The Quilt Works, Inc.



    The Saturday Sampler Program at the Quilt Works runs for a period of one year, and participants usually make one block each month [The 2014 program is scheduled for 13 months, starting 12 April.] We meet on the second Saturday of each month at 8:30 am or 9:00 am, display the blocks completed in the previous month, and receive kits and instructions for the next month's blocks. Participants pay a one-time fee at the beginning of the program. Provided the first month's block is completed and displayed at the second month's meeting, the kit for the second month's block is provided at no additional cost. This procedure remains true throughout the program. If, however, you miss a month, you must pay a $14.50 "reentry" fee to be reinstated. At the end of the program, we provide information for finishing the quilt; fabrics for finishing the quilt (for borders, batting, back and binding) are not included in the entry fee, and must be purchased separately.
    Below, you can see pictures of quilts from several of our Saturday Sampler programs. We choose the projects so that each month offers a different challenge.

El Camino Real

SATURDAY SAMPLER 2014. El Camino Real. 94" 114"
Designed by Nancy Rnk, Featuring Marcus Fabric's El Camino Real collection

   The blocks in Nancy Rink's El Camino Real were inspired by the 21 Alta California missions, established by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order between 1769 and 1823, and by the Royal Road (El Camino Real) that connected them. Also known as the California Mission Trail, El Camino Real stretches 600 miles from Mission San Diego de Alcala to Mission San Francisco Solano. Each of the blocks in Nancy's design is identified with a particular mission, and the pattern has a brief synopsis of the history of that mission. In recent times, a major effort has recovered some of the history, and today these missions - many restored or rebuilt - are among the oldest and most frequently visited historical sites in California. For an excellent description of the California Missions, go to the following website:
   The wonderful colors in El Camino Real remind one of Spanish Tiles. Registrations for this program are currently being taken; to assure your place in this program, you must sign up on or before Saturday, 1 March.
   The one-time, non-refundable deposit for this program is $75. Provided you complete and display your blocks each month at the Saturday morning meeting, you will receive the patterns and fabrics for (1) all 18 blocks, (2) the setting triangles for the blocks, and (3) Ivory Tonal and colored fabrics for the triangles in the pieced border (Border #3). Thus, you will be able to complete everything inside the Navy Inner Border (and the pieced triangles for the pieced border).

Debbie's Garden

SATURDAY SAMPLER 2013. Debbie's Garden. 78" x 90"

Debbie Caffrey, arguably the "mystery quilt queen," designed our 2013 Saturday Sampler. At the left is a snapshot of the quilt top, ready for the long-arm quilter. The fabrics in this quilt were chosen principally form the Silvia's Garden collection designed by Silvia Vassileva for P&B Fabrics. In this photo, the 11 sections are assembled as originally envisioned by Debbie, and we chose two fabrics for the borders from the same P&B collection; the inner border is 2" and the outer border is 4". Many of us sharpened our skills as we pieced this quilt, and allowed our creative inclinations to influence our choices of border designs and fabrics; some of us even put the sections together in different configurations. "Debbie. Thanks and thanks, again."

        With A Twist

SATURDAY SAMPLER 2012. Amish With A Twist. 86" 103"

Amish With A Twist was designed by Nancy Rink, Nancy Rink Designs, and features Marcus Fabrics solids.

Tonga Rhapsody

SATURDAY SAMPLER 2011. Tonga Rhapsody. 96" 106"

Tonga Rhapsody was designed by Toni Steere and Jenny Foltz, Wing and a Prayer Design, and features Timeless Treasures Tonga batiks. The picture shown here was copied (with permission) from the Wing and a Prayer web site: Scroll down just a little bit on that page to see the picture on their web site.

2010 Saturday Sampler

SATURDAY SAMPLER 2010, Americana Modern. 66" x 78"

American Modern was designed by Diane Nagle for Benartex, and features the Tried & True collection of fabrics created by Nancy Halvorsen.

2009 Saturday Sampler

SATURDAY SAMPLER 2009. 63" x 84"

Our quilt is based on the "Sampler Two" pattern in Eleanor Burns' book, Egg Money Quilts. The fabrics were selected from the Tanya Whelan - Darla collection by Free Spirit.

2009 Saturday Sampler

SATURDAY SAMPLER 2008. 76" x 91"