Sister Sampler Quilts Blog Hop

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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