Sampler Quilt – Quilt-a-Long (QAL) Project for Beginners

Are you a quilting beginner, or want to improve your quilting skills? Then you will love our latest project – “The Sampler Quilt Project – A Quilt-a-Long (QAL) for Beginners”.

Finished sampler quilt (qal) held by Cindy

I’m really excited to announce the beginning of this project. The aim is to improve your quilting skills by creating 12 different quilt blocks. Each block is 8″ square. These are then assembled into a finished quilt measuring 36″x46″ (throw sized).

Along the way you will be learning how to produce fundamental blocks such as half square triangles, log cabins and flying geese. You will also become confident in layering, slashing and binding.

How the Quilt-a-Long Works

We will be producing tutorials for each of the blocks on our blog over the coming 6 months. All of the tutorials are free, you just need to have a sewing machine, fabric, bias binding and wadding (batting).

I really enjoyed producing this Sampler Quilt. It was fun to sew and not too difficult if you are just getting started. In fact, this is a perfect project for beginners and intermediates.

You can see the finished quilt which we will be producing in the photo below. Want your own colour scheme – no problem! You can use your own fabrics, as you prefer.

Sampler quilt on couch - Quilt-a-long

Requirements

Width of fabric = width 44″ which is approx 112cm
FQ = Fat Quarter (minimum 18″x22″)

  • ½m fabric 1 (white)
  • 1xFQ fabric 2 (navy blue)
  • 1xFQ fabric 3 (airforce blue)
  • 1xFQ fabric 4 (light blue)
  • 1xFQ fabric 5 (dark grey, linen look)
  • 1xFQ fabric 6 (mid grey)
  • 1xFQ fabric 7 (light grey, linen look)
  • 1½m wadding (width 1m)
  • 1½m backing fabric (width 44″ or 112cm)
  • 4m bias binding tape (1″ or 25mm)

Fabric & Materials Kit

If you would like to make things easy and get started with all of our fabrics, I have put together a fabric kit that includes all of the fabric, wadding and bias binding necessary to complete this project.

Quilt-a-long sampler quilt - laying on top of a double bed

What to Expect Next

We will be producing tutorials for this project each month, and expect to be completed in 6 months.

You will be able to quilt along with us and ask any questions if you get stuck.

The first tutorial will be posted early in October 2022. So, in the meantime you can gather your supplies or sort out fabrics to use from your stash.

I look forward to quilting alongside you!

Cindy holding finished sampler quilt

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