A sampler quilt is made from many different quilt design blocks. Usually each block is made from a different patchwork design, but the blocks themselves are the same size. The blocks are connected with strips of coordinating or background fabric, which ties the look together. Back when quilts were utilitarian, sampler quilts were probably the most popular quilt made because they could be made from scraps of many different fabrics. The quilter in the home could make use of every piece of fabric left over from sewing projects and nothing was wasted. If you like collecting antique quilts there are lots of these still available.
Making a sampler quilt for your self is as much fun as finding an antique in good condition though. Even if you’ve never quilted before a sampler quilt is perfect as a first quilting project. There are many easy patterns and making a sampler gives a new quilter an opportunity to make a variety of different blocks. It’s a great way learn different techniques and pick out a favorite quilting style. Some unique and beautiful patterns can be found in the books collected on this site. There are designs from extra easy beginner patterns to those for advanced quilters, and everything in between.