Have you had a chance to check out Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany yet? The book features 25 vibrant blocks that can be made in pairs (sisters) and assembled into 3 different modern sampler quilts. AnneMarie's samplers feature wonderful innovative layouts that break from a traditional grid. With 25 wonderful blocks to choose from, Sister Sampler Quilts provides inspiration that can make dozens of quilts.
I decided to make the Box & Star Frame blocks. As soon as I saw the block design I could immediately imagine using selvages for the center string blocks and for the first time utilized my own selvages!
Using AnneMarie's technique of foundation paper piecing the string block center, I drew the square on a larger piece of paper so I could see where my selvages were going to land. I'm a fussy cutter, so I wanted the words and kitty faces to be placed just right in my blocks. I also drew a few random lines across the block so that I could see that I was sewing them on straight.
I continually checked my progress with a ruler to see where my trimming would be and make sure the words fit within my boundaries. Since I was using selvages I top stitched them down flat with right side of the previously sewn selvage to wrong side of the next one going on.
Next I trimmed up my center blocks. I made one for Waterfront Park and one for The Highlands.
These blocks were so fun to make! Sister Sampler Quilts has so many great blocks to choose from and the unique layouts of the finished quilts really shine. I think you'll see a lot more blocks to love when you check out all the stops on the Sister Sampler Quilts blog hop!
I'll be giving away a copy of this fabulous book on my Instagram account. Happy Sewing!
Monday, January 18
AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters - Introduction
Sara Lawson / Sew Sweetness
Tuesday, January 19
Wednesday, January 20
Thursday, January 21
Friday, January 22
Monday, January 25
Tuesday, January 26
Karen Lewis / Karen Lewis Textiles
Amy Gibson / Stitchery Dickory Dock
Wednesday, January 27
Sherri McConnell / A Quilting Life
Melissa Mortensen / Polka Dot Chair
Thursday, January 28
Amy Ellis / Amy's Creative Side
Heather Valentine / The Sewing Loft
Friday, January 29
Cindy Wiens / Live A Colorful Life
AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters - Wrap Up
Edited 1/26/16: ConCATulations! to Teri Seal @seeterisew for her comment, "Just kitten!" Her response? "I'm so excited right meow!!"