Thursday, June 2, 2011

Blue on Blue

Quilt #34
Blue on Blue

I made this very first sampler quilt as a class sample and used as many techniques as I could find at the time. This was made in the early nineties, I was mostly self-taught and had been quilting for approximately 5 years.

There is a mixture of hand and machine work in this quilt.

Grandmother's Flower Garden - english piecing
This was a quilt-as-you-go quilt, and I did make one more quilt using this method but found I did not enjoy the assembling although the quilting part was certainly easier.

Attic Windows - Y-seam piecing
I have since made several samplers and have had most of them quilted by a long arm quilter.

Schoolhouse - paper-pieced roof & diagram piecing

Although samplers aren't everyone's cup of tea, I find it an excellent means of teaching different techniques in a small format. One block – one technique.


Choosing fabric, colours and values carefully can make all the difference in uniting the blocks.

Blue on Blue is monochromatic, made up of 7 fabrics – 2 light values, 3 medium and 2 darks.



Quilt Name: Blue on Blue

Description: Sampler of 15 blocks

Pattern: Sawtooth Star, Oak-Leaf Reel, Honey-Bee, Half-Square Triangles, Schoolhouse, T-Block, Star of Hearts, Square-in-a-Square, Grandmother's Flower Garden, Log Cabin, Ohio Star, Wild Goose Chase var., Attic Windows, Snowball Block, Drunkards Path.

Size: 58” x 86”
Fabrics: 100% Cotton

Predominant colours: Blue

Construction Techniques: Templates, strip piecing, hand applique, half-square and quarter-square triangles, english paper piecing, flying geese, paper piecing, diagram assembly, buttonhole stitch, Y-seam construction, drafting T-block, backed applique, curved piecing. Quilt-as-you-go assembly.

Back: Polyester

Batting: Polyester

Edge finish: Double fold binding

Quilting: Hand and machine on domestic sewing machine.

Quilted by: Terry Whyte

Sleeve: yes

Label: yes

Date completed: 1993

Inspiration: Traditional blocks

Quilt History: Displayed in Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters Guild 1997 Quilt Show

Maker: Terry Whyte

Have a great day,


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