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   ......

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Splendid Sampler Blocks 32, 33 and 34

I am having so much fun with The Splendid Sampler sew along and have added another three blocks to my collection .....

Block 32 - Constant Needle alternative.  I needed a hand-stitching project so I grabbed the Block 32 pattern, four charm squares and some thread and this is the result.  
Block 32 - Hand-stitched Constant Needle

Block 33 – ‘Selvage Saver’ is a ‘use-it-up’ block from Pat Sloan.  Using selvages is not new to me – I use them as book names on my Tea-and-Books mug rug pattern.
Tea and Books Mug Rug
However, what was a shock was how much of my stash came from the big name brands – Moda and Riley Blake.  I did have other brands but a lot of my fabrics were from those two companies.  This is a change from a couple of years ago and I intend to redress the balance over the next few months. 
The Splendid Sampler block no. 33 - Selvage Saver
Tip:  Shorten your stitch length when sewing the selvages together as you may have less than ¼” seams in order to get the selvages to fit.

Block 34 – ‘Lemonade’ by that talented Amy Gibson.  When I first cut out the little pieces for the curved seams I was doubtful.  But I needn’t have worried.  I popped over to Craftsy and watched Lesson 11 in Amy’s free Craftsy Block-of-the-Month 2012 class showing how to match those curved seams.  I am glad to say block 34 went together easily after that – no seam ripper needed. 
The Splendid Sampler block no. 34 - (Pink) Lemonade
Tip:  Press both curved pieces in half diagonally so that you can match them up.  Pin at the center crease, then get the sides lined up exactly and pin.  From there it is a case of slowly and simply easing in the excess and pinning with lots of pins, before stitching the two pieces together.

I am looking forward to some more fun this coming week.  Sew until next time ...