There are thousands of named quilt blocks out there…when you start counting them—and their variations—your head can start to swim! We put together 12 Classic Quilt Blocks a while back for quilters who want to explore and build a solid foundation in quilting’s rich traditions. These classic blocks (and so many more), form the backbone of all the quilts we make, whether strictly traditional or the very edge of modern—or something in between.
Stitching 12 Classic Quilt Blocks
I am going to stitch up each of the 12 Classic Quilt Blocks and share each of these blocks with you as I go down the list. I invite you to stitch along! After all 12 blocks are stitched, I’m going to make them into a sampler quilt using a design of my own, inspired by the block setting/pattern we suggest in the infographic that’s available on our free project page at Landauerpub.com.
Every quilt project begins with fabric selection. I’m planning on giving this quilt to my daughter, who will be moving into a big girl bed soon (sniff, sniff). Knowing that I’m making the quilt for a specific recipient helps to guide my color choice. She LOVES purple, so I have to include quite a bit of that. But she is such a bright, vivacious little person, that I know that I want to use a lot of bright colors, rather than more muted tones.
Stash Busting Blocks
While I love having a fabric stash, it does feel like it gets out of control sometimes! Because I am making a sampler quilt, I decided to do a little stash busting and use only fabrics that I have in my stash. (Though I will likely wind up having to buy the backing fabric…and maybe something to use as sashing to “tie it all together.”)
Above you can see the fabrics that I culled out of my stash for this project. You can also see one of my most favorite quilting tools…the sticky note! I would never keep anything straight without sticky notes.
If you want to join me in making a sampler quilt, you can download the 12 Classic Quilt Blocks here and start choosing your own fabrics! You can see that I have chosen to make the blocks in a variety of sizes. This is going to help give my quilt a more modern look, even though it will be made entirely of these traditional blocks.
Up next: the Ohio Star quilt block and how to read an exploded block diagram.