how to make a modern Simple sampler quilt by Sharon McConnell
Free Quilt Patterns, Quilting Interest, Summer Blockbuster 2015

Summer Blockbuster: Finishing the Quilt Top

how to sew simple modern sampler quilt

Thank you for following along this month as we quilt along on the Summer Blockbuster, making our sampler quilt blocks into a finished quilt top!

Last week we finished sewing the blocks with the sashing strips and blue setting triangles. This week it is time to arrange those blocks, sew the rows and finish the top.


1. Arrange your blocks as you want them to appear in the final quilt. If you are sewing with me: for the 72 block quilt you will make nine rows of eight blocks. For the 36 block quilt, you will have six rows of six blocks. Your arrangement might be different depending on how many blocks you have.

2. My blocks are arranged so that the gray and white sashing colors move across the quilt on a diagonal, with the blue triangles forming “hourglass”-style designs. Try rearranging your blocks by turning them, you might like it with four blue triangles coming together to form squares at the corners. You can also form different secondary patterns with the gray and white elements as you rotate the blocks.

*For ideas,  click here, and see the same concept of rotating the block for different designs in my Jumping Jacks quilt*

3. Once the blocks are arranged as you wish, sew them together first in rows. As shown in photo above. Press odd number rows to the left and even number rows to the right.

Tip: My mom was helping me sew my quilt together, and she had the idea to label the rows to keep it straight what order to sew them. As you can see in the photo, she wrote the row number on a scrap of fabric and pinned it on. You could do the same with scraps of paper or painters’ tape.

how to sew simple modern patchwork sampler quilt


4. Sew the rows together. Make sure the corner seams match to make neat hourglass units with the triangles, or whatever design you decide on.

5. Finished quilt top! hooray. You can add borders if you like to make the quilt bigger or form a frame (see my border tutorial, Here).

My quilt was quilted in an allover geometric “maze” design by Darby of Quilted Squid.

For instructions  on finishing your quilt, see my binding tutorial, Here.

how to make a modern Simple sampler quilt by Sharon McConnell


That wraps up the Summer Blockbuster of 2015. Happy July to all and happy sewing! I would love to see what you make with any of my quilt-alongs or patterns. Please use #colorgirlquilts on Instagram and/or follow and post on my Facebook page.


3 thoughts on “Summer Blockbuster: Finishing the Quilt Top

  1. Velda says:

    Summer Blockbuster top is done. Now I think I may add a border. It looks better in real life than it does in the pic…sadly lacking in Instagram skill, but if you want to see it, it’s posted on #colorgirlquilts by Islandgirlreturns.

  2. Kristi says:

    That is stunning!!! I’ve never made a sampler but now want too! 🙂

  3. Mary Margaret Wacker says:

    Was this ever written up and presented with all the blocks? I just found the picture on Pinterest and love it.

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