I’ve had an idea for a sampler quilt in my head for a while now. It’s been brewing around, trying to take hold for months and months. Finally, at the start of the new year, I decided to give in and let it happen. I used some of my Christmas money to buy new fabric (which I had previously forbidden myself to do, unless it was for a special gift) and gave myself a goal of creating TWO sampler crib quilts by this summer. The process has been so inspiring, that it has brought me back to this blog. I have this need to document the process.
I like to improvise, and I’m a HUGE fan of rotary cutting and short-cuts, but some of these blocks have required actual planning. AND, for some of them I even had to break down and make templates. I haven’t used templates since I first learned how to quilt, because the rotary cutter is awesome and I love to find a way to avoid the templates. However, given the choice between a so-so quilt block and the look I actually want to achieve, I went with templates, and lots of graph paper. Maybe it’s the engineer in me trying to get out, but I just love graph paper, pencils, ruler and compass. They have been my friends lately as I plan these quilt blocks.
My children have also been my quilting friends as I plan quilt blocks. They often insist on having their own graph paper, but their favorite is when I make a copy of a quilt block for them to color in themselves. It’s like a quilting coloring book:
The next logical step from here, is to coach them in designing their own quilts. But we are a long way from there right now. I think we’ll stick to coloring and wait and see if anybody expresses an interest in design. I’ll keep you posted.