Mod Sampler Quilt By Elizabeth Hartman

Mod Sampler Quilt
By Elizabeth Hartman
Finished quilt measures
52” x 62”
Finished blocks measure
8” x 8”
Perfect for beginners, the Mod
Sampler uses pairs of print and
solid fabrics to create 6 simple,
graphic block styles.
See Page 2 for information
about making the blocks from
scraps.
Supplies
6 different 1/4 yards or fat quarters of print fabrics
6 different 1/4 yards or fat quarters of solid fabrics
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Divide these fabrics into 6 pairs, each including
1 print and 1 solid fabric.
1 3/4 yards neutral solid sashing fabric
1 3/4 yards coordinating fabric for quilt back
7/8 yard second coordinating fabric for quilt back
56” x 66” batting
1/2 yard binding fabric
6 organizer cards (see Page 2)
Quilt Back
Note: Fabric requirements are based on fabric that is at least 42” wide. Please note that the cutting
layouts for the block fabrics will use almost all of the required fabric, so it’s essential that quarter yard cuts
are at least 9” wide and that fat quarters measure at least 18” x 21”.
Sewing directions contemplate ¼” seams, with all seams pressed open.
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This pattern may not be reproduced or distributed without the express written permission of the author.
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Scrappy Block Option
The following chart lists the pieces you’ll need to make a single block in each style. To complete this quilt, you’ll
need to make 6 blocks in each style.
Print Fabric
Solid Fabric
Block A
1 strip 4½” x 8½”
1 strip 4½” x 8½”
Block B
2 strips 2½” x 8½”
2 strips 2½” x 8½”
Block C
2 squares 4½” x 4½”
2 squares 4½” x 4½”
Block D
8 squares 2½” x 2½”
8 squares 2½” x 2½”
Block E
1 square 2½” x 2½”
2 strips 2” x 5½” / 2 strips 2” x 8½”
2 strips 2” x 2½”
2 strips 2” x 5½”
Block F
2 strips 1½” x 2½” / 2 strips 1½” x 4½”
2 strips 1½” x 6½” / 2 strips 1½” x 8½”
1 square 2½” x 2½”
2 strips 1½” x 4½” / 2 strips 1½” x 6½”
Organizer Cards
This quilt requires a lot of different-sized pieces. Keep them in
order by making organizer cards out of 6 pieces of cardstock
or cardboard. Use a marker to number the cards 1 through 6
(one for each fabric pair) and draw a grid like the one shown
at left on each card to create sections for each block, A
through F. As you cut your fabric, sort the cut pieces into the
corresponding sections on each card.
Cutting Sashing Fabric
To create long enough strips, the sashing fabric will need to be cut
along the length (along the selvage) of the fabric. To do this, start
by unfolding your yardage. Standing up, hold the unfolded fabric
with both hands on one selvage edge (we'll call this the top
selvedge), allowing the other selvage edge (we'll call this the
bottom selvage) to hang to the floor. Bring the cut ends of the top
selvage together, folding the entire piece of fabric in half. Hold
the fabric up as high as necessary to make sure that the bottom
selvage edge of the folded fabric is also matching up. Fold the
fabric in half a second time, continuing to hold the fabric by the
top selvage edge and making sure the bottom selvedge is lining
up.
Lay the refolded fabric on your cutting surface. Create a straight
edge by trimming away the top selvage and cut 16 long sashing
strips 2½” x length of fabric (about 63”). Set aside 11 of the
strips. Subcut the other 5 into 29 short sashing strips 2½” x 8½”.
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Cutting Directions for Quarter-Yard Cuts
The following cuts will be made along the 9” length of the fabric. Begin by opening up fabric
and trimming away selvage to create a straight edge.
