Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Blocks 6 to 12

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 .......

Friday, 18 March 2016

Farmer's Wife 1930s blocks 48, 50 and 52

Very Kerry Berry has covered six Farmer’s Wife 1930s blocks since we last met – three of which I have blogged about previously but three of which are new.  Let’s take it in numerical order:

Block 47 – Joy.  This is a lovely block and one which I covered in January.   Notes in my book read ‘okay to paper-piece – pretty block’.
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 47 - Joy

Block 48 – Judy.  This is one of the new blocks which I have only just made.  It is the same as block 29 Doris but with a different center.  I patched the center and corner squares but paper-pieced the sharp triangle patches. She reminds me of Judy Garland - it is the orange polka dot.  
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 48 - Judy

Block 49 – Katherine.  I patched this block way back in October 2015.  It is not one of my favourites – I guess I prefer a symmetrical approach.
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 49 - Katherine

Block 50 - Lady.  This is another ‘new’ block to the blog but one which I made back in November last year.  Notes read “a simple paper-pieced block with endless possibilities depending on fabric.  You could even patch the centre.”   
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 50 - Lady

Block 51 – Lily.  This is a block that I blogged about in January.   Notes in my book read ‘nothing with this block went together easily.  It is a very pretty block but not one I want to make again!”.
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 51 - Lily

and finally ..... Block 52 – Lola.  I patched this block using the paper templates.  “Pretty in Gooseberry fabrics”.
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 52 - Lola

The Gnome Angel sew-along has reduced to one block a week and this week’s block is one which was a lot of work back in October 2015 - block no. 6 April.
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 6- April

I'll be back shortly with an update on The Splendid Sampler blocks - they are coming along very nicely but if you can't wait you can find them all on my Splendid Sampler Pinterest board here ........  

Monday, 29 February 2016

Splendid Sampler Blocks 4 and 5

The Splendid Sampler blocks - Patchsmith style.

It has been a quiet time for the Farmer’s Wife 1930s sew-along as the Gnome Angel sew-along is still on spring break and the two blocks for the Very Kerry Berry group have been covered already (Block 45 ‘Jenny’ and Block 46 ‘Jewel’).
Block 46 - Jewel - my least favourite block

So instead I have been slicing and dicing fabric for the Splendid Sampler sew-along and two very lovely blocks they were.

Block 4 – ‘Happy, Happy’ by Jen Kingwell is a gorgeous 6” applique block and, as you all know, I am partial to a bit of applique. 
Do you like the little Patchsmith heart?

Block 5 was a simple patchwork block called ‘Simple Simon’.  It was designed by Celine Perkins and is a ‘disappearing nine-patch’ slice and dice. 
Block 5 - 'Simple Simon'

I didn’t intend to have a red and aqua theme for this sew-along but it seems that is where my fabric stash is taking me.  You can find all the blocks as-and-when I make them here on my Splendid Sampler Pinterest Board.

Sew until next time ................