Monday, 22 February 2016

The Splendid Sampler Begins

Block 3 - Lots of Love - Patchsmith style.

Over 20,000 people are sewing along with Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson in The Splendid Sampler sew-along.  One hundred 6” blocks at the rate of two a week.  And I am joining in as part of my Block-a-Day 2016.

The first block, designed by Pat, was released on Valentine Day and mixed simple patchwork with simple applique to stunning effect.
Block 1 - Hearts Aflutter - Patchsmith style

The following Thursday block 2 ‘Wings’, designed by Jane, was released and I had fun with this one.  My ‘Farmer’s Wife’ experience looked for a pattern within the block and this is what I found:  
Block 2 - Wings - Patchsmith style

Yesterday saw the release of block 3 ‘Lots of Love’, designed by Melissa Corry and I got down-and-dirty with some itty-bitty hearts.  I loved it.  These small pieces have me taking my time - I find it impossible to rush if I want the accuracy - and this, in turn is making these blocks a relaxing experience. 
Block 3 - Lots of Love - Patchsmith style

The only deviation I’ve taken from the patterns so far, is to press my seams open on the patchwork hearts for block 3 – I find I can better see the points when I am matching seams.

You can find all three patterns on The Splendid Sampler website and I have started up a Splendid Sampler Pinterest Board (Patchsmith Style) where you can find all my blocks in one place.

Until next time .........


  1. Your first three blocks look fabulous Amanda and thank you for the tip about pressing seams open on block three.... I am just making mine so I think I will give it a try! Christine x

    1. Thank you Christine. I think you will find it less bulky. I love seeing your blocks in the Facebook group. And I am guessing, when we get to the embroidery you will be in your element. xxxx

  2. I am already tagging your Splendid Sampler blocks as my favorites!! I am in love with your fabrics and colors! Oh no... another sew along I may be getting pulled into!! (smiles)