From Print Fabrics
1. Cut 1 strip 4½” wide. Trim to 4½ x 8½”. This will be used for Block A.
2. Cut 1 strip 4½” wide. Subcut into 2 squares 4½” x 4½”. These will be used for Block C.
3. Cut 2 strips 2½” wide. Trim each to 2½” x 8½”. These will be used for Block B.
4. Cut 3 strips 2½” wide. Subcut into 9 squares 2½” x 2½”. 8 will be used for Block D and 1 for Block E.
5. Cut 2 strips 1½” wide. Trim each to 1½” x 8½”. These will be used for Block F.
6. Cut 2 strips 1½” wide. Trim each to 1½” x 6½”. These will be used for Block F.
7. Cut 2 strips 1½” wide. Subcut into 2 strips 1½” x 2½” and 2 strips 1½” x 4½”. These will be used for Block F.
8. Cut 2 strips 2” wide. Trim each to 2” x 8½”. These will be used for Block E.
9. Cut 2 strips 2” wide. Trim each to 2” x 5½”. These will be used for Block E.
From Solid Fabrics
1. Cut 1 strip 4½” wide. Trim to 4½ x 8½”. This will be used for Block A.
2. Cut 1 strip 4½” wide. Subcut into 2 squares 4½” x 4½”. These will be used for Block C.
3. Cut 2 strips 2½” wide. Trim each to 2½” x 8½”. These will be used for Block B.
4. Cut 3 strips 2½” wide. Subcut into 9 squares 2½” x 2½”. 8 will be used for Block D and 1 for Block F.
5. Cut 2 strips 1½” wide. Trim each to 1½” x 6½”. These will be used for Block F.
6. Cut 1 strip 1½” wide. Subcut into 2 pieces 1½” x 4½”. These will be used for Block F.
7. Cut 2 strips 2” wide. Subcut into 2 pieces 2” x 2½” and 2 pieces 2” x 5½”. These will be used for Block E.
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Cutting Directions for Fat Quarters
From Print Fabrics
Begin by cutting the fat quarter into 1 strip 9” x long (21”) side of
fat quarter and 1 strip 8½” x long (21”) side of fat quarter.
From the 9” strip”:
1. Cut 1 strip 4½” x 9”. Trim to 4½” x 8½”.
This will be used for Block A.
2. Cut 1 strip 4½” x 9”. Subcut into 2 squares 4½” x 4½”.
These will be used for Block C.
3. Cut 2 strips 2½” x 9”. Trim each to 2½” x 8½”.
These will be used for Block B.
4. Cut 2 strips 1½” x 9”. Trim each to 1½” x 8½”.
These will be used for Block F.
5. Cut 2 strips 1½” x 9”. Trim each to 1½” x 6½”.
These will be used for Block F.
From the 8½” strip:
6. Cut 3 strips 2½” x 8½”. Subcut into 9 squares 2½” x 2½”.
8 will be used for Block D and 1 for Block E.
7. Cut 2 strips 1½” x 8½”. Subcut into 2 pieces 1½” x 2½”
and 2 pieces 1½” x 4½”. These will be used for Block F.
8. Cut 2 strips 2” x 8½”. These will be used for Block E.
9. Cut 2 strips 2” x 8½”. Trim each to 2” x 5½”.
These will be used for Block E.
From Solid Fabrics
Begin by cutting the fat quarter into 1 strip 9” x long (21”) side of
fat quarter and 1 strip 8” x long (21”) side of fat quarter.
From the 9” strip”:
1. Cut 1 strip 4½” x 9”. Trim to 4½” x 8½”.
This will be used for Block A.
2. Cut 1 strip 4½” x 9”. Subcut into 2 squares 4½” x 4½”.
These will be used for Block C.
3. Cut 2 strips 2½” x 9”. Trim each to 2½” x 8½”.
These will be used for Block B.
4. Cut 2 strips 1½” x 9”. Trim each to 1½” x 6½”.
These will be used for Block F.
5. Cut 1 strip 1½” x 9”. Subcut into 2 pieces 1½” x 4½”.
These will be used for Block F.
From the 8½” strip:
6. Cut 3 strips 2½” x 8”. Subcut into 9 squares 2½” x 2½”.
8 will be used for Block D and 1 for Block F.
7. Cut 2 strips 2” x 8”. Subcut into 2 pieces 2” x 2½”
and 2 pieces 2” x 5½”. These will be used for Block E.
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This pattern may not be reproduced or distributed without the express written permission of the author.
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Making Patchwork Blocks
Block A
Sew 1 print 4½” x 8½” piece to 1 coordinating solid
piece 4½” x 8½”.
The finished Block A should look something like this.
Make 6 of Block A, 1 from each fabric pair.
Block B
Sew 2 print pieces 2½” x 8½” and 2 solid pieces
2½” x 8½” together, alternating print and solid
fabrics, as shown above.
The finished Block B should look something like this.
Make 6 of Block B, 1 from each fabric pair.
Block C
Arrange 2 print 4½” x 4½” squares
and 2 solid 4½” x 4½” squares in a
checkerboard pattern, as shown above.
