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    Sampler Quilt Question

    I would like to make a sampler quilt and I have a book for beginners that does a sampler quilt and demonstrates lots of different techniques. The quilt on the front of the book only uses 3 different fabrics. Could I use a bunch of different fabrics the I think would make one block look nice and something else that would work on a different block and work out of my stash instead of buying new fabric? I'm only asking because I want it to look nice when it's done.
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    You can do whatever you please. When I did one I just use similar hues but not same fabric. I tied it all together with the sashinhg and border. Enjoy and remember to post a pic
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    I've made several sampler quilts using 2 to 5 colours in a block. It's your quilt, you can do whatever you want. Will look forward to seeing the post of finished quilt!

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    I love the scrappy look. If you are concerned about it looking too scrappy you could try using a "similar background" fabric in each block.

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    The different colors would work out nice. It's your quilt and your choice.
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    Be creative and use what looks good to you. When I do a block sampler, I find one piece of material that I really like and use that and then find others that work with it. It's fun to create your own sampler blocks. I'm doing one now that has 12" blocks. Lots of fun!

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    you could do a scrappy sampler with every block a different group of colors. it's your quilt, it's open to your interpretation of what you want. samplers are great to learn new techniques and a lot of different blocks

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    I think it would look really nice. I remember the first quilt class I took, was a 6 block sampler. I used the same fabric in all the blocks and it turned out really really blah. I can imagine yours with dark sashing separating the blocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahrachel View Post
    I would like to make a sampler quilt and I have a book for beginners that does a sampler quilt and demonstrates lots of different techniques. The quilt on the front of the book only uses 3 different fabrics. Could I use a bunch of different fabrics the I think would make one block look nice and something else that would work on a different block and work out of my stash instead of buying new fabric? I'm only asking because I want it to look nice when it's done.
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    I agree with the others, do what appeals to you. I personally love scrappy quilts.

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    My quilting group is putting together a quilt for one of our members that has been ill. The quilt is done with everyones orphan blocks so they are all different colors. I prefer colors of the same hue but this quilt is very pretty and scrappy looking. The recepient will love it. Like has been said before it is your quilt you can do what you like.
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    I have made many sampler quilts with a large aray of fabrics that compliment each other and also samplers that are in the same colorway. I think the most important thing if you want to use from your stash is to make sure your fabric choices play well together and you have enough of each for all the blocks your doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmarcho View Post
    I love the scrappy look. If you are concerned about it looking too scrappy you could try using a "similar background" fabric in each block.
    This would be my choice if all of the blocks do not lend themselves to the same fabrics. Please be sure to post pictures as you go along... I'm interested in seeing it.
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    Thanks everybody. I think I'll go find a white on white for the background and pick other pieces from there. But I have other quilts to finish before I even start this one, my brain has just been turning this one over and over. I'm now thinking of how neat brights would look against the white which would mean that the fabric won't be coming from my stash...gonna have to think some more
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    I enjoy making each block different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewflower View Post
    You can do whatever you please. When I did one I just use similar hues but not same fabric. I tied it all together with the sashinhg and border. Enjoy and remember to post a pic
    Good advice.
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    I have used whatever fabrics from my stash and then tied them all together with a complimentary sashing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom View Post
    Be creative and use what looks good to you. When I do a block sampler, I find one piece of material that I really like and use that and then find others that work with it. It's fun to create your own sampler blocks. I'm doing one now that has 12" blocks. Lots of fun!
    "DITTO" I have been using primarily fabrics from my stash and I have taken 2nd place TWICE in the quilt contests. I normally pick a main print and then I audition various fabrics to see what looks good with it. Remember to have FUN while you are making your quilt. GOOD LUCK !!!
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    You can use however many fabrics you want to. When I taught beginning quilting, I had my students use three colors just to make it easy to calculate the amount of fabric needed.
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    If you want to see a sampler done in multiple fabrics, do a search for Egg Money Quilts. The pattern calls for 15 fabrics for 12 blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae View Post
    You can use however many fabrics you want to. When I taught beginning quilting, I had my students use three colors just to make it easy to calculate the amount of fabric needed.
    Makes sense to me - it also might help keep the cost and leftovers to a minimum.

    You might gather some of your fabrics from your stash that seem to work well together, and THEN go for the backgrounds and sashing.

    I think it makes a quilt look more unified if you use each fabric in at least two blocks, preferably more.

    I always think of patterns as suggestions - but I'm not a beginner beginner anymore, either.

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