Country Sampler Quilt Project • Block #8
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New block each month available exclusively for Country Register website readers.
Compliments of Debbie Mumm®

This scrappy quilt is the perfect project to complete over a length of time and to use up small pieces from your fabric stash. A new block will be presented each month (12 months) right here on The Country Register website with finishing directions to be supplies with the last block. By the end of the year's time, you’ll have a completed quilt just right for using in your home or giving as a gift. Use the photo (at left) to help you decide on fabric selections. Have fun making this cozy country quilt!

Make sure to read the General Directions for tips and guidleines before starting this project.

Block #8 • Putting It All Together

1) Alternating Heart and Small Star blocks, sew together to make two horizontal rows with five Hearts and five Small Stars each. Press.

2) Sew pinwheel pairs together to make two rows with ten pinwheels in each. Press.

3) Sew Tree and House pairs together to make two rows with three Trees and three Houses in each. Sew one remaining Tree block to House end of each row. Press.

4) Alternating placement of Bow Tie, sew Bow Tie blocks together to make two rows with ten bow ties in each. Press

5) Sew Large Star blocks together to make two rows with five Large Stars in each. Press.

6) Sew one Heart and Small Star row to top of each Pinwheel row. Press.

7) Sew one Tree and House row to top of each Bow Tie row. Press.

8) Sew units from step 7 between units from step 6 and Large Star rows. Press.

9) Sew one unit from step 8 to bottom of remaining unit from step 8. Press.

Borders and Finishing Fabric Requirements

• Inside Border – 1/4 yard, cut into

    • Five 1 1/2” x 42” strips
• Middle Border – 1/3 yard, cut into
    • Six 1 1/2” x 42” strips
• Outside Border – 1 1/8 yard, cut into
    • Seven 5 1/2” x 42” strips
• Binding – 5/8 yard, cut into
    • Seven 2 3/4” x 42” strips

• Backing – 3 1/2 yardsLightweight Batting 61” x 75” piece


1) Sew inside border strips to top and bottom. Trim excess length and press seams toward border.

2) Cut one inside border strip in half and sew halves to two remaining border strips. Sew to sides, trim, and press.

3) Cut two middle border strips in half and sew halves to four remaining border strips. Sew to top and bottom, trim excess length, and press seams toward middle border. Sew remaining border strips to sides, trim, and press.

4) Cut one outside border strip in half and sew halves to two border strips. Sew border strips to top and bottom, trim excess length, and press seams toward outside border.

5) Sew four remaining border strips together in pairs. Sew to sides, trim, and press.


1) Cut backing fabric crosswise into two equal pieces. Sew together to make one 61” x 75” (approximately) backing piece. Arrange and baste backing, batting, and top together referring to Layering the Quilt directions.

2) Hand or machine quilt as desired.

3) Cut one binding strip in half and sew halves to two binding strips. Sew remaining binding strips together in pairs. Using shorter strips for top and bottom and longer strips for sides, refer to Binding the Quilt directions.

General Directions:
Cutting the Strips & Pieces

Pre-wash and press fabrics. Using rotary cutter, see-through ruler, and cutting mat, cut the following strips and pieces for the project. If indicated, some strips will be cut again into smaller strips or pieces. The approximate width of the fabric is 42". Measurements for all pieces include 1/4"-wide seam allowance, unless otherwise indicated. Press in direction of arrows.

Quick Corner Triangles

Quick corner triangles are formed by simply sewing fabric squares to other squares or rectangles. The directions and diagrams with each project illustrate what size pieces to use and where to place square on corresponding piece. Follow steps 1-3 below to make quick-corner triangle units

1) With pencil and ruler, draw diagonal line on wrong side of fabric square that will form the triangle. See Diagram A. This will be your sewing line.

2) With right sides together, place square on corresponding piece. Matching raw edges, pin in place and sew ON drawn line.

3) Press seam in direction of arrow as shown in step-by-step project diagram. Trim off excess fabric leaving 1/4" seam allowance as shown in Diagram B. Measure completed corner triangle unit to ensure greatest accuracy.


Layering the Quilt

1) Cut backing and batting 4" to 8" larger than quilt top.

2) Lay pressed backing on bottom (right side down), batting in middle, and pressed quilt top on top. Make sure everything is centered and that backing and batting are flat. Backing and batting will extend beyond quilt top.


Binding the Quilt

1) Trim batting and backing to 1/4" beyond raw edge of quilt top. This will add fullness to binding.

2) Fold and press binding strips in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.

3) Lay binding strips on top and bottom edges of quilt top with raw edges of binding and quilt top aligned. Sew through all layers, 1/4" from quilt edge. Press binding away from quilt top. Trim excess length of binding

4) Sew remaining binding strips to quilt sides through all layers, including binding just added. Press and trim excess length.

5) Folding top and bottom first, fold binding around to back, then repeat with sides. Press and pin in position. Hand stitch binding in place.


About Debbie Mumm

For more than twenty years, Debbie Mumm’s charming designs and distinctive style have captured the hearts and imaginations of quilters everywhere.
A talented designer and entrepreneur, Debbie got her start in the quilting industry in 1986 with seven quilt patterns. From this beginning, Debbie has led her company to become a multi-faceted enterprise that includes publishing, fabric design, and licensed art divisions.
The author of more than fifty books, Debbie shares her distinctive style with consumers by providing easy to follow instructions for quilt and craft projects as well as home decorating tips.
Honoring the richness of tradition and also exploring and sharing the freshness, excitement, and variety of contemporary trends is Debbie’s philosophy for her design work.


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