Sunday, 4 September 2016

The Splendid Sampler Blocks 53, 54, 55, 56, 57 and 58

We are over halfway through The Splendid Sampler sew along and the blocks are as good as ever:

Block 53 – ‘Whirling in Circles’ designed by Deb Roberts.  A double pinwheel patchwork block – quite a lot for a little 6” block but good fun nonetheless.
The Splendid Sampler Block 53 - Whirling in Circles

Block 54 – ‘Shell’ designed by Jane Davidson.  A paper-pieced block I wasn’t sure about until I made it and then I loved it.
The Splendid Sampler Block 54 - Shell

Block 55 – ‘Dedication Rose’ – a Lisa Bongean block.  I love this block so much – one of my favourites from all the blocks so far.  It harks back to the traditional applique blocks of the 19th century.  
The Splendid Sampler Block 55 - Dedication Rose

Block 56 – ‘At Home Anywhere’.  I wasn’t sure about this block design by JenniferKeltner.  And I wasn’t sure my fabric choices were good.  However, the Splenderettes in the Facebook group got me thinking otherwise and now I see a pink cloud, raining flowers.  I love living in a fabric world.
The Splendid Sampler Block 56 - At Home Anywhere

Block 57 – ‘Starting Point’.  If block 58 showcases the paper-piecing method then this block showcases patchwork.  A traditional, simple block from Lissa Alexander which brings it down to fabric choices and placement.
The Splendid Sampler Block 57 - Starting Point

Block 58 – ‘Homeward Bound’.  This block design by Kelly Liddle epitomises why paper-piecing is such a good method for some designs.    It is an easy block to paper-piece but would be a horror if using any other method.
The Splendid Sampler Block 58 - Homeward Bound

So there we have it.  I am still up-to-date but only just. If you want to see all my blocks together pop over to my Splendid Sampler Pinterest board.

Until next time ......... 


  1. Every block in this post is just fabulous! I think your stitching skills have been perfected by all of your daily block-making...and now you have several gorgeous collections!

    1. Oh my - they have Amy. I look back at my early designs and early stitchings and giggle. I leave the photos on-line as it is all part-and-parcel of my journey. But I have you to thank for my first every mug rug swap. xxxx

  2. Stunning blocks, Amanda!! They are just so perfect and precious!! My favorite this post has to be the Homeward Bound block !! <3 <3

    1. It is an easy paper-pieced block Susie - you would find it really easy. I have seen some cushions where four blocks are put together and they look stunning.

  3. Beautiful blocks Amanda! I must start getting caught up on mine now that I am settled into my new house! Have a great week! Christine x

    1. Thank you Christine. A new home is always exciting - so many walls on which to hang super-dooper embroidery. But I am guessing you have it all mapped out already.