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Make the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt
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:
- Don't worry too much about planning ahead. This is an exploration to show you just how wonderful a quilt can be when it's made without regard to "matching" fabrics (but do read my scrap quilts tutorial if you're a beginner).
- Get inspired by browsing through pictures of scrap quilts made by members of the online quilting community.
You'll find images and links to quilt block patterns by following the navigation to view all of the pages in this document.Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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Block One: Rocky Road to California Quilt Block Pattern
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.Continue to 3 of 13 below.
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Block Two: Arizona Quilt Block Pattern
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.Continue to 4 of 13 below.
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Block Three: Twinkling Star
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.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Block Four: Goshen Star Quilt Block Pattern
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.Continue to 6 of 13 below.
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Block Five: Swamp Angel Quilt Block Pattern
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.Continue to 7 of 13 below.
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Six: Antique Tile
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.Continue to 8 of 13 below.
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Block Seven: Flower Basket Quilt Block Pattern
Flower Basket Quilt Block Pattern
This pretty flower basket quilt block is the seventh design in the Scrap Happy Sampler series.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Block Eight: Summer Winds Quilt Block Pattern
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.Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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Block Nine: Lost Ship
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.Continue to 11 of 13 below.
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Block Ten: Album Star Quilt Block
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.Continue to 12 of 13 below.
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Block Eleven: Churn Dash Quilt Block Pattern
You might just end up making a batch of these easy Churn Dash quilt blocks.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Block Twelve: Rolling Stars Quilt Block Pattern
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.