100 Days – Week of Blocks – Featured Quilt 1

Sampler quilts have, historically, been a way for quilters to practice and display their skills with a range of different block styles. Today, we’re featuring Elizabeth Dackson’s beautiful Summer Sampler Plus quilt.

Elizabeth blogs at Don’t Call Me Betsy. Her blog post about this quilt can be found here.

We loved the crisp and focused color scheme and the variety of piecing skills on display in this quilt! We also asked Elizabeth a couple of questions.

MQG: What do you think makes your quilt modern?

Elizabeth: There’s a lot of things about this quilt that read modern to me, but the one that jumps to the front of my mind is the quilting.  I feel that stretching yourself to try different things is a big part of modern quilting.  I chose to quilt this quilt in a style that was new to me, inspired by the geometric feel of this quilt, using an interconnected maze boxes.  I also think the mix of styles and techniques in the blocks gives the quilt a fresh feel, the mix of classic blocks mixed with more geometric paper-pieced blocks. 

MQG: What is your all-time favorite block pattern?

Elizabeth: My personal favorite block at the moment would have to be the Sawtooth Star.  Stars are one of my favorite recurring shapes in quilting, and it’s the first traditional block I really mastered, so it holds a special place in my heart as a result.  It’s such a simple block, and yet with the right fabric choices, it can be made in a fun, modern kind of way. 

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