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.
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!
Fons & Porter/F+W; $19.99
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