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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5 reasons why a sampler quilt will make you a better quilter


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

  1. Wonderful quilt and such pretty fabrics!

    • Thanks Pam!

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

    • Thank you Allison, I have gotten hooked on samplers πŸ™‚

  3. 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

    • the fabrics would make a great tote Anna!

  4. A fall quilt with this beautiful collection.

    • Perfect use for these fabrics. good luck!

    • Thanks Connie!

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

    • Thank you Michelle! The fabrics are perfect for runners and placemats. I will be offering this as a class soon too.

  6. Wow, wow, wow! That is absolutely gorgeous! What a spectacular display of color! Great sampler quilt.

    • Thank you Joan!

  7. 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!

    • Thank you Frani! and good luck!

  8. great quilt!

    • Thanks Bea!

  9. I would love to make a table runner with these beautiful fabrics!

    • a table runner would be lovely! good luck Fred!

  10. Very nice sampler pattern. I have a set of summer placemats in mind for the fabric, if I’m lucky enough to win!

    • Thank you Mary,

      and Good Luck!

  11. Equinox would make a great fall quilt, or table runner/table topper.

    • Colette, I think they’d be perfect for that too! good luck 😊

  12. 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.

    • Thank you Joyce, good luck on the giveaway 😊

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

    • Thank you Nancy, I plan to offer this as a class soon. Good luck on the giveaway 😊

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

    • Thank you Janet!

  15. The colors of your quilt are beautiful. Love those batiks!!

    • Thank you! The batiks really made the quilt.

  16. I also like to make sampler quilts, or row by row quilts.

    • Nancy, I actually have never done a row by row quilt! I’ll have to add it to the must try list 😊

  17. I have made 3-4 sampler quilts. I like the variety of blocks in them.

    • Vicki, that is what I also enjoy about samplers…the variety

  18. 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!

    • Thank you Lori! I’m happy to have encouraged you! and your welcome for the give away chance. good luck1

  19. 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!

    • Kathy, you are speaking my thoughts! Good luck in the giveaway!

  20. Such lovely colors would make a great lap quilt. I agree with you about samplers.

    • Teri, they are lovely colors! Good Luck with the Give away

  21. 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!

    • 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.

  22. 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.

    • thank you Chris, Good luck with the Give Away

  23. 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!

    • Thank You Ani, I will be offering a couple of different sampler quilt projects soon. Hope you will stay in touch.

  24. A table runner.

    • A table runner would be lovely! Good Luck!

  25. Your quilt is lovely! I would make a wall hanging for my auntie, these are her favorite colors!

    • Thank you Quilty! Good luck in the giveaway!

  26. So pretty. I would make a table runner.

    • Thank you Emily. It seems that table runners are very popular!!!

  27. I love making quilts that I design in EQ7 with my fabrics.

    • Gene, I do too – it’s fun to see your ideas come to life.

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

    • Annmarie, I love table runners too. You could even apply a sampler idea to a table runner!

  29. A applique table runner!

    • Lorie, I think an appliqued table runner would be gorgeous in these fabrics.

  30. Stunning coloway!

    • I agree Connie, the fabrics are gorgeous!

  31. 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™‚

    • Thank you Maria!

  32. I’ve never done a sampler quilt, and it seems like I should!

    • Summer, they are super fun to do! I will be offering a sampler quilt challenge and class soon.

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

    • Donna I think you will enjoy making one! They are really fun and go rather quickly.

  34. 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

    • Aimee, Thank you. and Good luck on the Give away πŸ™‚

  35. I absolutely love your sampler quilt, so I would make one too! Thanks!

    • Thank You Delaine! I will be offering this as a class soon, hope you’ll be able to join πŸ™‚

  36. I would make a set of fall placemats and table runners!

    • Alison, these are wonderful fabrics for fall anything!

  37. 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!

    • 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™‚

  38. I’ll make a quilt for my son & his wife!

    • NIcole, These fabrics will make a lovely quilt.

  39. Your sampler quilt is beautiful! I haven’t made one and it inspires me to give it a try!

    • 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!

  40. I would like to make a table runner. I dont have one at this time. time for one

    • Lori, Table runners are such fun to make!

  41. Your quilt is beautiful. A sampler quilt was the first quilt I made. Still have it.

    • Thank you Mary!

    • Thank you Barbara!

  42. A quilt . I am collecting batiks for one now!

  43. 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!

    • I enjoy Batiks too Pam, Not sure if you’ll have enough fabric for a runner and then some, but good luck on the Give Away!

  44. Beautiful sampler quilt…seeing them in Batiks is lovely!

    • Thank You Linda!

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