Sampler Quilt Project – Tutorial 1 – Squares and Rectangles – Blocks 1, 2 and 3

I’m excited to be starting the Sampler Quilt Project today!

This is a free quilt-a-long project that will help build your quilting skills (full details on our introduction blog post).

In this first month, we will be creating 3 quilt blocks. We’ll be starting off nice and easily using square pieces on block 1. Then we will be introducing rectangle pieces for block 2. Finally, we’ll be combining these shapes into a slightly more complex pattern for block 3.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about this project by using the comments below or shooting me a message by our contact page. I don’t want you to feel stuck, so take advantage of this opportunity… there are NO silly questions!

Key:

  • All seam allowances are ¼”
  • RST = Right Sides Together
  • HST = Half Square Triangle
  • All Finished blocks are 8”
  • The finished quilt size is 36″x46″

Colours

Before we get started, here is a guide to the colours of fabrics I’m using throughout this quilt. They correspond to the sampler quilt kit and all photos in the promotion material. You can change these colours to suit your own preference. Just make a note of your colours and label them A – G.

Let’s Get Started

When it comes to constructing blocks we are going to start with the piece on the top left hand corner of the top row and work from left to right to form the first row. We will construct each row before piecing the rows together.

There are two main skills that we will be concentrating on when creating these blocks:

  1. Sewing accurate straight lines with a ¼” seam allowance
  2. How to press your seams. Pressing the seams in different directions for each row stops the build up of bulk when you come to sew the rows together (see diagram below showing the back of the block).

Constructing Block 1

squares quilt block in blue and grey

Colour C – cut (8) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares

Colour D – cut (8) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares

Lay out your pieces as shown in the block diagram below.

Start with the first row working form right to left, sewing each square with RST along the centre vertical seam. Press seams to the right.

Repeat for the second row and press seams to the left.

Repeat for the third row and press seams to the right.

Repeat for the fourth row and press seams to the left.

Place your 1st row and 2nd row with RST and sew along the centre horizontal seam. Making sure that you line up the edges of your squares.

Place this piece to your 3rd row with RST and sew along the centre horizontal seam.

Finally place this piece to your 4th row with RST and sew along the centre horizontal seam.

Open out and press flat your first block is now complete.

Constructing Block 2

squares and rectangle quilt block in blue and grey

Colour D – cut (4) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares

Colour E – cut (4) 4 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles

Colour G – cut (1) 4 ½” x 4 ½” squares

Lay out your pieces as shown in the block diagram below.

Put the first top small square and rectangle with RST and sew along the centre vertical seam. Then add the second small square. Press seams to the right.

Take the rectangle and large square with RST and sew along the centre vertical seam. Then add the second rectangle. Press seams to the left.

Put the third small square and rectangle with RST and sew along the centre vertical seam. Then add the fourth small square. Press seams to the right.

Place your 1st row and 2nd row with RST and sew along the centre horizontal seam. Making sure that you line up the edges of your pieces.

Place this piece to your 3rd row with RST and sew along the centre horizontal seam.

Constructing Block 3

squares and rectangle quilt block in blue and grey

Colour B – cut (4) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares

Colour C – cut (4) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares

Colour D – cut (4) 4 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles

Lay out your pieces as shown in the block diagram below.

Put the first top small square and rectangle with RST and sew along the centre vertical seam. Then add the second small square. Press seams to the right.

This time we are going to construct the checkered centre square of this row first. Place the top 2 squares RST and sew along the centre vertical seam. Press seams to the left.

Repeat for the bottom 2 squares and press seams to the right. Now place both rows together with RST and sew along the centre horizontal seam.

Place the rectangle with RST to this central checkered square and sew along the centre vertical seam. Press seams to the left. Repeat for the other rectangle.

Put the bottom small square and rectangle with RST and sew along the centre vertical seam. Then add the final small square. Press seams to the right.

Place your 1st row and 2nd row with RST and sew along the centre horizontal seam. Making sure that you line up the edges of your pieces.

Place this piece to your 3rd row with RST and sew along the centre horizontal seam.

Your third block is now complete.

What’s Next?

Next month we will be creating a further 3 blocks.

The tutorial will be posted on our blog in the first week of November.

In the meantime, remember that you can ask any questions in the comments below or using our contact page.

Happy Sewing!

Cindy

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