Fabric Sample Quilt

When I worked at a wallpaper store, periodically they would toss out outdated books and I would save the fabric samples. Eventually, I had enough to make a quilt and then bought enough of the navy fabric to finish it. I was lucky because my mother's quilt group at church quilted this for me for nothing. Nowadays, you can have someone machine quilt it for you. This particular block is called "Pinwheel"


Collect many scraps to do this quilt with a nice balance between light and dark. You can find many instructions online for assembling the quilt into a pinwheel block. After that, you just have to make enough to fit your particular bed and add some plain fabric for borders.

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

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October 12, 20110 found this helpful

Absolutly stunning! Thanks for the ideas.

Once, when I was super broke, I asked the local hardware store if they would let me know when their wallpaper sample books were expired, and they gave me about 10 of them. I wallpapered my little shack and didn't even spend a dime!


Samples rock!

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October 12, 20110 found this helpful

Really Beautiful. Nice work Church Ladies. GG Vi

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October 21, 20120 found this helpful

Hi Elaine,
I hope this finds you, and all here well. I used to work in a retirement home. A friend of mine told me about doing this 30 some years ago, when my daughter was a baby. She gave me some books of the fabric, and this dear resident in the home, put it together in a quilt for my daughter. It is gorgeous still.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea.
Take care.
Peace & Love,

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October 22, 20120 found this helpful

This is so beautiful and such a great tip to share my friend...I wish I could sew then I would have a go at making one of these. :-)

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November 9, 20170 found this helpful

absolutely beautiful!

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