BLOCK Friday: Sister Quilt Blocks

Bonfire Sampler -- Sister Quilt Block Quilt Patterns
Bonfire Sampler

Are you familiar with sister quilt blocks? They’re a visually stimulating way of using the same block twice in your quilt pattern.

Sister quilt blocks are a fun way to see how the same quilt block can change the look of a quilt by using different colorways or by turning the second block at a different angle. What’s more, they can be placed next to one another or in different areas of the quilt top. All of these characteristics that are found in sister block quilts make for impactful quilts that demand attention.

You’ll notice the Bonfire Sampler quilt uses pairs of blocks, but you almost miss them because they’re not identical! The varying colorways and distance between each sister block requires that the admirer of this quilt take a closer, longer look. Pretty exciting stuff, isn’t it?

An expert in sister blocks, quilt designer and author AnneMarie Chany, is well-versed in the sister sampler quilt and has tons of great ideas…

We invited her to talk about her quilt, Kin Coterie, on the Love of Quilting TV show, episode 2802. And, what a hit! AnneMarie’s quilts tend to be incredibly colorful and energetic, making them a popular project, perfect for all ages.

Sister Sampler Quilts -- Sister Quilt Block Quilt PatternsAnneMarie has authored a book called Sister Sampler Quilts: 3 Modern Sampler Quilts with Paired Sister Blocks and it offers gorgeous quilt patterns for creating lovely quilts using sister blocks. You can see AnneMarie’s signature color palette here, but you can incorporate whatever fabrics suit your taste. As we all know, quilting is a personal process in many ways, and injecting your own creativity into your quilts is half the fun!

Sister Sampler Envelope FREE Pillow PatternsWant to work on a project using sister quilt blocks without the commitment? If you’re not ready to jump in with both feet, or you’d like to try your hand at this approach with a smaller project, take a look at Sister Sample Pillows You Can Quilt in a Day for FREE envelope pillow patterns (an instant PDF download). You can test the sister block waters with these free patterns and then decide if you’re ready to tackle the quilts above.

We love sister quilt blocks — they’re an interesting way to play up your quilts with fun designs and an exciting way to use quilt blocks to change the look of your quilts.

If you’d like to see more of Love of Quilting episode 2802 featuring Kin Coterie, you can take a look at the Fons & Porter preview page or check your local PBS station’s listings for the TV show. To own all 13 episodes from the 2800 series, purchase the DVD from our online shop!

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter


Happy Quilting!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor

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Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.