Happy Day! The time has finally come to introduce to you my next Quilt-Along-With-Me series on my YouTube channel! Yay!
This time around we’ll be doing a HST* Sampler Quilt!
The quilt will be made up of nine 12″ blocks that all feature HSTs in their design. Most of the blocks are quite simple to piece together with only a small handful that may challenge you! So if you’re a lover of HSTs, a hater of HSTs who wants to learn to love them or simply have issues piecing HSTs, then this is the perfect project for you to follow along with!
The blocks we’ll be making are (in order of release): Formal Garden, Morning Star, Contrary Wife, Friendship Star, Shoo-Fly, Mill Wheel, Churn Dash, Open Window (a new variation) and the Windblown Square.
In each block tutorial I’ll let you know all of the measurements and cutting info like I usually do, along with what fabrics I’m using for that block. An information sheet will also be available for you to print off and follow along with at home! (These will be available to download from my blog.)
For this series, I’ll be using a range of fabrics from RJR Fabrics and Cotton+Steel. The main collection is one called The Sultan’s Garden designed by Mary McGuire and soon as I saw it, I knew it was perfect for this series!
The fabrics I’ve chosen are from the Apricot/Turquoise edition of the collection (there’s also a Berry edition featuring beautiful shades of purples and pinks!).
Here’s a list of each of the fabrics I’ll be using, along with it’s name and where it’ll feature in this Sampler Quilt.
FABRIC NAME: Tulips. This fabric will used in two of the blocks.
FABRIC NAME: Melisa. This fabric will be used in one of the blocks.
FABRIC NAME: Minaret. This fabric will be used in one of the blocks.
FABRIC NAME: Mosaic. This fabric will be used in one of the blocks.
FABRIC NAME: Leila. This fabric will used in two of the blocks.
FABRIC NAME: Blossom. This fabric will be used in three of the blocks.
FABRIC NAME: Stripe. This fabric will be used as the binding for the quilt.
To accompany these prints, I’ve also mixed in two matching XOXO Basics fabrics from Cotton+Steel.
FABRIC NAME: Pink Cheeks. This fabric will be used in three of the blocks.
FABRIC NAME: Dandelion. This fabric will be used in one of the blocks.
To balance out the prints, I’m also using two Cotton Supreme Solids from RJR Fabrics.
FABRIC NAME: Elephantastic Pink (on the left). This fabric will used in two of the blocks.
FABRIC NAME: Blue Skies (on the right). This fabric will be used as the background fabric in all nine blocks as well as for the sashing and borders. (NB: This fabric doesn’t photograph well: in real life it doesn’t look this grey and boring!)
Now in regards to how much fabric you’ll need will all depend on if you’re going to use as many fabrics as I am. If you are, I would recommend in getting no more than a half metre or half yard cut of fabric for each print you’ll be using in your blocks. You possibly could get away with using Fat Quarters, but if you make a mistake with a certain block, you may come up short and I don’t want that to happen to you! For the background fabric, you’ll need at least two metres (2 yards) and no more than 1 metre (1 yard) of fabric for the binding. Once the quilt top has been completed, I’ll share how much backing and batting you’ll need to finish it off!
Now luckily for me, a wonderful Australian wholesale supplier and fabric distributer know as Dayview Textiles very kindly sourced and supplied these beautiful fabrics to me which I am very grateful for! If you’re in Australia and are keen on using the same fabrics as me, pop over to their website to find the nearest quilt store to you that they distribute fabrics to!
If you’re not in Aussie-Land, here are a few places you can purchase these fabrics online… (OH MY GOSH! Fabric.com has everything!)
I’m so excited about this little series finally starting and I can’t wait to see all of your lovely blocks and potentially beautiful quilts over the next coming weeks!
The video tutorial for block #1 will be out on Wednesday, with block #2 out on Friday!
See you then!
Happy Sewing, Friends!
P.S If there’s any vital information you think I’ve missed, comment below and I’ll add it in!
P.P.S I also uploaded this video to my YouTube channel introducing the series if you’re interested in watching it!
*HST = Half-Square Triangles