Double Compliment

An “On-Point” Sampler Quilt

Why “Double Compliment”?

I wanted to try something different – I so often do scrappy quilts, that I felt the urge to try a new approach. So I took my color wheel with me to the quilt shop and just started playing! Colors that are across from each other on the color wheel are called “compliments” of each other, so it follows that pairs of colors across from each other care called “double compliments”. I also decided to try using only solids to give this quilt a more modern feel. It’s got to be a good thing to stretch yourself and get out of your comfort zone – and this quilt did that for me.

Don’t be scared of an “On-Point” setting!

This sampler quilt is set on-point – but don’t let that dissuade you from giving it a try. Even on-point quilts are still put together row by row – and I show you how in the pattern 🙂 The blocks themselves are intentionally on the simple side – this allows you to be able to really focus on the color scheme and how all the colors and blocks relate to each other. This quilt uses two colors for each fabric, and there is a swatch sheet included in the pattern to help you keep your fabrics straight – especially if you chose different colors from mine.

Quilting Design Included

As you can see if the photos below, there is a good bit of negative space for the quilting to shine. I don’t know about you, but I always hated to buy a quilt pattern only to read the words “quilt as desired” at the end, with no guidance whatsoever. Grrr… So as a pattern writer, I’ve tried to give some quilting suggestions in all my patterns – and for Double Compliment I wrote a whole tutorial on how to quilt this design. I quilted this on a long arm, but it’s suitable for a domestic machine as well.


This quilting design is called “Flora” because it’s kind of a flowly, organic, plant sort of representation that really has no wrong way to do it. That’s the beauty of it – accidentally quilted a weird shaped leaf? No problem, just quilt another one like that and it becomes a design choice! Check out the tutorial and see if it’s something you’d like to try. I hope to include a quilting diagram with all future patterns – would that be helpful? Drop me an email and let me know 🙂

Facing instead of binding

Double Compliment has facing rather than traditional binding. Again, there is a free tutorial available for this technique on my website! I want to make every pattern teach something new to beginners. That’s how I learned to make quilts – I chose patterns based specifically on what techniques were needed to complete the quilt. Anyone else do that? Sometimes facing just works better than binding – and Double Compliment is one of those times. Give facing a try – truly, if I can do it, you can too 🙂

Head over to my shop and see if Double Compliment is a pattern you’d like to try! I hope you do – I can’t wait to see it in different colors. I may need to do another one using scraps…

Keep quilting my friends! More beauty in the world is a good thing!


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