It's 2018 and I haven't told you enough about the new free Block of the Month here at Civil War Quilts. The twelve sampler blocks will all be pieced, drawn from designs popular for Antebellum Album quilts.
Most of the samplers I've looked at mixed applique and pieced
blocks, but we're focusing on piecing in 2018.
quilts from the 1840s & '50s. Some of the patterns I chose are in this album quilt from the Massachusetts project & the Quilt Index.
(No Sunflowers! No applique!)
The blocks will be easy to moderately difficult what with a few curved & Y seams.
Readers are clamoring for fabric information. (Well, one of you.)
Becky Brown's stack.
See what the model makers have chosen at this post:
Yardage for the 12" Finished Sampler Blocks
If you're planning to use scraps for your 12 sampler blocks I'd pick a color palette and maybe buy a yard of background or a theme fabric (perhaps adding that yard to one of the setting block fabrics below).
Or just buy a bunch of repro prints. Here's a cornucopia of gorgeous Jo Morton prints
I saw for sale the other day.
If you want to use the same fabrics throughout the 12 sampler blocks:
I'd pick 5--- Light, Light medium, Medium, Medium dark and Dark.
Sort of shaded like the above. Really dark, really light and then three in between.
Choose a background too and buy a yard of that, and then half yards of the 5 others.
That gives you 3-1/2 yards for the sampler blocks. Should be plenty.
You'll also need a half yard for binding the 60" quilt.
The Official Set
Turkey red and overdyed green 1840-1880.
We have to have an official set that all the model makers can ignore. (They follow their own muses, which is fine with me.) I've chosen a double nine patch, a classic old American pattern. There will probably be more set suggestions throughout the year too so you might want to wait to decide on how to set the blocks. You can always refer to this page. I'll post a link in the left hand column during the year.
& Cutting for the Alternate Block Setting
For the squares A & B (light pink) 1 yard
For the rectangles C & D (dark pink) 1-3/4 yards
Alternate Nine-Patch Set
60" x 60
13 Alternate Blocks
12 Sampler Blocks
I used EQ7 to figure out the yardage (EQ8 wasn't available yet)
I imagine it works in similar fashion in either program.
First I colored the blocks in distinctive fashion so I could read the key.
Then I went to Print > Print Fabric Yardage
I used the default settings
And here's what it said:
For the squares A & B (light pink) 7/8 yard
For the rectangles C & D (dark pink) 1-1/2 yards
I'd add a little more if you want to have some for the sampler blocks too = 1 yard and 1-3/4 yards.
Cutting the Alternate Block
A—Cut 8 squares 2-1/2” (104 in all for 13 blocks)
B—Cut 1 square 4-1/2” (13 in all)
C—Cut 4 rectangles 8-1/2” x 2-1/2” (52 in all)
D—Cut 4 rectangles 4-1/2” x 2-1/2” (52 in all)
The first pattern is set for Wednesday January 31, 2018Read more about the theme here:
Class of 1855, teachers in bonnets and students in lace collars.
Oberlin College, Ohio