Olivia’s Sampler, Mabel Avery {block 11}

Good Morning!  Today is block 11 of Olivia’s Sampler.

Today is the 11th Tuesday of our Olivia’s Sampler summer block of the week!  We first did Olivia’s Sampler ten years ago…it started in September of 2004.  We just had our 10 year anniversary on June 4th, and i thought that doing a little summer throwback would be tons of fun!  So, alas, here we are.

Before we move on to pictures…i have a couple links for you today.

If you are interested in a kit…here is the link… Olivia’s Sampler Floral Kit.  Our kit is for a fat 8th bundle of florals and bleached muslin (which will be used in place of the background in every block and the black on tan floral in the sashing, corner stones, and border), and unbleached muslin (which will be used in place of the solid black in the sashing, corner stones, border and binding).  Our floral bundle will be the same bundle in the kit.

Interested in a civil war kit…drop me a line.  The prints we used in 2004 are no longer available, but i can do my best to get you a kit of fabrics as similar as possible.

If you are interested in reading the intro to Steamer Trunk Treasure…here is link…The Life & Times of Olivia J Cowden.

Today’s block is…

Mabel Avery

4–2 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch rectangles light
2–4 inch squares light
4–3 inch squares light
2–4 inch squares dark 1
2–5 7/8 inch squares dark 2 (cut both squares in half diagonally once)
4–3 inch squares dark 3
1–2 1/2 inch square dark 3

Place 1–3 inch square of dark 3 on corner of each 5 7/8 inch triangle.  Sew diagonally then trim.

mabel2Place the 4 inch squares of light and dark 1 face to face.  Draw a line diagonally and sew a 1/4 inch seam down each side.  Cut on solid line.  Repeat for 4.  Then cut each diagonally for a total of 8.


Piece together using combos and 4–3 inch squares light.  Trim to a 1/4 inch seam along bottom.


Piece together 4 as follows.


Layout block as follows and piece.mabel5 Mabel Avery block


trim blocks to 12 1/2 inches square this includes a 1/4 inch seam allowance for joining them to the sashing.

***no worries if they aren’t coming out that large…ours are coming out to be 12 1/4 inches…as long as they are all about the same size or can be trimmed down to the same size it should all work out well…***

 Mae Fleur (civil war)




Download block instructions and journal entry below.

Mabel Avery

Join us next Tuesday as we finish our journey with Gracie Porter.

***The journal entries and Olivia’s Sampler quilt were written and designed in 2004/2005.***


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