5 Reasons I think a Sampler Quilt Will Make You a Better Quilter

Want to be a better quilter? May I suggest a sampler Quilt?

Well, I can because this is my blog … πŸ™‚

seaside summer blog hopI used the Island Batik Equinox Collection of Fabrics to make the Autumnal Equinox Sampler Quilt. With its bright colors you can almost feel the closing of the summer days and the coming of the brisk fall mornings. It is a beautiful collection of color and texture.

5 Reasons a Sampler Quilt will make you a Better Quilter
Autumnal Equinox Sampler Quilt in a picnic setting

Why do I think a sampler Quilt will make you a better quilter?

Because Sampler Quilts:

  1. Give you the opportunity to hone your skills – one block at a time
  2. The Autumnal Equinox Sampler Quilt has seven blocks that are made just once. And six more that are repeated 2 or more times in the quilt.

  3. They let you sample a block or several that are new, or practice those that are tried and true.
  4. Autumnal Equinox Sampler Quilt By Adele Mogavero - before quilting
    The Quilt assembled and before it is quilted

    Some of the blocks will be ones you make often, like the four patch. Some you may have never tried before

  5. The Variety in blocks alone will keep you interested and engaged in the process. It’s kind of like opening up a box of chocolates – you never know what you’ll get right?
  6. It’s fun to have just one block to make and see how it feels

    5 Reasons to make a Sampler Quilt
    Examples of some of the blocks in the Autumnal Equinox Sampler Quilt
  7. They will show you your weak and strong skills
  8. A block that gives you a problem? Make a few to master it.

  9. They are a good way to use up scrap fabrics
  10. And they are lovely done with a collection like The Equinox Collection from Island Batik, which gives a sampler quilt cohesive design.

Although Sampler Quilts historically are made with non repeating blocks and in a grid, I choose a less traditional path for The Autumnal Equinox Sampler.

It has several blocks that are repeated 2 or more times to create unique designs within the quilt.

Instead of a grid setting I choose to make this sampler free style.

It was created using Electric Quilt 7

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91 thoughts on “5 Reasons I think a Sampler Quilt Will Make You a Better Quilter”

  1. I’ve made a sampler quilt and it was a great project to learn new skills. Your quilt is beautiful!

  2. Well I think a nice tote for work…Love the colors…And yes a sampler quilt is a great way to test your skills as a quilter….And i also beleave a scrap quilt is a great way to help you learn to let go and just go with what will be in your scrap quilt… happyness04431@yahoo.com

  3. These beautiful fabrics would make a lovely table runner and matching place mats!!! Love your sampler quilt, I must try one!!!

  4. I love your sample quilt, and thanks for the tips!
    If I win, I would use these gorgeous fabrics to make a seasonnal quilt, so fall time inspiring!

  5. Wow! Your quilt is so gorgeous! I love Sampler quilts and make them all the time so these fabrics would definitely go into one. Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. I love your sampler setting…so unique. I would love to make a sampler like yours if I won the fabrics.. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I think that making your sampler quilt might be a nice thing to make with the fabric. Love the fabrics and designs.

  8. LOOOOVE your Quilt! I have never done a Sampler..but your reasons have definitely encouraged me to try one! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! πŸ˜€

    I would make a new Tablerunner…or a Tote for ME!! lol Looove the colors!

  9. I have made a few sampler quilts and really enjoyed them! The idea of not having to make block after block exactly the same keeps me interested and enjoying the process. With the batiks, I’d be making a lovely fall table runner for my hutch. I need a new one!

  10. I think that most of the quilts that I have made are sampler quilts. BOM, too. I like samplers for all the reasons that you stated above–I agree! But they do also take longer, since cutting for each block is different. I’m slow anyway!
    I love this equinox collection. I really want to make an autumn in the mountains-type quilt. I also have my eye on that new Equinox Autumn BOM. Gorgeous!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Rachell, It is true, cutting one block at a time seems to make it take longer. But it is only one block! Or in this case there might be a few. I can be rather slow about my quilting too – especially if I grow a little bored. The equinox collection is a gorgeous collection of fabric.

  11. I love your quilt. Striking. I have been making a lot of Interleave quilts and these would be perfect for that. Bright colors, easy to contrast.

  12. Your sampler quilt is so inspiring, I would like to make one, with these beautiful automn colors. It would be an opportunity to try your great advices!

  13. Beautiful sampler in Fall colors. I also like sampler quilts but right now I’m into table runners to give as Christmas gifts.

  14. I like your non-traditional approach to Sampler Quilts! Very creative and a great idea! Love those fabrics, too! What’s not to like? πŸ™‚

  15. Beautiful quilt and thanks for explaining the benefits of a sampler quilt. Think I will have to make one.

  16. Beautiful quilt. One of the first quilts I made was a sampler quilt, for the very reasons you pointed out. I’d put these fabrics into a quilt, after hoarding them & petting them for a while. Thanks for the lovely giveaway

  17. I too like some others, have not made a sampler quilt!! I think it might be time to do one! thank you – yours is awesome!

    1. Lee, I think you’ll enjoy making one. I’ll be doing this one as a class soon and have another one planned as a free challenge. So stay tuned πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Deb! Glad I have inspired you, that is part of what I enjoy doing. I will be offering a free sampler challenge soon and an online class for this quilt. Hope you’ll consider joining in on the fun!

  18. I love batiks! I would make a table runner and then use the leftover small scraps for applique projects. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt and for the great giveaway. And thanks for the thoughts on sampler quilts. I haven’t done one, but you have inspired me to try it!

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