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Thread: Why make a sampler quilt?

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    Junior Member Louise C's Avatar
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    I am always amazed by the beauty of those quilts but I wonder if they can be used to cover a bed as well as to be exposed as murals as well? Lately, I visited the Eleanor Burns theater and enjoyed her videos on Egg Money quilts; she presents two most beautiful samplers of the 1930's blocks and motifs. Here is the address:

    http://quiltinaday.com/theater/library.html

    What is your opinion on this. Can sampler quilts be used as bedcovers or only be presented on walls?

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    oh, definitely used. I see them as learning tools, but certainly no different than any other bed quilt.

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    I have one to be quiled and I plan to use it on my bed.

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    Why couldn't you use it on a bed?

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    I have 2 of them and both are on beds. The first was really my self-training on different techniques, color placement and pattern design. The second is swap blocks with a bunch of my own added to it to make it king size. The common themes in the first quilt are blue & white stars. In the second it is black backgrounds with bright fabrics, mostly stars.

    To make a sampler quilt more cohesive, stick with a theme or color. Like Eleanor Burns' Egg Money Quilts done in 30's repro's.

    Why do you think they can't be used on a bed?

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    Samplers are fun to make because you don't get tired of sewing the same block over and over. I've made several and one was queen sized for a bed. They are also fun to hand quilt for the same reason, you don't get tired of quilting the same block! And they're so pretty.

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    Most definitely use it on a bed :thumbup: Like others have said great way to practice blocks, not get bored and end up with a great quilt :thumbup:

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    A sampler is a good way to try out different blocks to see if you like them or not, to work out difficult blocks or try new things. Such as sashing and boarders. Your quilt is just that, 'Your Quilt' so you can do what you like with it, for show or wall hanging or on a bed! I think they are a very good way of leaning or of teaching someone new to quilting as you do not get board with doing the same block all the time and if chosen carefully each block can teach you new skills.
    Some sampler quilts are very skillfully done and not just for beginners, be sure to pick one to suit your skill level.
    They are fun to do and have great charm IMHO!

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    A sampler can definately be used on a bed. I use sampler quilts as sort of an audition forum. By trying a lot of different blocks I'm able to see if I really like making that particular block or not. Around here our BOM's are usually samplers. I don't like making bed quilts with just twelve blocks so I usually turn those into couch throws or add blocks to them.

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    I would use one on a bed. Quilts are made to be used.

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    I make all my sampler quilts to be used. Every month my guild does a new block using various techniques we try to do them with the same fabric and in very little time have enough blocks for a quilt. This has really helped our new quilters along with us oldies!

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    thanks, I want to make a sampler quilt as would be a cool way to learn different blocks

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    I think they make beautiful bed quilts. :D:D:D

    I like samplers, because if I decide I don't like making one of the blocks, I know ahead of time rather than after starting on a quilt with it.

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    Definitely put it on your bed to show off all your lovely work.

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    i had never heard of a sampler quilt just being for the walls, the 12 sampler quilts i have made to date are all on beds...but then, i make quilts for beds, i never quite got the whole wall quilt thing (although i have made a couple that turned into drapes (window coverings)

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    Mine is big enough for a LARGE lap quilt, almost twin size, but a few inches smaller..I will never use it, but i keep it as a symbol of what i learned.

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    No one is going to keep me from using it on the bed if I feel like it.

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    Samplers are great because they allow you to try new techniques and difficult blocks while allowing you to fill in with simple and easy blocks!

    Ever been in a block swap? Great way to make a sampler.

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    Thanks for all your opinions. To tell the truth, I did not know at all if they could be used on bed; I thought that they could be used as lap quilts or as a throw on a sofa. I am very glad to hear all what you think on the subject and from now on, I will definitely put mine on my bed... when they are finished!!

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    I want to make a sampler quilt for my bed & it will be used!!! That's what a quilt is made for at least by me!!!

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    I made a 12 block sampler just to see if I liked doing those blocks. It will be used as a lap quilt, but if it were big enough for a bed it would get used there. No one can tell you not to. ;-)

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    I have made a couple and love doing them! Both are Queen size. I credit a lot of "growth" as a quilter with doing them! And they are so fun to do different blocks using different techniques!

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    Definitely used on the bed as a work of art!

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    They are beautiful on beds. Yes use them

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    One of my 1st quilts was a Sampler quilt.

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