Sew the squares in each row
together. Sew the 2 rows together,
matching center seams.
The finished Block C should look
something like this. Make 6 of
Block C, 1 from each fabric pair.
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Block D
Arrange 8 print 2 ½ ” x 2 ½ ” squares
and 8 solid 2 ½ ” x 2 ½ ” squares in a
checkerboard pattern, as shown above.
Sew the squares in each row
together. Sew the 4 rows together,
matching seams.
The nished Block D should look
something like this. Make 6 of
Block D, 1 from each fabric pair.
Block E
Start with a 2½” x 2½” print fabric
square. Sew 2 solid pieces 2” x 2½”
to the top and bottom of the print
fabric
square. Sew 2 solid pieces 2” x 5½”
to the left and right sides.
Sew 2 print pieces 2” x 5½” to the
top and bottom of the block. Sew 2
print pieces 2” x 8½” to the left and
right sides.
The nished Block E should look
something like this. Make 6 of
Block E, 1 from each fabric pair.
Block F
Start with a 2½” x 2½” solid square. Sew 2 print pieces
1½” x 2½” to the top and bottom of the solid square.
Sew 2 print pieces 1½” x 4½” to the left and right sides.
Sew 2 solid pieces 1½ ” x 4 ½ ” to the top and bottom
of the block. Sew 2 solid pieces 1½ ” x 6 ½ ” to the left
and right sides.
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Sew 2 print pieces 1½” x 6½” to the top and bottom of
the block. Sew 2 print pieces 1½” x 8½” to the left and
right sides.
The finished Block F should look something like this.
Make 6 of Block F, 1 from each fabric pair.
Square up each of your finished blocks to 8½” x 8½”.
Making the Quilt Top
At this point, you should have 6 blocks in each of
the 6 styles, or 36 blocks total. Set aside 1 block
in each style to use on the quilt back. Ideally,
each of these blocks will be made from a different
fabric pair.
Arrange the remaining 30 blocks in 6 rows of 5,
populating each row with the same style of block.
(Refer to the next page for an alternate layout.)
Sew the blocks in each row together, sewing a
short sashing strip (2½” x 8½”) between each
block and beginning and ending with a block.
Sew the six rows together, sewing one of the
reserved long sashing strips between each row,
beginning and ending with a row and trimming
excess length from sashing strips.
For maximum accuracy when matching rows of
blocks, I recommend starting in the center and
working out to each side.
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Sew long sashing strips to the left and right sides of the
quilt top, trimming away excess length. Finish the quilt
top by sewing long sashing strips to the top and
bottom of the quilt top, again trimming away excess
length.
Alternate Quilt Top Layout
In this layout the different block styles are arranged
diagonally. For this layout, your 6 rows of 5 blocks
should look like this:
Row 1: C, F, D, B, A
Row 2: F, D, B, A, E
Row 3: D, B, A, F, C
Row 4: B, A, F, C, E
Row 5: A, F, C, E, D
Row 6: F, C, E, D, B
Once you’ve arranged your blocks, sew your quilt top
together as described in the last few steps.
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This pattern may not be reproduced or distributed without the express written permission of the author.
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Finishing the Quilt
Arrange the 6 blocks you’ve reserved for
the quilt back in a single row. Sew the
blocks together, sewing a short sashing
strip (2½” x 8½”) between each block and
beginning and ending with a block. Sew
the 2 remaining long sashing strips to the
top and bottom of this pieced row, trimming
away excess fabric.
Trim selvage from the 1 3/4 yard backing
fabric and sew to the top of the pieced row.
Cut the second (7/8 yard) piece of backing
fabric in half along the fold, creating 2
pieces about 21” x 7/8 yard. Sew the 2
pieces together, creating one long piece
approximately 21” yards x 1 3/4 yards.
Sew this piece to the bottom of the pieced
row of blocks to finish the quilt back.
Sandwich and quilt as desired.
From binding fabric, cut 6 strips 2½” x
width of fabric. Use these to make and sew
double-fold binding.
Separate tutorials for making a quilt
sandwich, free-motion quilting, and binding
are available on my blog,
www.ohfransson.com.
Enjoy your finished quilt!
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© 2011 by Elizabeth Hartman / All rights reserved / www.ohfransson.com
This pattern may not be reproduced or distributed without the express written permission of the author.
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