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The inspiration for designing the Bright Sampler Quilt was a personal challenge to create a new sampler quilt using both the Mix and Match patchwork dies and the value die shapes that are packaged with the GO!® Fabric Cutter. The eight Mix and Match dies each have an alphabet letter (A through H) and work together to create various 12″ finished blocks. Many of these block ideas can be downloaded from accuquilt.com. This set of shapes was originally designed by Jean Ann Wright for the Studio™ Fabric Cutter.
As a designer and consultant for AccuQuilt since 2003, one of my early contributions was to update the shapes to cut off the dog ears and layout multiples of each shape on a single die board for even quicker cutting. The Mix and Match die set divides the blocks into two or four sections. By adding the 4 1/2″ square, 2 1/2″ square and 2″ finished half square triangles on the value die, this opened up blocks that can be divided into three or six sections. The Bright Sampler Quilt features blocks with all these possibilities.
Blocks from any sampler can be used to make one block quilts or to combine two blocks in a checkerboard layout for interesting quilt designs. Changing colors within the blocks can also create new quilts.
The EQ7 computer program is a great way to play with color and block designs. A hands-on approach is to cut different colored paper shapes with the various dies, then trim off the 1/4″ seam allowances. Lay out the shapes, twisting and turning them to reveal how the shapes work with each other. Use 12″ scrapbooking paper as a background. Once you have a design you like, take a digital photograph, and keep playing with the shapes. The block designs that can be created with these basic squares, triangles, rectangles and parallelograms are almost endless.
The Mix and Match shapes are available for the Studio Fabric Cutter in 8″, 10″ and 12″ finished block sizes. For the GO! Fabric Cutter the following chart shows the dies for both 12″ and 8″ finished block sizes.
About this Blogger
Kay Gentry began sewing at age 8 and has never stopped. She earned a degree in Textiles and Clothing from Ohio State University. She has tried most every type of sewing and needle arts; making wedding dresses and doing upholstery and countless garment construction from doll clothes to 3 piece suits. She made her first quilt in the late 1970’s but didn’t really get immersed in the quilting world until the early 1990’s. She started her pattern design business, Noble Needle Quilting and Sewing, in 2003. Her 80+ patterns are written for both die cutting and traditional cutting methods. Kay has worked as a designer and consultant for AccuQuilt for more than 8 years. She also works and teaches quilting at the Mason Jar Quilt Shoppe in Beavercreek, Ohio. Her website features images of her quilt patterns and precut kits. Several of her patterns are also available for downloading from accuquilt.com. Website: www.nobleneedle.com