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Wed, Apr 10


Lebanon Valley Expo Center

Historic Lancaster Diamond Sampler

$40.00 With Ann Holte of Filaments Studio

Historic Lancaster Diamond Sampler
Historic Lancaster Diamond Sampler

Time & Location

Apr 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Lebanon Valley Expo Center, 80 Rocherty Rd, Lebanon, PA 17042, USA

About the event

Two teenage girls, working side-by-side in the 1860s, produced  two quilts that feature a unique diamond design. They were  learning to quilt and were teaching each other the skills  needed. You will see how this sampler records their  progression from beginners to accomplished quilters. You will  learn about the basic design of the blocks as well as the  techniques that were their quilting lessons. The blocks in the original sampler quilt were made in an  informal teaching environment in the mid-1800s. Quilters  shared patterns, fabric, and knowledge with each other in  order to pass along the traditions of quilting. They also ate,  gossiped, laughed, and generally had fun. Sound familiar? 

 In this workshop, you will make blocks from the different styles and  techniques found in this fascinating quilt: strip piecing, such basic elements  as Flying Geese and Snowball blocks, applique, and Seminole. Ann will  teach you to use modern tools and techniques for making these blocks. Making Lancaster Diamond Variations: In this workshop, you will learn to cut, piece, and use this versatile design for the Lancaster Diamond Sampler and other projects. Ann will cover  using plain (unpieced) fabric, recycled orphan blocks and tops, and other  variations in the class.

Class Supplies Needed:

 Sewing machines will be generously provided by Bernina and Hinkletown Sewing

-neutral thread, and your regular sewing supplies  

- Rotary cutter, 6” x 24” ruler, cutting mat 

- Iron and pressing surface 

- Lancaster Diamond Template (available on Ann's website or you can purchase from her in class)

Fabric: Reproducing Original Lancaster Diamond Quilt Blocks The palette of the original quilt features the iconic Pennsylvania Dutch colors: Turkey red,  chrome yellow, cheddar, chocolate brown, poison green, double blue, and double pink. The  prints include plaid, paisley, column prints, calico, stripes, solid, geometric, and small florals.  Variety is the key. A double-pink sashing and green cornerstones are used to set the blocks  in the original Sampler. For class, bring 8-10 fat quarters or larger pieces from a palette that pleases YOU. Ann  recommends that you make some blocks BEFORE you select the sashing and cornerstone  fabrics. You will eventually lay your blocks out and “audition” different choices. Variations: You might also bring some “orphan blocks” or some stray units that you’ve made over the  years. Often, unused blocks can be repurposed to make the diamond blocks. Also, yardage works well for learning the process. The diamond shape is great for fussy cutting, too.

Sewing Machines will be generously provided by Bernina/ Hinkletown Sewing Center


  • Lancaster Diamond Sampler

    Sale ends: Apr 10, 2024, 12:00 PM EDT
    +$1.00 service fee



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