In case you missed it, we're featuring a Block of the Month series in Today's Quilter throughout 2019 by Carolyn Forster, featuring hand-sewn quilt blocks which will be sewn together to create a beautiful heirloom quilt.


Each issue we're releasing a new design in the series, and when you make this quilt, you will need to frame all twelve (12) sampler blocks and thirteen (13) lattice blocks. Here's how!

Find out more about this Block of the Month series

Carolyn Forster's Hand-pieced Sampler is a series of hand-pieced quilt blocks, featured in Today's Quilter magazine throughout 2019. Here's all you need to know...
Magnolia Blossom Hand Pieced Quilt Block

Bookmark these instructions so you can use them to frame each block every month in the same way.

How to frame your quilt blocks

You will need:

  • Background fabric for all frames – 2½yds
  • Prints for all cornerstones – ½yd in total

Cutting out

Step 1

From the background fabric, cut one-hundred (100) 2½in x 12½in pieces. Four (4) for each block.

Step 2

From the cornerstones fabric, cut one-hundred (100) 2½in squares. Four (4) for each block.

Adding the frames

Step 3

If you are going to add these by machine, square up your sampler block to ensure that it is 12½in square. If you are hand stitching the frames, you will be following the drawn lines so will not need to square up the block.

Step 4

If you are hand piecing, remember you will need to draw lines on the WS of the fabric, ¼in from the raw edge. Use a sharp pencil and your rotary ruler for accuracy. Remember to mark the corners, so you know where to start and finish stitching.

Step 5

Stitch a background strip to the top and bottom of your block, as shown in Fig 1.

How to frame quilt blocks Fig 1
Fig 1

Step 6

Stitch a cornerstone to either end of the two (2) remaining background strips, as shown in Fig 2.

How to frame quilt blocks Fig 2
Fig 2

Step 7

Attach the frames with the cornerstones on either side of the block, as shown in Fig 3.

How to frame quilt blocks Fig 3
Fig 3

Step 8

If you are hand stitching, press all seams open. If machine stitching, press seams open at each stage.

Todays Quilter Hand-Pieced Quilt Blocks
A few of our favourite quilt blocks in the series so far, from stars to swirls.


Carolyn FosterQuilt Designer

Carolyn Forster has been sewing, making patchwork and quilting for well over 20 years, and teaching for many of those years. She studied textiles at Bath and has a City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting and her quilt designs are regularly featured in Today’s Quilter magazine. You can find her quilts in a range of books published by Landauer Publishing (USA), and Search Press(UK).

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