The Smorgasblocks: How It Works

The Smorgasblocks: How It Works

June14, 2016

I get a lot of crazy ideas, I know that, but I also know that I’m pretty good at making those crazy ideas work. This is one of those crazy ideas.

Modern grocery stores are great. They have everything from marshmallow-filled cereal to kiwifruit to dish soap to bacon (I have a point, I promise). But to me, the best part of going to the grocery store is when the nice people, in all their hair-net glory, hand out free samples. Yay free samples! You could spend an afternoon on a Sunday and make a meal sampling all the tasty things…not that I’ve ever done that…which brings me to the Smorgasblocks.

There are a ton of talented quilt designers and bloggers out there who make so many pretty quilts, but I can’t make them all. Instead, I’ve contacted a bunch of my favorite quilty peeps who have free patterns and come up with a way to smoosh all the pretties together; the Smorgasblocks. Each week over the next 12 weeks, I’ll post a link to a quilt pattern and tell you how many blocks to make. At the end, I’ll tell you how to put your blocks together to make a throw quilt. There will be a variety of piecing methods, a little bit of appliqué, pretty much anything goes.

We’re going to sample those quilts just like the grocery store samples and make a whole meal of it…quilt of it. Who knows? You may not be able to stop at just one block of a favorite design.You may find a new favorite designer. You may decide that you will never ever have to do that particular method again. But you will have tried it! And learned something. And made a quilt.

As far as yardage for your new adventure, I’m making mine scrappy. No blocks are so fabric-intensive that you’re going to use up more than a fat quarter per color, often much less. I’m pulling out my Cotton + Steel Halloween groups, Spellbound and Boo, as a starting point, but with Alison Glass and Lizzy House added in for good measure.

Smorgasblock Fabric Pull

Posts will be available Sunday night, starting next week. Let’s make some Smorgasblocks!


  • Janet

    10:34 PM, June 2016

    Sounds great! I’m in! I will spend my time til then deciding on a fabric scheme. Love your great ideas! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Just wondering: Can you make your font any bolder or
    Brighter? It is hard for these old eyes to read. Thanks for the great ideas!

    • Anneliese

      10:42 PM, June 2016

      Hmmm, I’ll ask my web guy/brother in law about the font thingy. I hate to press too many buttons, that’s how I get myself in trouble!!

  • Kate

    11:58 AM, June 2016

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to be introduced to new designers and it gives me an excuse to try new blocks. 🙂

  • Kathleen

    12:21 PM, June 2016

    Sounds like fun

  • Linda

    1:29 PM, June 2016

    I’d love to join the Smorgasblocks. Can I be added to your email list? Thanks

    • Anneliese

      11:32 AM, June 2016

      Hi Linda! We don’t currently have an email list set up, but we’re looking in to it.

  • kris

    11:22 AM, June 2016

    Fun! I can’t wait to see the blocks.

  • Patti

    6:59 PM, June 2016

    Sounds great!

Comments are closed.