Simple Sampler Quilt Along — Week 6

Hi friends!  I hope you had a great weekend – it seemed like some of you took the weekend to catch up on blocks!  I did some sewing, and worked on understanding wordpress more.  Many of you have asked if I had help designing the blog – YES, I do not understand all the behind the scenes workings, like servers and what not, but Amy does!  Ever since Amy announced her blog design business, I knew that she would be the one to help me move to wordpress, and now she has.  Many many thanks to Amy for the hours spent reworking things!

There are still links that need to be fixed, so if you find something that isn’t working, please try not to be frustrated and send me an email – I will do my best to fix it and get back to you.  In fact, if you have a few extra minutes, please click around and let me know if something isn’t working!  Thank you

Are you ready for more blocks?

This week there are no hst’s, I see some of you celebrating at your computer!  They will be back, and we do have some triangles this week, here’s the first block – Cross #5

Here’s what you need:

From one fabric- 4 – 5″ squares, these are the outer corners

From another fabric – 1 – 3 1/2″ square for the center

Dark fabric – 4 – 1 1/2″ x 5″ for the center of the cross

Medium fabric – 8 – 1 1/2″ x 5″ for the exterior of the cross

Layout your pieces in the block formation ->

Start with the small pieces in the cross, adding the medium fabric to the center, dark fabric.

Sew and press, then add the other side.  Sew and press again!

Now we can work across the block, sewing the pieces into rows.

Pin, sew and press.

Add the third piece to the row, sew and press.  Then sew the rows together.

Carefully pin, and sew your top to the middle section.

Then add the third row, to complete your block!

Looks great!  Can’t wait to see how your fabrics look in it.

For the second block, I have a bit of a challenge, just be sure to cut with a steady hand and take your time with the triangles.  It’s called “New Album” – I guess traditionally the center square would be solid white/cream with applique or embroidery in it.

Here’s what you need:

From one fabric –

4 – 2 7/8″ squares

2 – 4 1/2″ squares, cut on the diagonal (see next pic)

From the second fabric –

1- 5 5/8″ square

4 – 2 7/8″ x 7 3/4″ rectangles

The measurements are a little different this week, but they work!

Cut your 4 1/2″ squares on the diagonal.
Layout your pieces in the block formation –

Notice that your corners are hanging over the edges of the square, don’t trim them yet, they are meant to do that.
Starting in the center, lay two triangles over the center square.  Again the ends of the triangle should hang over, on both sides.  That way when your are done sewing this piece you will have seam allowance for the next seam, without losing your points.  Pin, sew, and press.

Here’s a quick look at my seam.

Now add the remaining triangles.  See how the corners overlap?  Pin, sew and press your seams.

After pressing, trim up your triangle tags in the seam allowances that aren’t necessary.  Then trim the edges to within 1/4″ of your point.  Like this –

If it’s a little lean, don’t worry, we’ll make it work!  Layout once again –

Bring the edges over the center.  Pin, sew and press.

Add the top and bottom to the center, to complete your block!

What do you think!?  Not too bad!  If you happen to loose a point while sewing, take out the inch or so around it.  Pin it again and try again.

I’m getting really excited to see our quilts come together, just a few more weeks of blocks!

**After you make your blocks, post about them on your blog (or flickr), then post a link.  Please post a permalink, do this by clicking on the title of your post, and copy that url, then paste it in the linky.  Thanks!

Let me know if you have questions – I’ll do my best to answer in the comments as we go.
Happy quilting ~

By |2017-11-17T09:14:25-06:00July 26th, 2010|quilt-along|25 Comments


  1. Frances July 26, 2010 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Just wanted you to know that I found you and am again on board. Thanks for helping.

  2. Summer Winberg July 26, 2010 at 9:01 am - Reply

    This is so exciting! :) But alas, I am quite a ways behind. Hoping to make some steady progress this week! :) Thank you for doing this for us! :)

  3. Lindsay July 26, 2010 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Good Happy Monday everyone!! My Blocks are complete!! I was so excited for this weeks blocks I got up extra early just so that I could do them before heading to my restaurant!!

