I love making sampler quilts. They are my absolute favourite type of quilt! I enjoy the variety, the feeling of marching toward a finished quilt, one by one. Each block gives me a different type of puzzle to fit together, the cutting can easily be done one block at a time, then put the whole thing away for another day.
Before we moved house I did a bit of stash building, and got a fat quarter bundle of some of these homespsuns. They are lovely and soft and light...I knew they'd make into something wonderful. Then I came across the book Four Seasons at Minglewood. A sampler quilt! With twelve inch blocks! I usually end up making samplers with six inch or smaller blocks, so the twelve inch size would be a nice change. I know I could easily make my own sampler with EQ, but its nice to have a book in front of you with all the design and cutting layouts already done.
Here's the first block, Arrow Star. I've discovered that the wovens are maybe a bit too soft and light...I did a little Best Press on the fabrics I used today, they wiggled and moved everywhere, and still frayed. But, the block still came out at 12 1/2"! But next time I'll use a much heavier coating of Best Press or maybe starch.
The book has a couple of other that are wallhaning size...the Turkey Tracks is one that will likely end up on my list.