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Thread: Sampler Quilt made from different size blocks

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    I would like to make a sampler quilt using many different sizes of blocks representing family memories. The sites recommended to me have most of the blocks I want to use, but they are 12 inches. I have also looked at the pictures on the board of sampler quilts and they seem to all use the same size throughout the quilt. Does anyone have any pictures or suggestions of a pattern where it is all different sizes?
    Thanks so much....

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    Some of the BOM patterns don't use the same size blocks. I've done several.

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    YOu need to determine the size of the largest block. Smaller blocks will need sashing to make them the same size as the largest one. You could draw this out on graph paper to see how this would work. Layout is up to you. Want the largest block in the center? off center? specific corner? really no rules to this...jUst what YOU like/want.

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    I agree with Julie in NM. Also google "sampler quilt images" and look at all the different pics to see if some particular type of layout strikes your fancy.

    Happy sewing.

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    Look in the new quilt magazines. Seems like I've seen a lot lately with sampler quilts with different size blocks used.

    If you have a design that you like but want to make it smaller, learn how to draft quilt blocks. It's a great skill to have, anyway.

    There are several places you can find instructions online, here's one: http://www.quilt.com/HowTo/Drafting.html

    If that doesn't make sense to you, just find another one that does. I actually learned out of a book from the library, but unfortunately I don't remember which book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura3
    I would like to make a sampler quilt using many different sizes of blocks representing family memories. The sites recommended to me have most of the blocks I want to use, but they are 12 inches. I have also looked at the pictures on the board of sampler quilts and they seem to all use the same size throughout the quilt. Does anyone have any pictures or suggestions of a pattern where it is all different sizes?
    Thanks so much....
    I have done this with quilts...just lay them out in a way that pleases you and then figure sashing to fill in...I have even used HST and flying geese to add interest...this is where a design board comes in handy but I really didn't have one, just the floor :thumbup:

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    I too have made a couple with different size blocks. My favorite is my orphan block quilt, I used one color for the sashing to unify it together. different fabrics but all yellow.
    I need to take new pictures as I lost them when my hard drive crashed :cry:

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    Check out the book "Around the Block" and other books. They will show different sizes of blocks and how to make them.

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    www.quilterscache.com has blocks you can look up by size too. so 12 inch ones and some 6 inch ones,etc.

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    If you use a 12" (finished) block, you can also use 4", 6" and 8" (finished) blocks. The way you put them together just has to add up to 12". So, 4-6" blocks = 1-12" block; 2-8" plus 2-4" blocks = 1-12 inch block; and 9-4" blocks - 1-12" block.

    Or you can decide what your row measurements will be, and then shuffle blocks around until they come out right.

    Graph paper and a design wall will be your best friends!

    I hope you post pics when you are done.

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