    Hope everyone has a great week!

  4. Tove July 26, 2010 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Nice blocks! I’m all caught up thanks to the one week one thing challenge! Got everything I challenged myself to get done plus some! I expect this week to be slower!
    As alice is home from her trip and as you know little girls can be time consuming. But it’s all good we sure love her.

  5. Brittany July 26, 2010 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I loved these blocks, Amy! They were easy to put together for me.

  6. eileen July 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    having so much fun making these. in a half-size version…well, trying to make halvsies of these. some are less than half, but daughter told me how to do it correctly and they’re doing better. i don’t care though as i just love them all. quilting or pieceing i guess is like solving puzzles to me and it’s thrilling when they come together. also, crazy person that i am…i LOVE hst’s! i think they’re so cute in just about any size. have a great day!

  7. Carla Louise July 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    I am diligently working on my blocks and will post photos soon. I featured you and said thank you to you in my blog today. You, your patterns and your tutorials are great!!! THANK YOU!

  8. Carla Louise July 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for your patterns and tutorials! I love them! I posted about you on my blog post today and linked to your site! I have finished a bunch of my blocks and need to post the photos! Thanks for being special!!!

  9. Carla Louise July 26, 2010 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for your patterns and tutorials. They are so wonderful and inspiring. I appreciate you sharing and in my blog post today I thanked you and linked to your site. Maybe you can take a peek when you have a minute. Thanks again.

  10. Dusty July 27, 2010 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Oops, I linked to the wrong post. So sorry.

  11. Sarah Craig July 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Hi, Amy! I was a little worried – I lost you on my blogroll, but now that I’ve found you I can get caught up on this week’s blocks!! I guess the changes made a difference, but I’ve found you now!!

  12. Shannon Lowe July 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I’m so proud of myself! I actually got my blocks done and posted and it’s only Wednesday! :)

  13. Shannon July 28, 2010 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I am having some much fun. I can’t wait until we get to put it together. I think might be the ugliest quilt I will ever make, LOL!!

  14. Jenny July 30, 2010 at 6:27 am - Reply

    I love the new album block! Such sweet fabrics together. Definitely my favorite so far.

  15. Susan Piluk July 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Had today off from work, so I was able to get week 6’s blocks done. Love the New Album block, just need to work on not cutting off the points. Thanks Amy!

  16. Jill July 30, 2010 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Wow these were different! But fun to do and learn nonetheless!

  17. missknitta July 30, 2010 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    The “new album” block was particularly challenging, but really fun to learn! Looking forward to next week’s blocks!

  18. Quiet Quilter July 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Yea! One more successful week. Having fun, Amy, thanks a lot!

  19. Lucy July 31, 2010 at 11:25 am - Reply

    I finished my 11th and 12th Block today! I laid all of the blocks out today and I am really starting to see it all come together. I wish I would have know more about colors when going to choose mine for this quilt, now that I have a lot of it done I am not sure I picked my colors wisely any suggestions of choosing colors??
    I think we are ALL doing a GREAT JOB….Thanks Amy………….Lucy

  20. Carol July 31, 2010 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    I just finished mine and posted them.

  21. Karen Lange July 31, 2010 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    I LOVE these two blocks and so far they are my favorites!

    This is such fun!

    Now on to see those made by others…..


  22. Heather August 1, 2010 at 11:17 am - Reply

    I think these two are some of my favorites. I’m so glad I got them done.

  23. Mickey / harleywife August 2, 2010 at 9:25 am - Reply

    just finished ; now off to THIS WEEK’s blocks ! I am looking forward to them ; AND I WILL FINISH THEM EARLIER THAN THE LAST FEW WEEKS !!!

  24. Pam August 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    The blocks are coming to an end…what, in one more week. I shall be sad. I’ve already begun thinking of how to quilt this quilt. Shall I quilt each block or put the top together and send it out to a longarmer? I really would like an all-over design. There is still time to decide! lol…

  25. Kerry August 6, 2010 at 9:48 am - Reply

    I am having so much fun. Thank you.

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