Thursday, January 12, 2017

Waddington Road Sampler

Ready for your first big project of 2017? 
Introducing Barbara J. Eikmeier's Waddington Road Sampler Block of the Month!
This gorgeous quilt uses the Magic Triangle ruler (included with the BOM) and comes with two center medallion options. Barb used all but one of her Waddington Road collection fabrics in it.
We asked Barb to share her design process with us.

Waddington Road Sampler by Barbara J. Eikmier;
featuring the Waddington Road collection

Q. This BOM has a medallion style setting, which is very different from your previous Vintage Sampler BOM.  
BE: Yes, I wanted to do something totally different than last time. I liked the idea of doing a medallion, so I started with that and worked out, adding block rows and smaller pieced borders.

Q. This BOM has two center medallion options. Can you tell us about that?
BE: The original center is the broken star, which you see in the main photo. It’s really not that hard to make the way it’s sewn together, but it can look intimidating. I didn’t want the center to be the reason some people chose not to do the BOM, thinking it was too hard, so I designed an optional center using larger pieces that still creates a star effect.  Both center options are included in the BOM.

Q. Tell us about the Magic Triangle ruler.
BE: I love this ruler! It was originally designed by Sally Schneider. The BOM pattern comes packaged with the Magic Triangle ruler. The ruler is designed for creating variations on a triangle unit called the shaded square. I created a variety of blocks for the BOM using this ruler.

Q. Do you have a favorite block in the quilt?
BE: I really love the block that almost looks like it has a circle in it. It’s in the quilt four times!  It’s also really fun to make.

Q. You chose a beautifully textured tan print for the background.
BE: As soon as I saw that fabric finished (as opposed to digital), I fell in love with it. It’s very mellow and not directional. I thought it would be beautiful in the background. And because it’s a medium value, I chose to use lighter prints in the background of the blocks and the center medallion, which helps them to stand out.

Q. Tell us about the pieced borders.
BE: I really like the smaller pieced borders. The flying geese border framing the center medallion creates a strong focal point. I added the red and blue QST border around the outside because it uses the magic triangle ruler for another method. They come out perfectly using the ruler.

Q. What are the details of this BOM?
BE: It has a medallion center and then sixteen additional blocks (a few are repeated). The quilt measures 90” square. It’s set up as an 8-month BOM, and shops will be starting it as early as February!

Ask for the Sampler BOM at your local quilt shop!

See the entire Waddington Road collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.
Learn more about the Waddington Road collection here


  1. What fabric is used for the binding? I am wanting to match it for the backing, so I need more info that just "red", please