Friday, 2 December 2016

The Splendid Sampler Blocks 74, 77, 79, 83 and 84

The Splendid Sampler Blocks
There is a bit of a gap in the Splendid Sampler blocks as I have been busy on other things.  But that is the nature of life so I have just jumped in as and when I could over the last month and managed to complete five blocks .....

Block 74 – ‘Button Basket’ designed by Karen Soltys.  I didn’t quite get the handle in the right place but it is good enough for me.
The Splendid Sampler Block no. 74 - Button Basket

Block 77 – ‘Prism’ designed by Sara Lawson.  I’ve gotta say – this simple patchwork block came along at just the right time.  I needed something quick and easy to help me get back to my sewing machine.  Sara Lawson’s block didn’t disappoint.
The Splendid Sampler Block no. 77 - Prism

Block 79 – ‘Spool of Inspirational Thread’.  I pulled some of my old country favourites out of my fabric pot for this paper-pieced block..  So much to like about this design from Melanie Barrett.  
The Splendid Sampler Block no. 79 - Spool of Inspirational Thread

Block 83 – ‘Minnesota Maze’.  What a versatile block from Roseann Meehan Kermes.  So many different looks depending on your fabric choices and placement.  I was lucky that a very generous Amy had sent me the sweetest little orange gingham that went perfectly with Summerfest.
The Splendid Sampler Block no. 83 - Minnesota Maze

Block 84 – ‘Robin Redbreast’ first edition of ‘Early Bird’ block designed by Joan Ford.  I decided to play with this block a little by patching it with some scraps.  I am not sure it works so I will make it up again following the pattern exactly.  Even so, this robin is a sweetie and may end up on a Christmas zipper pouch.
The Splendid Sampler Block no. 84 - Early Bird

So there we have it.  I will add these blocks to my Pinterest Splendid Sampler board and I might get to fill in some of the blanks in due course.

Until next time ......... 


  1. Beautiful blocks as always Amanda! Such pretty fabrics too! Have a lovely weekend! Christine x

    1. Thank you Christine. I hope you've had a lovely weekend too.

  2. Another charming set that takes my breath away. You are a clever matchmaker for fabric scraps!

  3. how can I get these patterns, I love them. Thank you Diana

    1. Hi Diana - the blocks were available for the period of the sew-along but are no longer available for free. You can purchase "The Splendid Sampler" book which will contain all the blocks sewn in the sew-along.