Sunday, 24 July 2016

The Splendid Sampler Blocks 39 to 44

Two weeks have passed since I last posted and The Splendid Sampler blocks are appearing thick and fast.  So let us catch up on another six blocks:

Block 39 – ‘Balls in the Air’ by Aylin Ozturk.  This paper-pieced pattern is pretty to look at but it is not a block I would want to remake.  I think it would be much easier as a quick-fuse applique block.
The Splendid Sampler Block 39 - Balls in the Air

Block 40 – ‘Flights of Friendship’ by Me and My Sister. Sometimes I just crave a little patchwork and it felt time on The Splendid Sampler journey for a patchwork block.
The Splendid Sampler Block 40 - Flights of Friendship

Block 41 – ‘Sew South’ by Jennifer Mathis.  An old fashioned EPP Granny Flower but this one is top-stitched in place – so much easier. 
The Splendid Sampler Block 41 - Sew South

Block 42 – ‘Pencils’  by Jane Davidson.   I part patched and part paper-pieced this beautiful block.
The Splendid Sampler Block 42 - Pencils
Block 43 – ‘Pincushion Love’  by Pat Sloan.   I thi nk my strawberry pin-cushion looks more like a  big fat tomato but this was a quick and easy applique block.  (Those two little buttons were kindly given to me a long time ago in a needlecase swap.) 
The Splendid Sampler Block 43 - Pincushion Love

Block 44 – ‘Stitch in the Garden’ by Gail Pan.   Who doesn't love to stitch in the garden? And who doesn't love Gail Pan's beautiful stitchery patterns.  I am less stitchery and more applique so I added some fabric touches.
The Splendid Sampler Block 44 - Stitch in the Garden

I am really loving The Splendid Sampler journey.   It makes a nice respite from pattern designing.  Be sure to come back soon for the most recent blocks and keep an eye out for some bonus blocks too.

Until then ......... 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

The Splendid Sampler Blocks 35, 36, 37 and 38

I have decided to make three bed-runners from the Splendid Sampler blocks rather than one large quilt - one to keep and two to gift.  The following four blocks will sparkle on the bottom of my bed.

Block 35 – ‘The Wishful Garden’ by Kristyne Czepuryk.  I chose a pretty floral fabric in keeping with this block's name.  The pattern used hand embroidery on the cross sections but I decided gingham ribbon was much more me, not to mention much simpler.  
The Splendid Sampler block no. 35 - The Wishful Garden

Block 36 – ‘Inchy Hexagon Club’ by Jane Davidson.  This block is actually made up of 3/8” hexagons which made is hard on the hands and the eyes.  This was the first English Paper-Pieced block of this sew-along so I was a little disappointed to find it made up of such small pieces.  According to the chat in the Facebook group and on-line – the size of the hexies put many people off attempting this block.  I have a little experience of paper-piecing so was happy to give it a go but it is not a block I will make again.
The Splendid Sampler block no. 36 - Inchy Hexagon Club

Block 37 – ‘Dashing for Chocolate’ by Laura Flynn.  Hooray – a good old-fashioned Churn Dash block.  Just what was needed after block 36. 
The Splendid Sampler block no. 37 - Dashing by Chocolate

Block 38 – ‘Vintage Flower Basket’ by Pam Kitty Morning.    I love applique so I really enjoyed making this block - I even added centers to the flowers.
The Splendid Sampler block no. 38 - Vintage Flower Basket

I have another three blocks to show you but more about those next time........

Monday, 20 June 2016

Farmer’s Wife 1930s Quilt Blocks 72, 73, 74, 75, 77 and 98

I am catching up on the Very Kerry Berry sew-along this week with another five Farmer’s Wife 1930s blocks.
Block 72 – Mrs Smith.  There are a lot of notes in my book for this block.  Firstly “make sure you sew the arrows (chevrons) together correctly – don’t turn the pieces upside down”.  This comment tells you how my piecing went initially.  Next “make one corner unit and one arrow unit and use that as a guide for the others”.  More mistakes in my piecing which I soon corrected.  Overall note reads “really tricky block for placement – it is not enough just to mark colours on the chart.”
Farmer's Wife 1930s block no. 72 - Mrs Smith
Block 73 – Mrs Taft.  Thankfully this block was easier than Mrs Smith.  I made it scrappy but it would look good in two colours with one background as shown in the book.
Farmer's Wife 1930s block no. 73 - Mrs Taft

Block 74 – Mrs Thomas.  This looks complicated.  But it isn’t.  I split the center quite simply by patching four squares together and then cutting it on the angle.  Notes say it all ‘Loved making this block’.
Farmer's Wife 1930s block no. 74 - Mrs Thomas

Block 75 – Nan.  I initially made this block using English paper-piecing whilst watching over my father one Saturday morning.  Notes in book from October last year tell me “there are glimpses of the old Dad in there but not many”.   (I remade this block by machine - shown at the top of this post.)        
Farmer's Wife 1930s block no. 75 - Nan

Block 77 – Nellie.  I patched this block rather than paper-pieced it just because I was in the mood for a little patchwork.  It is not perfect but I like it and the imperfections will not show once it is quilted.  
Farmer's Wife 1930s block no. 77 - Nellie

It reminds me of Block 98 – Viola which I also patched last September.  The notes for Viola apply to Nellie “lovely block to patch using strip piecing for checkerboards.”
Farmer's Wife 1930s block no. 98 - Viola

You can find all my Farmer’s Wife blocks on my Pinterest page or by clicking on the ‘Farmer’s Wife 1930s’ tab above.

Until next time   ......