Simple Sampler Block #36


how to make a simple modern sampler quilt block


Kind of crazy, this is the last in our Super Simple Sampler quilt block series. After this block we have 36 adorable 6 1/2″ quilt blocks ready to be made into an easy modern quilt. If you have been following along, I have also been making blocks each month from Tula Pink’s City Sampler book (see posts here), so I have 72 blocks!

This summer I will be posting a series of tutorials to make these blocks into a quilt, so whether you have made 72 (or more!) or just the 36 in the Super Simple Sampler series, you will make a great quilt.

EDIT: Click Here to go the page containing the tutorial series on setting your blocks into the finished quilt.

Let’s Sew!


from the yellow and pink (each): cut (2) 2″ x 3  1/2″ rectangles

from the dark blue: cut (4) 2″ squares

from the gray print: cut (4) 1″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles; cut (4) 1  1/2″ x 3  1/2″ rectangles

how to make a simple modern sampler quilt block



right sides facing, 1/4″ seam, press well.

1. place one dark blue square, right sides facing, over a pink rectangle, so it covers the right end. Mark the diagonal of the square, from top left to bottom right, and sew on that line.

2. trim the excess corner fabric 1/4″ from the seam line, open and press. See below.

how to make a simple modern sampler quilt block


3. Repeat steps 1-2 for both pink rectangles and both yellow rectangles. Ensure the resulting units are identical, that is, the dark blue triangle finishes as the upper right corner.

how to make a simple modern sampler quilt block


4. Arrange the sewn units as shown above, with a 1″ x 3  1/2″ gray rectangle on top and a 1  1/2″ x 3 1/2″ gray rectangle on bottom. Sew the gray rectangles to the pink and yellow units. Press.

how to make a simple modern sampler quilt block


5. Arrange the sewn units so that the pink and yellow form a pinwheel shape and the dark blue squares are oriented to the center of the block. Sew each pink unit to a yellow unit, press toward the gray fabric strips.

how to make a simple modern sampler quilt block


6. Sew the two halves together to complete the block. Press well.

This is among my very favorites of all the blocks, so it is a good one to finish. I hope you like it too!


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  1. wendy May 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    What a fab block, great colour scheme

  2. Velda Roy May 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Caught up again. I have 36 blocks made. Can’t wait to see this all put together.

  3. Lauren May 28, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Googling something else entirely I saw a couple of your sweet sampler blocks and remembered the Figures charm pack I have stashed. I went looking for an intro post but only found block #1. These seem (mostly) charm pack friendly; are they meant to be? How many packs does one need (different answer depending on how many QALs, I know…) Basically, where’s the intro post?? These are too cute, and I’d love to use that impulse purchase charm pack!

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