After languishing on my fabric shelf since last spring, my Wildwood yardage is finally becoming a quilt. In the past month, many sketches and much mulling over have ensued, and I decided that a sampler quilt was going to happen. This is uncharted territory for me!
I dislike sweeping generalizations, but I will make one: I’m not really a fan of most sampler quilts that I see. My brain craves order and symmetry and I think this is the reason. It’s just one of my quirks. The sampler quilts that I do like are quilts where the different blocks used are cohesive in shape, volume and colour, so the blocks I am incorporating fit these guidelines. I also prefer when the sampler ‘feature’ blocks are alternated with simpler blocks, so that my eye has somewhere to rest amongst all that fabulousness.
All this being said, am laying out my 12″ blocks in a 5×5 grid and incorporating a basic nine-patch block and a snowball block to break it up. The nine feature blocks are all stars, and so far I am really happy with the four up on my design wall. Hopefully I will be adding two more today! The blocks I am using are mostly ones I have found on Pinterest, along with two from purchased books/patterns.
I really love the cool blues and aqua in the Wildwood collection by Elizabeth Olwen, punctuated with a beautiful shade of coral and a great non-directional neutral. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to get the navy floral print, but I have a good mix of six prints and have lots to work with. I also found a greige solid that is a perfect match with the prints for the background of the feature blocks, the nine patches and the snowballs. I am excited about this quilt and happy that I am finally making this fabric into what it was meant to be!