The friendship or sampler album quilt is a quilt made by a group of people that get together to make different quilt blocks and autograph them for a keepsake. True friendship quilts are traditionally made of the same quilt block pattern while a sampler album quilt is made up of different random quilt blocks each individual comes up with. These type of quilts were big back in the 1800’s and even earlier in Europe. I found a little history on these types of quilts here.
This idea came to me through a wonderful friend who had participated in making a quilt similar to the one I made. I thought it would be a fun way to celebrate the new baby, and to welcome her into the family by putting together a baby quilt that the little one could cherish for years to come.
My sister-in-law’s family is mostly located out of town in the Midwest and even in the United Kingdom. Most of them wouldn’t be able to participate in the baby shower so I thought that this quilt would be a wonderful way for everyone to there in “spirit”.
Each quilt block sent to me was 12.5 x 12.5 unfinished. Some non-sewers just sent me a piece of white fabric with their signature and a message, then I put together a block for them. The quilt was made with a 2 inch sashing and a flannel backing. Each of the different quilt blocks turned out unique and beautiful in their own way. The quilt turned out amazing, don’t you think?
Aren’t they just the cutest couple you have ever seen? My sister-in-law has to be the cutest pregnant lady ever!
Here are some more fun photos of the baby shower!
I got this letter board from here. This is the poet size.
I used the clearance Michael’s bunting for this and cut some letters out with my Silhouette. The candle holders are from Target.
DIY diaper cake will be in another post! Sweet Baby box from Joann’s.