What a lovely sew-along The Splendid Sampler is turning out to be. It is a real mixture of embroidery, patchwork and applique.
Block 6 – ‘Focal Point’ is a patchwork block that reminds me of an open parcel – a clever design from Natalia Bonner.
|The Splendid Sampler Block 6 - Focal Point|
Block 7 – ‘Snug as a Bug’ is a mixture of applique and embroidery. Designed by one of my most favourite designers, Amy Sinibaldi, this was a lovely block to make. Embroidery is not my strong suit but this block was simple.
|The Splendid Sampler Block 7 - Snug as a Bug|
Block 8 – ‘Friends around the Square’. The name of this patchwork block, designed by Julie Karasek, invoked images of friends sat around a picnic blanket high on the South Downs. Bliss.
|The Splendid Sampler Block 8 - Friends around the Square|
Block 9 – ‘Local Quilt Shop’. If only there was a local quilt shop near me but alas there isn’t. But that doesn’t stop me day-dreaming with the help of designer Jane Davidson. (I made the door slightly taller to distinguish it from the windows.)
|The Splendid Sampler Block 9 - Local Quilt Shop|
Block 10 – ‘Iowa’. This patchwork ring reminds me of a very pretty Easter doughnut – covered in different coloured icing and sprinkles – lots of sprinkles. Design by that lovely Sherri McConnell.
|The Splendid Sampler Block 10 - Iowa|
Block 11 – ‘Crocheted Thoughts’. I had to look carefully at the embroidery stitch for this block and even then, I think I may have made mine too small. I didn’t have enough confidence to add the crochet hook as this block, designed by Alyssa Thomas, turned out so pretty I was afraid I might ruin it.
|The Splendid Sampler Block 11 - Crocheted Thoughts|
Block 12 – ‘Checkerboard’. I grew up on blocks like this one – introduced to quick piecing by the likes of Debbie Mumm and Thimbleberries. So when Pat Sloan’s patchwork block came along I just grabbed my 1½” scrappy squares and got sewing.
|The Splendid Sampler Block 12 - Checkerboard|
So there you have it. I have made a few more since these but more about that another time .......