When we received the Simpler Sampler quilt to photograph, we swooned over it. The quilt panel has the look (without the work) of English paper pieced look, and all the colors and blocks are beautifully blended. We’ve invited Vicki Bellino on the Jolly Jabber to talk about her NEW BOM!
Hello everyone! It’s Vicki Bellino here with my newest block-of-the-month, Simpler Sampler. This BOM is truly an example of a vision and inspiration coming together through a collaborative effort between myself, Faye Burgos and Judie Rothermel. When asked by Marcus Fabrics to design a new Aunt Grace block of the month, my first thought was that I wanted it to be different, with a simplistic approach, making it appealing to quilters of all skill levels.
While I have a love of English paper piecing, I also realize this technique might not appeal to everyone. So, with English paper piecing as my inspiration, I worked closely with Faye Burgos of Marcus Fabrics to create a pre-printed panel of some of my favorite EPP blocks. With Judie Rothermel’s sweet 1930’s prints and Faye’s ability to create the perfect panel of blocks, the Simpler Sampler fabric collection was born.
While the monthly blocks can be classified as simple and the quilt can easily be completed in six months, the layout of this design gives the appearance of a much more complex quilt. By quilting the motif panel blocks “in the ditch”, it is very hard to tell that these blocks were pre-printed onto the fabric and not English paper pieced!
This club starts January 2015 and tuns through June 2015. Sign up today at Fat Quarter Shop for a lovely, unforgettable quilt!
Rosemary B here:
I love this quilt!!!
I will try to fit this in my budget. I love the colors and the design so much!
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This is Beautiful!! However I am unfamiliar with the concept. Is it that we receive a Block each month and just stitch around the design on the preprinted Block? and then connect the Blocks? Basically all will be using is a preprinted Block and thread? I look forward to hearing from you so that I may sign up for this BOM, which I have never done either but want to get involved doing one.
Thanks so much!!
Hi Nancy! There will be one pre-printed panel which will include several blocks which will get cut apart and added to the quilt as the months go along. There is piecing involved. Once the quilt top is completed and you are ready for quilting, these pre-printed blocks can be stitched in the ditch to make them appear to be pieced.
We hope that this helps!