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Free Sampler Quilt Tutorial from Riley Blake and Amy Smart

Right before I left for England, I finished piecing my Meet the Maker sampler quilt and got it too my quilter. I’m so excited to share the finished quilt and share with you how to make your own sampler quilt!

Free Quilt pattern from Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter

This quilt is made up of 5 different star block designs and 1 repeating setting block. I have links to instructions for all six quilt blocks below. I love the way the red Irish Chain blocks create a repeat design that sets off all of the other pieced blocks!

Sampler Quilt featuring Gingham Girls and Sunnyside ave fabric from Amy Smart

This quilt was made using fabrics from my first two fabric collections, a combination of Gingham Girls and Sunnyside Avenue. The two lines were always designed to play well together and I love the finished result!

Free Quilt blocks patterns + assembly instructions from Diary of a Quilter

This quilt finishes at 64″ x 84″

Fabric requirements include:

  • about 2 yards of white background fabric
  • 1st border (red): 1/4 yard
  • 2nd border (navy): 1 yard
  • Binding (green): 1/2 yard
  • Backing: 5 yards

This quilt pattern is a great one for using up favorite fabrics and scraps. All of the blocks in this quilt finish at 10″ x 10″, so it would also work for using up orphan 10″ x 10″ quilt blocks too!

Patchworks sampler quilt pattern from Amy Smart

Here are the links to the tutorials for each of the blocks:

Make 17 patchwork blocks using any combination of these 5 tutorials. (Or incorporate any 10″ x 10″ blocks that you like.) All of these blocks are part of the Riley Blake Meet the Makers series.

Free Quilt Block TutorialBlock 1 tutorial here

 Block 2 Tutorial here

Block 3 Tutorial here

Block 4 Tutorial Here

Block 5 Tutorial Here

Here is my variety of pieced blocks before I assembled them. I loved playing with scrappy color combinations. If you look at them now, you can see that I only used the color red as an accent color in these blocks. That’s because I was planning to use red as my dominant color in my off-setting block. (heh heh! Aren’t I clever?)

The off-setting block in this quilt is an Irish Chain Block. You’ll need to make 18 of these blocks for this throw-size quilt.

Irish Chain Block Tutorial Here

Once all of the blocks are created, lay out the blocks 5 blocks across, 7 rows down. Start with an Irish Chain block and alternate with the star blocks.

Sampler quilt free pattern from Amy Smart

Here is how the first two rows will appear. Sew blocks together by rows and press seams toward the Irish Chain blocks. This will help the seams nest together when you start sewing the rows together.

Free Sampler Quilt blocks + pattern assembly from Amy Smart

The borders I used for this quilt are as follows:

1st border: cut 6 white strips 2 1/2″ x WOF (width of fabric). I also cut 4 navy 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares to use as cornerstones for this border

2nd border: cut 7 strips (red) 2″ x WOF

3rd border: cut 7 strips (navy)

This is the method that I use for adding borders to a quilt. It’s simple and always provides perfect results. The key is the pinning – don’t skip that part! That’s what will give you nice square quilt without waves in the borders.

Baptist Fan Quilting by Sew Shabby Quilting. Quilt by Amy Smart.

Here is the method I use for basting a quilt and preparing it for quilting. You can quilt it on your own machine or by hand. Or, you can do what I did – have it done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. 🙂 I like that this quilt has a bit of a retro-vibe so I had her do a traditional Baptist Fan overall design.

Quilt back featuring Sunnyside Ave fabrics by Amy Smart

Here’s a peek at the back of my quilt. I did a pieced back using my red apple fabric and the red hearts from Sunnyside Ave and the woven red gingham from Riley Blake Designs.

Free Sampler Quilt pattern from Amy Smart

There you go! I had fun taking this quilt to a local favorite spot for some beauty shots before all the autumn leaves are gone. Best time of the year!

Free Quilt pattern - Star Sampler Quilt

Post Edit: A few people have asked if there is a printable version of this quilt. This time I’m afraid there is not. The reason this pattern is free is because all of the star blocks are provided by Riley Blake Designs. As such the videos/patterns are their intellectual property, not mine.

But their sharing is what makes this pattern free, so that is the trade off. Thanks for understanding. If you’d like to save this pattern for later use, pin the above image to help you find this post later!

Also, the idea of kits was mentioned in a comment. I’m considering putting a few together. Please leave a comment if you’d be interested in a kit (it would probably only be for the quilt blocks) and I’ll contact you if/when they are available.

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Lynne Tilley
    November 1, 2018 at 11:30 am

    That is just absolutely gorgeous. Fabulous! I just love all the colors and, like you, the way the Irish Chain works its way through. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m PDF’ing this tutorial. Thanks!

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    Laurie George
    November 1, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I love your quilt, Amy! I have made some quilts from your tutorials and have others planned. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your talent!

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    Sheri
    November 1, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Very pretty! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorials!! I have used your saw tooth star tutorial many times and have made your charm square baby quilt with sashing and got lots of inspiration from your posts! Always look forward to reading your posts. Thanks again!

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      Amy
      November 2, 2018 at 8:40 am

      You’re welcome. I’m so glad!!

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    Joanne
    November 2, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Love it! And the background is beautiful!

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    farmhousequiltsblog
    November 2, 2018 at 5:56 am

    The colors are just so wonderful and I LOVE the way you did the backing…a happy surprise!

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    Maxine Reisenleiter
    November 2, 2018 at 7:21 am

    It turned out beautifully. Thanks so much for putting all the links in one post because it’s so helpful. I need a new project to work on and I’ve been closely watching your progress. I just love it.

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    Rosemaryflower
    November 2, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    This is beautiful I want to make this quilt now

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    Betty
    November 3, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Oh my gosh, it is just gorgeous. The colors and the design are perfect. Thank you so much. It is a must for sure.

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    Jan
    November 3, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    AMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I have poured over these posts. I kept thinking just this week about how I wish I could have them all in one place. I love star quilts and I’ve been watching this from the beginning. Thank you again! Also, would it work to make the star blocks and use a simpler row by row setting for a quilt? I’m not sure my skills are ready for the piecing in your beautiful quilt.

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      Amy
      November 3, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Yes! I’m sure a Row by Row layout would be wonderful too! The stars really are versatile and fun. I’m so glad you like it!

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    Susan Thompson
    November 3, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I started making this quilt when I saw you were using your own fabrics, because I had some that I had never gotten around to using. Then I bought all I could find online. I hope to give it as a Christmas gift. I love your fabrics and I love the way they look in this quilt pattern. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Amy
      November 3, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      Aww, thank you, Susan!

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    Karen
    November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    This is a lovely quilt. I wish it was a kit! I have some of each collection left, but certainly not enough to make this quilt. So pretty.

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    Rachel
    November 4, 2018 at 1:05 am

    So beautiful! And I love the way you had it quilted. The curves really complement the geometric design.

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    Vicki
    November 4, 2018 at 6:44 am

    I made a baby quilt with Gingham Girls fabric…. beautiful fabric….one of my favorites……

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    Adana
    November 4, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I love this quilt! So pretty! I also would like to know where you took these pictures. Please share. 😊

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    RaeLyn Boothe
    November 6, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Amy, I linked my blog, http://www.seamlesspiecing.com, to this post, and your blog, as a gift to my followers. The post will go live Dec 19, 2018. If you want a preview of the post let me know and I’ll email you the text. Thanks for the pattern to this lovely quilt. It looks great in your fabrics!

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    Liz Rehrauer
    November 8, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    This quilt is gorgeous in your fabrics. Of all meet the makers, your blocks were my favorites. I will be pinning this and putting it on to-do list.

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