Hello again and welcome to my blog:)
Today is the day to
announce my new quilt along...
RED SAMPLER QUILT ALONG
of course you are invited to join me!
As you know by now ...
I love to make all kinds of samplers.
I have made many over the years
and most of them I've made scrappy
using my scrappy stash baskets.
I'm talking about the
same baskets that I have been
doing block tutorials about on my
I've also made samplers
using only one color...
however I still consider them scrappy
I use several different prints
from my stash baskets in one color...
and sometimes just one print
for the background or sometimes more!
This sew along is all about
using scrappy red prints
and several different backgrounds...
probably five or maybe six.
And the blocks that we will be making
for the red sampler are from my books:
Farm Girl Vintage
Farm Girl Vintage 2
Great Granny Squared
All of these books have instructions
to make either the 6" or 12" sized blocks
and several settings that you can
choose from to make your red sampler.
I'm going to be making
6" and 12" blocks for my sampler
because I'll be using the setting
from the sampler quilt in my book
Farm Girl Vintage 2
That quilt setting requires
20 - 12" blocks
30 - 6" blocks
for a total of 50.
I'll be choosing and sewing
some of the
more traditional sampler looking blocks
from each of these books
and sewing 3 blocks each week
until I have 50 for my quilt.
Of course you are welcome
to make 50 of my blocks and choose
the same setting that I am doing
or you can choose any of my other
settings that I have in my books.
You can see here on the
Table of Contents
of my Farm Girl Vintage 2
that the sampler setting
that I am using is on page 138.
In my first Farm Girl Vintage Book
there are so many
setting choices to choose from.
Some only use 6" blocks
(like the cover quilt)
or some only use 12" blocks
and some use both sizes together!
And remember that I am
always telling you that
"You are the BOSS
of your own Quilt"
and so you can choose a setting
that needs fewer blocks
if that's what your time allows!
In my book Vintage Christmas
there are many more setting choices
for 6" and/or 12" blocks:)
Great Granny Squared Book
uses 20 - 12" Blocks
and would make a fabulous sampler!
Now let's chat a little
about my three block choices
for this week.
I made one 12" and two 6"
This is my block called
and it's on page 66 of my first
Farm Girl Vintage Book.
This block is
and it's on page 112 of
Farm Girl Vintage 2
And last but not least
is my block called
and it's on page 90 of my book
I already love love and love
how these three blocks look together
and I can't wait to add more each week!
The sew along starts now!
I'll be posting my three
Red Sampler Blocks
here on my blog every Monday
and I'm sure I'll show and tell
them several times
on my YouTube Channel as well.
The sew along will last for 16 weeks
and will end the last week in July.
If I sew 3 blocks for 16 weeks
that adds up to 48 and so I'll be
sewing 1 or 2 more blocks extra
during those weeks to make 50 total:)
I have something fun planned
for the label of our Red Samplers
and as a hint...
I'll be using blocks from my
Spelling Bee Book
Here I have 5 - one yard cuts
of my Bee Backgrounds fabrics
in my vintage red and white enamel bowl
just waiting to be cut and sewn
into cute Red Sampler Blocks!
(the Chicken Tracks print
is from my Farm Girl Vintage collection)
I may add one or two more backgrounds
or just stick with these 5:)
As for the reds...
I'm using all shades from light to dark.
This is important when you are
using only one color
so that your block design isn't lost.
This sew along will be a great exercise
in color value placement
and how it can make or break a block:)
Notice that within each block
I have used prints that
have contrast from each other...
either by a different shade of red
or by using a print that has
quite a bit of white in it
such as the gingham.
Keep this in mind as you are
gathering reds for your sampler.
I gathered some reds from my stash and
placed them in another one of my
vintage enamelware pans
to choose from for this weeks blocks.
Because I'd like to use
even more variety of reds
than these... I know I'll need
a bigger container!
I always keep a few extra
scrappy baskets on hand
just for projects such as this
and this week I'll be going
through my stash baskets in my closet
and filling one of these up
with even more reds.
I'm sure one of these
baskets full will be plenty!
with all of this being said...
I sure hope that you are excited
as much as I am about my
Red Sampler Quilt Along
and that you will be
sewing right along with me.
READY - SET - SEW!!!
Besides posting here
weekly on my blog
I'll also be posting
my blocks weekly on
And I would love it if you
would too... and use the hashtag
so that we can all see your blocks:)
And as I've said earlier...
I plan on showing and telling
my Red Sampler Blocks
two or three times on my
I can't wait!!