Sampler quilt patterns have been popular with quilters for generations. A sampler quilt pattern allows a quilter to experiment with a variety of quilt blocks and stitch the whole thing into an attractive, useful work of art. Some quilters use a wide variety of fabrics in a rainbow of colors. However, other quilters prefer to stick to one color scheme to provide unity for the whole quilt. The designers at AccuQuilt have released a new, free quilting pattern that is a sampler pattern. The GO! Strip Star Sampler Quilt Pattern uses five different quilt block designs, joined together to create a lovely star medallion in the center of the quilt. It looks quite intricate, but stitching the quilt blocks separately means that you can achieve the appearance without the headache.
The GO! Strip Star Sampler Quilt is one that will look best with a unified color scheme. You will not get the full effect of the intricate pattern if you choose too many colors. The AccuQuilt designers used a blue, aqua, and green color scheme – but if your decor calls for a different scheme, feel free to modify it, substituting colors that match your own tastes. The original quilt calls for three shades of green, an aqua, a medium blue, and a dark blue. The finished dimensions of the quilt are 45 inches by 45 inches. When completed, each block is 8 inches square. The nice thing about the finished dimensions of the quilt is that they are the width of standard quilt fabrics, so you can easily cut your quilt binding without having to piece it.
Of course, the designers of the quilt planned for you to use their GO! Quilt Cutters to craft your quilt. This is the best way to skip the tedium of cutting quilt pieces and to ensure perfectly sized pieces. However, if you want to use scissors or a rotary cutter to cut your pieces, you can. Just follow the provided charts carefully and measure before you cut. One key to having a perfectly pieced quilt is careful cutting and stitching of the pieces.
The instructions of the GO! Strip Star Sampler Quilt say that the difficulty is intermediate or advanced. Most of the quilt is fairly straightforward with straight line seams. However, the center star will present some challenges for less experienced quilters. The inside corners of the star blocks where they join with the solid, dark blue pieces are very challenging. Yet, if you are a beginning quilter with a few quilts under your belt, this may be just the pattern on which you can dip your toe into the waters of more complex quilting designs.Remember to slow down and take your time on those tricky corners. If you find that you just cannot stitch them perfectly, keep in mind that completed is better than perfect. Everyone has to start somewhere, and you will increase your precision as you continue to stitch these more complicated quilting seams. Do not get discouraged if it is tricky for a while. Eventually with practice, your points will improve. When you have completed the GO! Strip Star Sampler Quilt, you will find that it is lovely as a wall hanging. Even if it’s not exactly perfect, you can be proud of this accomplishment. Happy quilting!