Hi, I'm hoping somebody here can help me, I'm looking for a quilt
pattern for a quilt that is made up of different blocks like a sampler
quilt - but not one where each of the blocks is the same size. One
where there are blocks of all different sizes put together more like
I'm not sure what search term to put into google so I'm struggling.
Can anyone help?
I don't know the term either, but I thought I would take a stab at this one.
I don't know how such a quilt is ususally designed, but I will try to
explain how I would do it. I hope this isn't too confusing, as I am working
out some details of how I would do this, or at least explain it, as I type
Basically I would make the squares to be even multiples of each other in
size. For example, I would have small squares that are 4" by 4", medium
squares that are 8", and large squares that are 12," with, of course, 1/4"
inch around the outside for the seam allowances.
The small squares, to keep things simple, will just be solid squares of
material, either solid colors or patterns, whichever strikes your fancy.
The medium squares would be some established geometric pattern like fence
rail, or ohio star, or whatever. The large squares might have something
embroidered on them like a flower or a tree or whatever (I don't know how to
embroider, so this is just an example).
To design the quilt, use a sheet of graph paper with fairly large grids. A
single square on the graph paper would represent a 4" square, a 2 x 2 area
of blocks would represent an 8" square, and so on like that. Therefore, if
you wanted the quilt to be X inches wide, you would need graph paper that is
X/4 grids wide. For example, if your quilt is to be 60 inches wide (before
adding the borders), you would need graph paper that is 60/4 or 15 grids
wide. Use the same calculation for height.
First place a few of the larger squares, then in the remaining space place
some of the medium squares. In the 3x3 or 2x2 grid write what you are going
to put in that square, such as "flower" or "chsteps" or whatever. This can
be either "ramdomly" or in some pattern. All the places that a medium or
large square cannot fit will have to be filled in with the small squares. In
those single squares you might put a letter or letters for the color or
pattern you want there, such as an "r" for red, or "p1" for pattern #1.
Then of course, you would add your borders, do the quilting, and add the
binding in whatever way you usually do. I am really not to sure what to
tell you about calculating how much of what material you would have to get
after designing it, though.
The pattern for the quilt you gave a link to was probably designed with a
method that is similar to this, or at least if I were to attempt to reverse
engineer it, that is how I would do it. I would have to do a bit of
guessing, though, because I really don't know the size of the finished
I hope this helps, I have no idea what it is called or where you might find
a link to a pattern for this type of quilt.
Beautifully explained, Brian.
May I just add the using 3" as a factor, you can get four variations 3",
6", 9" and 12", without getting too large.
You can also use strips, which would be rectangles of the same factor -
4 or 3.
In message , Brian
There's a nice sampler in Quiltmaker (Fat Quarter Sampler) in 3 issues
starting September 2006. Made up very easily, good instructions, and
one could swap blocks with no trouble. We did it as a group project.
If you can't find the magazine any more, I'd be happy to mail you my
Roberta in D
Indeed, good job, Brian.
Note that The Shoebox Quilt shown is made in sections,
blocks joined into bigger blocks. Great for leftover blocks.
There appear to be 3 strips across the top, and
3 sections lined up along the lower almost-half
of the quilt.
Have you contacted Chris Gilman about her pattern?
I've made a few of these types of quilts. Will see if I have pics
of any of them.
Actually you can use any size blocks, use "coping strips" as necessary.
Depending on how wide you need the strips they can be one piece of
fabric, 1" squares (or whatever you need) or tiny blocks.
Flying geese, hourglass, and that type of block make good filler strips
Just plan out assembly and work in sections that can be joined easily.
Two of the ones I have done/in progress were "mystery" quilts done over
several months. Each was based on a book, life story of a quilter, and
each month we would read a chapter in the book. Laurene (Sinema) would
have a section which featured blocks representing that chapter of the
book. Even she didn't know how the whole thing would look until it was
finished. She designed the quilt as we went.
Have fun with it.
Pati, in Phx
I'm trying to design my own at the moment. I have a 20" carpenters
wheel block that I want to use. I think I'll add some 4" 4 patch blocks
to make it up to 24" and then continue with other blocks.
Thank you , I found some info on the Quiltmaker website under web
extras. It's very kind of you to offer to send the patterns to me - but
I won't take you up on your offer as I'm in England !
Susan Teegarden Dissmore has this type of quilt in her Clever Quilts and
Clever Quilts Encore. She uses the 'pictures' from panels and border
prints for her main blocks, but there is no reason you cannot substitute
pieced blocks instead.
I did one as a baby quilt and am just about to start another (different
print). Last year I made a quilt for an old friend's new Grandson and on
Sunday we were invited to his Christening at the beginning of September.
Robbie's mother is a twin, and her brother is bringing his children
(Cody aged 3 and Keira (spelling?)) 1) over from Australia, so they are
having a joint ceremony, hence two more quilts. One will be just pieced
aeroplanes on a sky coloured ground, the other a cheater panel with
border and a Dissmore sort of pieced backing using up rest of the border
And I said this year was going to be a year of relaxation and finishing
Incidently for the UKers - I ordered fabric from The Tabbycat on Sunday
evening, it was posted on Monday and I received it on Tuesday. I ordered
enough for free postage (The parcel had £8.50 in stamps on it!) and I
got a free pack of 9 x 10" co-ordinating fabric because I had ordered
over £50 worth. NAYY but I always use them - they have a good stock
including Makower Spraytime, their packaging is brilliant and their
Now all washed, patterns sorted and ready to go. Tomorrow out comes the
Sally at the Seaside~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~uk
Thanks for including the recommendation for The Tabbycat, Sally. I
have, of course!, been drawn by their name, but have never ordered from
them. For me, Spraytime is the most useful fabric ever - and you can't
always find it. So, that's great.
Good luck with your new quilts.
In message , Sally Swindells
>Susan Teegarden Dissmore has this type of quilt in her Clever Quilts
>and Clever Quilts Encore. She uses the 'pictures' from panels and
>border prints for her main blocks, but there is no reason you cannot
>substitute pieced blocks instead.
>I did one as a baby quilt and am just about to start another (different
>print). Last year I made a quilt for an old friend's new Grandson and
>on Sunday we were invited to his Christening at the beginning of
>September. Robbie's mother is a twin, and her brother is bringing his
>children (Cody aged 3 and Keira (spelling?)) 1) over from Australia, so
>they are having a joint ceremony, hence two more quilts. One will be
>just pieced aeroplanes on a sky coloured ground, the other a cheater
>panel with border and a Dissmore sort of pieced backing using up rest
>of the border print.
>And I said this year was going to be a year of relaxation and finishing >UFOs!!
>Incidently for the UKers - I ordered fabric from The Tabbycat on Sunday
>evening, it was posted on Monday and I received it on Tuesday. I
>ordered enough for free postage (The parcel had £8.50 in stamps on it!)
>and I got a free pack of 9 x 10" co-ordinating fabric because I had
>ordered over £50 worth. NAYY but I always use them - they have a good
>stock including Makower Spraytime, their packaging is brilliant and
>their service supersonic!
>Now all washed, patterns sorted and ready to go. Tomorrow out comes the >rotary cutter!!
>Sally at the Seaside~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~uk