Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Problem With Samplers

....IS the blocks never turn out the same size.

Reasons---inadequate pattern drawing (Sorry!)

Variations in sewing seams.

Trying to fit blocks based on a division of five into a 12" block.

It is all part of the equation.

If this causes you anxiety consider a face-saving set that will disguise any inadequacies in planning, patterning or sewing.


Cut strips large and piece around each block.
When all blocks are finished cut to the same size.

Set side by side; differences will be so small no one will notice.

Set with sashing. Choose fabrics of similar value to
minimize visual differences.
Do not trim any of the blocks until the end.


Cut large triangles and turn blocks on point

Make triangles large enough that blocks will float inside.
Don't forget to leave that seam allowance when you trim.

Trim the square-in-a-square blocks to the same size. Set on point and your blocks will be on the square. And you will have a very large quilt.

Again, do not trim the triangles until all the blocks are done.

Any other ideas?


Debby Dodds said...

Your timing is impeccable!!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Tee hee - this is why I prefer applique - no math!

Tami Von Zalez said...

I add a companion fabric to one side when the blocks are just a skosh too small. It blends right in with the entire quilt. Here is a link to a flimsy I completed with 3 different size blocks.

sue s said...

Thanks for your humorous treatment of this. My Open Book is 1/4" off but I'll leave it for now.

Chantal said...

One can also so make a stripie quilt with the smaller blocks in one column. It works well if the sashing between the columns is not a vertical lined fabric. ;^)

QuiltGranma said...

Barbara, thank you so much for this!

Rosa said...

Thank you so much.

Pamela Arbour said...

Great ideas. Thanks.

JustGail said...

Am I the only one with wishful thinking that it was ONLY my sampler blocks that come out a bit off size?

Barbara Brackman said...

Everybody's sampler blocks are different sizes. The really skillful stitchers put them together so you don't notice theirs are.

QuiltGranma said...

Thank you so much for this. I copy and pasted to a new document for my folder so when I ever get around to finishing some group blocks into quilts I can get them to fit together.

Joanne said...

Thank you for this! I may finish my Civil War BOM after all.