Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Resources for Pieced BOM's & Quiltalongs

Westering Women by Mark Lauer

Mark just finished his sampler, which he pieced and bordered with prints from my Alice's Scrapbag repro collection from a year or two ago.

Nice collaboration, me and Mark (and Alice).

He enjoyed making a sampler of pieced blocks:
"I love the blocks you picked and wonder if you can suggest any resources for finding more similar style blocks. It's a great mix! "
Maureen G.'s Threads of Memory
in Morris Jewels fabrics.

I have ideas. He ordered the patterns for the Threads of Memory BOM we did a few years ago. Those are original star blocks I designed. 

Those of you who've been quilting for a while might be able to suggest 225 or so other pieced BOM's and sampler patterns. As far as resources I did a web search for 

pieced sampler BOM

pieced sampler quiltalong

Pam Buda's Conestoga Crossing
Fabric designers often offer free sampler patterns
to promote their fabric lines.

Nancy Gere's Generals' Wives
Some of these are several years old but you can still find links to
the free patterns.

It's not too late to catch up with Moda's traditional designers and their
BlockHeads Block of the Week 2017. Do a web search to find participating designers.

I looked at Pinterest boards of sampler quilts like this one:

Some bloggers keep lists with fairly easy to follow links:

Debbie Mumm's Stars of Honor

Many pattern designers sell samplers in traditional colors and blocks.

Lori Smith's Abigail's Sampler

From Lori Smith's From My Heart to Your Hands pattern company.

Carol Hopkins's Land of Lincoln

Layer Cake Sampler Quilt Along
All triangles, all year

I have been doing these pieced block series since 1976 when I started writing for Quilters Newsletter,.
Several of my history-themed samplers have been published as books:

Civil War Sampler with 50 blocks and Facts & Fabrications with 20
are sill available from C&T Publishing.

Borderland is out of print.

And....I still have a couple of blogs on line with series for traditional pieced weekly blocks.The patterns are free; you just have to scroll through the posts.

Cookie's Creek's Austen Family Album

The Austen Family Album with history about Jane Austen-- 36 blocks

Grandmother's Choice, 49 weekly blocks about Women's Rights.

And if that is not enough you can use my greatest resource:
BlockBase, 4,000 pieced patterns in a PC program. 

Of course, I wrote it---but I must say it makes it easy to find themes, topics and related blocks. Design your own block-of-the-month.


Mark Lauer said...

Thanks for posting Barbara! Looking forward to starting another soon!

Jeanne said...

"... 225 or so" haha!

Quilter Kathy said...

We have "an embarrassment of riches" these days with the patterns and resources available!
I love sampler quilts, and just finished my Votes For Women quilt this week and posted photos on my blog.
Thank you for such a wonderful adventure with this quilt... I loved every minute of it!

Mark Lauer said...

kathy, I love your Votes for Women sampler! Your sashings look great. Is your machine quilting straight lines only or curves?
Thanks for the inspiration!


Rosa said...

Thanks for the links!

Susie Q said...

There was a time in my life when I wanted to have one of EACH of your books. The way it worked out.... I have two of a few and gave up one of each to one of those that REALLY interested me. LOL Then I moved on to William Morris fabric by you...... So much for collections by you.

pattycakes said...

I am trying to locate Debbie Mumm's Stars of Honor quilt pattern, and I can't find it. Can you help me locate it. Many thanks!