The Fussy Cut Sampler Quilt Along

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Happy Wednesday! I'm excited to share a brand new book with you today, The Fussy Cut Sampler by my friends Nichole (@catwithfins) and Elisabeth (@elisabew). I'm participating in their instagram/blog hop to celebrate the launch, which I'll chat more about at the end of this post.

You guessed it, this book is all about fussy cutting! Through making the 48 sampler blocks in the book, you'll learn techniques and tricks to make fussy cutting easier. The book is broken down into thirteen chapters, and twelve of those are focused on a specific technique illustrated in the blocks. The last chapter includes two different quilt layout options.

For the quilt-along, I was assigned block 2 from the stripes chapter! A few of the other chapters are focused on fussy cutting your background fabrics, directional prints, and how to create a narrative in your blocks.

I was a little nervous to tackle stripes partly because I didn't think I had many in my stash. Turns out I had more than I thought! For my block, I started by pulling my stripe from Geometric Bliss and pulled other stripes in those same colors. For the middle, I needed something to fussy cut, and these kitties were perfect (they're from Hello Petal by Aneela Hoey).

Voila! I consider myself a pretty experienced quilter, but I wouldn't say precision is always my priority. Knowing stripes would really accentuate my mistakes, I paid extra care while cutting to make sure everything turned out neat and tidy.

It's no accident that my block matches my fantastic quilt voyage, which I'm hoping to get back to soon. I am planning to make a few more blocks from the book for it!

The Fussy Cut Sampler Quilt Along is running for 12 weeks (we're in week two!), each week dedicated to a chapter from the book. I hope you'll think about sewing along, it's been so fun seeing the blocks that have been made so far. Plus, there are prizes for participating! So go grab a copy of the book from your local shop, amazon, or get a signed copy here.

Follow along with the tag #thefussycutsamplerqal on Instagram, and check out their post with all the quilt along information here.


  1. I am currently collecting fox and cat fabric to make quilts for my two grown daughters. This will be a great inspiration to chug along with it.

  2. Your block is adorable, and very precise! I was happy to read about this book because I love to fussy cut and often wish I was more skilled at it.

  3. Jeni, this is adorable. I love these type of blocks. I need this helpful book.
    I am making several fussy cut blocks to string along together to make cute valences in my grand baby sleep over room. Thank you for sharing this book!

  4. Ummm ... I NEED this kitty fabric badly. Can you share the fabric line/designer? xoxo

    1. Of course, it's from Hello Petal by Aneela Hoey!

  5. I love fussy cutting with novelty prints! What a great idea for a book, and for a quilt along.


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