36 free quilt blocks, one a week with a guide to Jane Austen's England and posts about the people in her life.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A High Power Set for 36 Sampler Blocks

Austen Family Album Blocks by Denniele

Denniele is setting her blocks on the square in a grid of pieced sashing .With 36 large blocks, adding piecing to the sashing can make for a l-a-r-g-e quilt so she's pieced in a tiny teal strip for added interest.

Her fabric/color scheme is a limited palette:
one large floral, one minimal white print and two solids.

UPDATE: Denniele tells me the blocks were redrafted to
6 inches--so it won't be as large as I thought.

Sounds simple but she is using the fabrics in challenging combinations.
Blue-green and red are complementary colors, so work well together.

they both have the same value.
Here I've eliminated the color. They are the same
shade of gray---which adds to the challenge.

She also designed a challenging set.
Block parts float in the background.

As Adair733 commented
"High Contrast = High Power. Wow"

See Denniele's Flickr page of Austen Family Album blocks here:

See basic instructions for the straight grid set (The Meryton Set) here:

The Merryton Set
with two-inch sashing and a six-inch border
96-1/2" square.

AnnaMaria's plan. She has carried the sashing
into the border and then added a spacer border.

Here's a blog post on sampler set ideas:


  1. Thank you, Barbara, for providing the blocks and background information all year. It has been fun learning and stitching at the same time. I always feel fortunate to appear on one of your blogs and see my blocks through your eyes.

  2. Thanks Barbara. I´m happy to see my plan for the quilt on your blog. Since that first try I´ve changed to mitered corners and already bought fabric for sashing and borders, quite different from the plan. Sashing darker, inner border lighter. Lovely fabric for the outer border...

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