Blockbuster Sampler Quilt: Cutting and Sewing


how to make simple modern sampler quilt,It was so great to hear from a few of you who are going to sew the Summer Blockbuster quilt with me! Thank you so much, it is way more fun, and I can’t wait to see what you make. Be sure and Like the Color Girl Quilts Facebook page so you can post your progress. If you are just tuning in, get the details on this Mini-Quilt-Along, Here.

Today I have cutting instructions, and the first sewing step. Let’s get to it,

Cutting for the 72 block quilt (cutting instructions for the 36 block quilt are at the end of this post, sewing instructions are the same)

width of fabric based on standard 42-44″.

*Tip: when sewing narrow strips, such as the 1 1/2″ sashing strips used here, it is wise to cut them slightly wider (1/4″) than needed. This allows you to square up the blocks to the exact same size once the sashing is on. This provides some forgiveness if the sampler blocks aren’t all perfectly 6 1/2″ or the sashing strips get a bit crooked when sewing (-:   if you do this, you must also extend the length of the second set of strips, that is, cut them 9″ instead of 8 1/2″.

from the gray (sashing), cut three strips 6 1/2″ by width of fabric (wof), then cut (72) strips 6 1/2″ x 1 1/2″; three strips 8 1/2″ x wof, then cut (72) strips 8 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

from the white (sashing), cut the same as for the gray above.

from the navy blue (half-square triangles), cut nine strips 2 5/8″ x wof, then cut (144) 2 5/8″ squares.


1. Arrange a sampler block with one 6 1/2″ of each white and gray as shown below:

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2. Sew the strips to opposite sides of the quilt block. Press toward the strips.

3. Add one 8 1/2″ strip of gray and white to the remaining sides of the block:

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4. Sew the 8 1/2″ strips to the block. Press toward the sashing strips.

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5. Repeat steps 1-4 for all of the sampler blocks. Block now measures 8 1/2″ square. Trim and square as needed.

If your blocks are a different size than mine, the first set of strips should be the same length as your quilt block, unfinished (My blocks are 6 1/2″ square). The second set of strips are the length of the quilt block, unfinished, plus 2″ (for example, 6 1/2″ plus 2″ makes my second strips 8 1/2″).

Cutting for the 36 block quilt

Find instructions to make 36 simple sampler quilt blocks, Here

from the gray (sashing), cut six strips 1 1/2″ x wof, then cut (36) 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ strips; cut eight strips 1 1/2″ x wof, then cut (36) 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ strips

from the white (sashing), cut the same as for the gray above.

from the navy blue (half-square triangles), cut 5 strips 2 5/8″ x wof, then cut (72) 2 5/8″ squares

thanks for sewing along with me!







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  1. Susan in Dublin July 5, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Will use an old set of scrappy kiddie blocks (spots, dots, Stars and Stripes) with white and pale blue sashing. Don’t have that many blocks, so quilt will be,small, but pieced!

  2. Wendy Young January 21, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Is there a way to print off instructions for the whole simple sampler quilt? I don’t have time right now but would love to in the future and might loose the website. The quilt is beautiful.

  3. Janelle February 6, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I absolutely adore this quilt and am wondering what you think of using it as a sort of Quilting Journeys Quilt … The idea being, that as one quilts, they make one of these blocks for this QJQ out of fabrics from quilts they’re making for others. That way, one gets to “remember” the journey of quilts making, and learn a block and eventually pull together an entire quilt made from past quilting fun. I’ve been on the hunt for a pattern to do this that has some “grounding and enough cohesiveness (white sashing and a neutral sashing, and the black bows) to bring some cohesiveness to so many differing fabrics. Do you think this would be a good pattern? Is it printed somewhere in it’s entirety? LOVE IT!

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