Friday, October 14, 2011

Chocolate Sampler! Fabric Giveaway! Yum!

Ok, so not that kind of chocolate sampler! I'm referring to my version of the Christmas Sampler being designed by Melissa of SewBitterSweetDesigns! Her blocks are so irresistible that, if you look, you'll want to quilt along. That's what happened to me - it was never a question of whether or not I wanted to make this quilt . . . only which fabrics to use. My favorite Christmas fabric in the store right now is Santa's Chocolate Shoppe. And the quilt is a "sampler" . . . so . . . well . . . you get it.

Melissa and I have been working together recently on several things and in the midst of that I decided that I'd better get going on this.

I've jumped ahead a little to try the Snail's Trail block, and I'm including a tutorial in this post on how I did it. Then Melissa's going to use my tute to make her vintage fabric block. Fun!

I've also decided to try something really different and use a rich chocolate brown Kona cotton as my background color.
Here's what I did. This will be for a 12" finished (12-1/2" unfinished) block and will use 2 contrasting fabrics.


From each of the 2 fabrics, cut the same blocks:
(2) 2-5/8" squares
(1) 3-7/8" square
(1) 5-1/4" square
(1) 6-7/8" square

Set the (4) 2-5/8" squares aside.

Cut each of the remaining squares diagonally to make half square triangles. We'll refer to these in sets - small, medium, large.


First, make a 4-patch from the (4) 2-5/8" squares, using a scant 1/4' seam allowance:

Lay the completed and pressed 4-patch on the table and select the 2 smallest HSTs that match the fabric in the upper left hand corner of the 4-patch. Sew one to the top and one to the bottom of the 4-patch unit. Press.

Next attach the remaining small triangles to the side seams and press.

Then, attach the middle sized triangles to the block, matching the same fabrics from the left, as shown below:

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sample of wrong way below: If this block were rotated 1/4 turn, the brown solid will be to the left rather than the print, which would stop the "spiraling" of the fabrics:

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Continue attaching the medium and large triangles to the block (pressing after stitching).

Watch to make sure the spiral always goes the same direction. Trim the little dog ears and square up the block to 12-1/2", if necessary.

That's it! This one's ready for the quilt.

Here's a recap of the Christmas Sampler so far:

1. Indian Mats (paper pieced)
2. Wonky Barn Fence
3. Christmas Tree
4. LeMoyne Star
5. Oatmeal Cookie Variation
6. Ohio Star Variation
7. Radiating Diamonds
8. Log Cabin
9. Blueberry Pie
10. Wreath
11. Chevrons
12. 9 patch
13. Old Snowflake (paper pieced)
14. Stocking

Oh yeah! The giveaway. :)  Jump over to Melissa's SewBitterSweetDesigns blog and find out how to enter the drawing for a Ten Square bundle of super-funky O' Tinsel Tree fabrics. They'd sure make a cute Christmas Sampler!


  1. The block turned out so great in your updated fabrics! Can't wait to see what it looks like with my vintage fabrics!

  2. Just here saying Hi from Sew Bitter Sweet Designs. HI! ;)

  3. Oh that brown is great with those holiday fabrics. Very nice. Thank you.


  5. Hello from your newest follower!

  6. Hi! Visiting from Sew Bitter Sweet Designs! :) Love the quilt block!

  7. Also a new follower;and love the christmas sampler

  8. Just popped over from Sew Bittersweet Designs and became a follower. I am definitely gonna have to make this sampler -- just fabulous!

  9. dropped by from Melissa's @ sew bitter sweet designs

    Hi and thanks for the tutorial

  10. I love the idea of the Christmas Sampler and now I am going to have to add you to my list of projects to follower. I am so excited to see how both quilts turn out!

  11. This reminds me of why I follow you--great tutorial, great use of color. Thanks for sharing.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

  12. Excellent tutorial. Love your Christmas Sampler. I sure hope you'll enter it in the upcoming Christmas Quilt Show.


  13. I love the idea of using chocolate fabric in a sampler quilt. Too cute.


  14. Forgot how great brown looks in a christmas quilt. It isn't as stark as black but anchors everything. Be interested to see how the others turn out.

  15. Just saying hi - here from Melissa's blog - so funny, how many Vicki's have found their way here -lol.

  16. Just popped in from Melissa's blog! Fun quilt block and tutorial. I'm now a follower here.

  17. Hi, Melissa sent me. I liked your blog sew much I'm a new follower. ;->

  18. Hi Melissa! I am coming over from SewBitterSweetDesigns. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Stopping by to say Hi - sent from SewBitterSweetDesigns

  20. Found your page through BitterSweet Designs. LOVE that chocolate block!!! Will definitely follow your blog, too! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    ~Brandy M.

  21. I found you via Sew Bitter Sweet Designs and glad I did as I'm a new follower now. I love the dark fabric you used on your sampler. It really does make the block pop. I'm making a mental note to self.
    Thanks for the tutorial.