A modern sampler quilt is one of my all time favorite quilts to make. It offers the chance to try several different techniques within the same quilt. This gives a truly unique and fun look.
While my husband and I were in the process of completing our adoption home study, the Kinfolk quilt was born. The adoption home study process is quite daunting and designing this quilt pattern was very cathartic.
While designing, it became clear that four of the quilt blocks abstractly spelled out L O V E. Because of that, those four blocks were placed in the corners. I then designed a heart to go in the center of the quilt to symbolize a main theme of adoption: love.
Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you choose to click through and make a purchase.
The Michael Miller Cotton Couture Kinfolk
Michael Miller cotton couture! make up my very first Kinfolk version. If you haven’t tried cotton couture yet, I encourage you to try them. These fabrics are so incredibly soft. It’s like quilting through butter!
The colors used for the cotton couture version are as follows: Starlight, Sea, Delft, Aubergine, Dusty Rose, Antique, Adobe, Cameo, and Cream.
The Ruby Star Society Kinfolk
The next version of this modern sampler quilt consisted of some of my favorite Ruby Star Society fabrics. Incorporating prints is a fun way to get a completely different look.
The beautiful quilting on this Ruby Star Society Kinfolk was done by Jill of J. Coterie.
The bonus baby size kinfolk
The Kinfolk quilt pattern also includes a BONUS baby size layout, which is my personal favorite option.
The baby sized Kinfolk is included with the throw size Kinfolk pattern, but it can also be purchased as a stand-alone option in the Wren Collective pattern shop.
One of the best features of this baby-sized modern sampler quilt is that it only utilizes the cornerstone blocks. This means that the entire quilt spells LOVE abstractly.
Fun fact: while we were matched with a baby girl, this baby quilt was planned and pieced. I completed the quilt and THEN we found out that the baby is actually a boy! It is a good thing the quilt still works for a boy.
The baby sized Kinfolk was quilted on a domestic sewing machine using techniques found in the WALK book by Jacquie Gering. Because this book gives different quilting motif ideas that can all be done with a walking foot and domestic sewing machine, it has helped me branch out with my quilting. I highly recommend this book!
But Wait…there’s more
In case you see a block in the Kinfolk modern sampler quilt that you love but you aren’t too keen on making an entire quilt, good news! Each block from the Kinfolk sampler quilt can be purchased separately.
A popular option has been the Heart of Love block, which is shown below. This block does utilize simple foundation paper piecing, or FPP. FPP used to really intimidate me, but it’s simpler than it looks. A tutorial for this block can be found HERE.
I hope you love this modern sampler quilt as much as I do! If you make one, make sure to tag me over on Instagram so that I can see!
Until next time,