Olivia’s Sampler, Gracie Porter {block 12}

Good Morning!  Today is the 12th and final block of Olivia’s Sampler.

I hope you have been following along with us as we travel back to Sweetwater with Olivia and her family and friends.  Today is the final 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…

Gracie Porter

4–3 7/8 inch square light
2–3 1/2 inch squares light
8–2 inch squares light  (2 inch strip)
8–2 inch squares dark1 (2 inch strip)
4–3 7/8 inch squares dark2
2–3 1/2 inch squares dark2
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 Place the 3 7/8 inch dark and light squares face to face. Draw a line diagonally and sew a 1/4 inch seam down each side. Cut along drawn line. Press and trim.  Repeat.

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Piece together the 2 inch squares (we cut 2 inch strips and pieced them together then crosscut)

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Layout blocks as follows. gracie5
Piece together Gracie Porter block.

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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…***

Gracie Porter (civil war)

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Download block instructions and journal entry below.

Gracie Porter

Join us next Tuesday…we will be posting final instructions for a limited time…

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

[if you read this far down…just a heads up…working on getting caught up after the shop hop…still a few meetings to attend then we start getting ready for quilt shows and a shop hop, but i am working on a blog post for tomorrow morning that will jam packed with new fabric, projects, fun extras, along events galore including a new stitch along and a quilt along…but more that tomorrow!]

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