anniversary of writing the Quilting site. It was very popular, and I've had lots of requests for more. So I had an idea... let's do a scrap sampler, with blocks that finish at 12-inches square.

    I haven't listed yardages for the quilt blocks -- the idea is to use your scraps. If you don't have scraps, pick up some fat quarters or fat eighths of fabric and add to the mix as you make blocks.

    The pattern was originally somewhat of a mystery because original quilters didn't see the final layout until the quilt blocks were all assembled. You can make it in the same way or skip ahead to see the end results.

    Two layout variations are available:

    Before you begin:

    You'll find images and links to quilt block patterns by following the navigation to view all of the pages in this document.

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    Block One: Rocky Road to California Quilt Block Pattern

    Quilt Block Patterns
    Rocky Road to California Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell

    Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Block One: Rocky Road to California

    Make the block as scrappy as you'd like. Disregard the colors shown and think of them as color value instead. You can alter the values if you like -- try making the squares in strip-pieced four-patch units much darker than the larger squares used in the block's corners. You're in total control of the final layout.

    Rocky Road to California Quilt Block Pattern

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    Block Two: Arizona Quilt Block Pattern

    Arizona Quilt Block Pattern
    Arizona Quilt Block Pattern. Janet Wickell

    Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Block Two: Arizona

    Like other blocks in the series, the Arizona quilt block finishes at 12-inches square. The half square triangles and flying geese in this design offer lots of opportunities for color and color value variations. Play around with fabrics -- your block might take on an entirely different look.

    I've included an option for anyone who either doesn't like to make flying geese or who has smaller scraps to choose from.

    Arizona Quilt Block Pattern

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    Block Three: Twinkling Star

    Twinkling Star Quilt Block Pattern
    Twinkling Star Quilt Block Pattern. Janet Wickell

    Twinkling Star is the third quilt block pattern for the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt. The design is very scrap-friendly, and you can put your small pieces to work assembling the little half square triangle units (HSTs) that make up a large portion of the star tips.

    Twinkling Star Quilt Block Pattern

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    Block Four: Goshen Star Quilt Block Pattern

    Goshen Star Quilt Block Pattern
    Goshen Star Quilt Block Pattern. Janet Wickell

    Goshen Star Quilt Block Pattern

    Goshen Star is the fourth block we'll make for the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt.

    Use the quick-pieced flying geese method to add those little triangles to each end of bars that make up the quilt block's middle rows.

    Goshen Star Quilt Block Pattern

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    Block Five: Swamp Angel Quilt Block Pattern

    Swamp Angel Quilt Block Pattern
    Swamp Angel Quilt Block Pattern. Janet Wickell

    Swamp Angel Quilt Block Pattern

    Swamp Angel is a fun block, with enough pieces to be scrappy -- but not so many that they drive you crazy putting them together.

    Swamp Angel Quilt Block Pattern

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    Six: Antique Tile

    Antique Tile Quilt Block Pattern
    Antique Tile Quilt Block Pattern. © Janet Wickell

    Antique Tile Quilt Block Pattern

    Antique Tile is the sixth block in our sampler series. The design offers a break from the angled pieces found in the first blocks -- you'll find that Antique Tile goes together easily.

    Antique Tile Quilt Block Pattern

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    Block Seven: Flower Basket Quilt Block Pattern

    Flower Basket Quilt Block
    12" Flower Basket Quilt Block Pattern. © Janet Wickell

    Flower Basket Quilt Block Pattern

    This pretty flower basket quilt block is the seventh design in the Scrap Happy Sampler series.

    Flower Basket Quilt Block Pattern

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    Block Eight: Summer Winds Quilt Block Pattern

    Summer Winds Quilt Block Pattern
    Two versions of the Summer Winds Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell

    Summer Winds is the eight quilt block in our Scrap Happy Sampler quilt series. The block isn't difficult, but do press as you go and avoid stretching those units.

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    Block Nine: Lost Ship

    Lost Ships Quilt Block Pattern
    Two versions of the Lost Ships quilt block, one more scrappy than the other. © Janet Wickell

    Here's the Scrap Happy Sampler block number 9 -- the Lost Ship quilt block pattern. Scrap it up or stitch the block in a more orderly way, the choice is yours. Making Lost Ship offers a good opportunity to practice your half square triangle construction skills.

    Lost Ship is very similar to the block used in the Rocky Glen quilt, but has fewer half-square triangles in its units. Like nearly every other quilt block out there, it's been configured in slightly different ways over the years and renamed several times.

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    Block Ten: Album Star Quilt Block

    Album Star Quilt Block Pattern
    Album Star Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell

    All quilt blocks look dramatically different when you alter the placement of color and color value, and Album Star is a design that's fun to play with in that way. I've included a 'coloring book' drawing that you can print out and color (or use varying shades of gray) to determine your own unique layout.

    Album Star Quilt Block Pattern

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    Block Eleven: Churn Dash Quilt Block Pattern

    Churn Dash Quilt Block Pattern
    Make the Churn Dash quilt block for your Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt or use it to design a quilt of your very own. Janet Wickell

    You might just end up making a batch of these easy Churn Dash quilt blocks.

    Churn Dash Quilt Block Pattern

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    Block Twelve: Rolling Stars Quilt Block Pattern

    Rolling Stars Quilt Block Pattern
    Rolling Stars Quilt Block. Photo by Janet Wickell

    Rolling Stars is the final block pattern in the Scrap Happy Sampler series. Like the others, it finishes at 12" square. Rolling Stars is easy to assemble, and all components are quick pieced.

    Rolling Stars Quilt Block Pattern