Sister Sampler Quilts Blog Hop

Sister Sampler Quilts Book Cover-1

AnneMarie sent me a copy of her beautiful new book, Sister Sampler Quilts: 3 Modern Sampler Quilts with Paired Sister Blocks.  If you are a fan of GenXQuilters then you will love this book because it is just what one would expect from AnneMarie.  Her designs are a thoughtful combination of the modern and traditional.  In this book, she shares 3 modernized sampler quilts.  The samplers are designed to use “sister” blocks which simply means a set of two of the same blocks used within the same quilt–sometimes they are identical, sometimes made from different fabrics, and in the Vice Versa Sampler, AnneMarie makes the second sister block an inverse of the first. I have to say that I am smitten with the idea of the inverse blocks.  I think it is a fun approach and results in really interesting blocks.


I tried out the very first block in the book, Grandmother’s Frame. I was drawn in by the fussy cutting.  This block allows you to fussy cut a larger scale design, which isn’t as common as a small scale fussy cut.  So, that sounded like fun to me.

Grandmother's Frame by Amy Friend

Here is my version. I used Maureen’s new fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics called Fleet and Flourish for the fussy cut center. I then chose coordinating solids for the remainder of the block.  The book provided cutting instructions for two sizes for this block. I made the 9″ block and then set it on point with corner triangles.  The directions were clear and concise.

This book includes lots of basics like HST construction and binding for those who are beginning. But the design aesthetic and ideas will suit the most advanced quilter.  As I mentioned earlier, AnneMarie really has me inspired by the inverse blocks.  I would like to play with those in the future! 

If you are interested in a copy, here is all you need to know!

Sister Sampler Quilts: 3 Modern Sampler Quilts with Paired Sister Blocks

By AnneMarie Chany

Fons & Porter/F+W; $19.99

Please stop by the other blogs participating in this hop to see more of the book!

Monday, January 18  
AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters – Introduction
Sara Lawson / Sew Sweetness
Tuesday, January 19 
Leah Day / Free Motion Project
Brenda Ratliff / Just A Bit Frayed
Wednesday, January 20
Faith Jones / Fresh Lemons Quilts
Angela Pingel / Cut To Pieces
Thursday, January 21
Lynne Goldsworthy / Lily’s Quilts
Amy Friend / During Quiet Time
Friday, January 22
Christa Watson / Christa Quilts
Violet Craft
Monday, January 25
Lee Heinrich / Freshly Pieced
Melissa Corry / Happy Quilting
Tuesday, January 26
Karen Lewis / Karen Lewis Textiles
Wednesday, January 27
Sherri McConnell / A Quilting Life
Melissa Mortensen / Polka Dot Chair
Thursday, January 28
Heather Valentine / The Sewing Loft
Friday, January 29
Cindy Wiens / Live A Colorful Life
AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters – Wrap Up

Intentional Piecing, My Book!


The day has finally come when I can share my big secret!  Goodness,  it’s hard to not talk about something that has been consuming all your time, thoughts and energy!  I am thrilled to announce that my book, Intentional Piecing, will be published by Lucky Spool in Spring 2016.  I am so proud to be a part of Lucky Spool.  With Lucky Spool, I’ve had the privilege of really making this “my” book.  I think you will find that the book reflects me and my work from the title, through to the projects, fabric selections and photography.  I love that I can present my work to you in a way that makes me feel so comfortable.  In fact, I was able to photograph all my projects.  How cool is that?  I hope that you will get a sense for my New England home when you see the photos that were all shot locally.

My book is focused on fussy cutting, which really shouldn’t be a huge surprise to my blog readers!  I love to cut my fabric just so and place it in a way that really makes a design effective.  This is what I mean by intentional piecing.  The book includes more than fussy cutting motifs, the book explores directional prints, stripes, gradients and even selvages!


Of course, I had to include some new pictorial paper pieced blocks and am really thrilled with these 10 new designs.  But there is so much more inside the book!  I can’t wait till I can show you everything else!

In the meantime, if you want to preorder, Intentional Piecing is available on Amazon (that kind of feels surreal to write!).