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The Spellbound Sampler...

Welcome to my first Petit Four tutorial: finishing instructions for your Spellbound Sampler blocks. My directions are aimed at those of you making all nine blocks, but there are also notes, at the bottom of the post, for adapting the setting to make a table runner with just three blocks. And next week I'll be posting a tutorial for a cushion which uses just one.

When I designed the quilt I knew that some blocks would need light backgrounds and some would need a dark contrast, which suggested the simple checkerboard layout of the quilt centre. Given that the sampler blocks are full of detail, my first instinct was to have a fairly simple border. But then I found an antique quilt on Pinterest with a sawtooth border and I knew it would echo the zig-zag edges of the dresden fans used in the blocks.

I’ve always wanted to try the four-at-a-time method of making flying geese and as I needed 44 to make my border, this seemed the ideal opportunity. I first saw this method in Material Obsession by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke.

cakestand quilts spellbound sampler finishing tutorial nicola dodd

To make a 54" square quilt you will need...