Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Sampler Project

I have always enjoyed looking at sampler quilts, but I've never made one. I have decided to change that.

I chose Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler.

I may not make all fifty blocks, but I hope to complete enough for two quilts. I'm doing each block in two different color combinations, so I can divide them into two groups of different blocks.

I have a box of Civil War reproduction fabrics that I am using. I'm not very familiar with the fabrics, or the way they should be combined, but I'm enjoying the process.

Here are the blocks I have so far. (Note: Each photo shows two blocks from the same block pattern made with different fabrics.)

White House

Star of the West

Barbara Frietchie Star

Catch Me If You Can

Hovering Hawks

Port and Starboard

Strength in Union
Fox and Geese

Peace and Plenty
Yankee Puzzle



Calico Puzzle

I am making 12" blocks. These are larger than I normally do, but the cutting instructions for the blocks are clearer for the 12" size rather than the 8" size. The instructions are different from those I prefer, in that there are no unit sizes for the parts of the block. I usually rely heavily on those measurements to keep things uniform. I also have used some different techniques than the book shows--but, to each his (or her) own.

I'm enjoying this new experience and experimenting with some different fabric prints than I have used before--lots more to come! 


  1. These look great! I love sampler quilts.

  2. I do, too. I thought it was time to do one myself!

    Thanks for visiting.

  3. Those blocks look great. Yes, with a 12" block, you can easily figure out the sub unit sizes. I also like that listed, since I don't always want to make things like they mention in the pattern (like my half square triangles).

    1. Thanks,Cheryl. I get used to certain types of instructions and others can be difficult!

  4. Loving your fabric choices for each block. I have a friend who did the Dear Jane making two blocks of each. She used Civil War reproductions for one set and 30's repos for the second. As long as there isn't a Corn and Beans block you should do well. Love what you've done so far.

  5. Wow! I love it! If it needs a home to be loved in I know one 😳

    1. Thanks! It's a steep learning curve, but I'm enjoying it. :)


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