Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Splendid Sampler Blocks 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66 and 67.

I know, I know - I’m missing block 60.  It is an embroidery block and it will get done but only after my current pattern writing is finished.  So let me show you the blocks I have made:

Block 59 – ‘Circle of Friendship’ designed by Michele Muska.  Lots of little hand-stitched Dresdens - great for using up scraps.
The Splendid Sampler Block 59 - Circle of Friendship

Block 61 – ‘Traveller’ designed by Pat Sloan.  I was just finishing off one of my new patterns when Block 51 popped up so I used scraps I had to hand.   Hence the 'country' look to this block. 
The Splendid Sampler Block 61 - Traveller

Block 62 – ‘Hens and Chicks’ designed by Heidi Kaisand.  I am not keen on stitching small triangles on the bias so I paper-pieced the four units instead and patched them together. It worked well.
The Splendid Sampler Block 62 - Hens and Chicks

Block 63 – ‘The Icing on the Cake’ designed by Kim Christopherson.  I added a smidgeon of raspberry icing and a Patchsmith heart.
The Splendid Sampler Block 63 - The Icing on the Cake

It reminds me of my Cupcake Mug Rug Pattern from my Hobby & Fun pattern book.  
Heart Cupcakes Mug Rug

Block 64 – ‘Rising Star’ designed by Kathy Brown.  This looked tricky but was actually easier than I anticipated.  The secret is to cut accurately and maintain an exact ¼” seam allowance.
The Splendid Sampler Block 64 - Rising Star

Block 65 – ‘Stripes and Flowers’ designed by Siobhan Rogers.  The pattern provided two methods for piecing this block and I chose the paper-piecing option. I'm glad I did as the next block (Block 66) took all my patchwork patience.
The Splendid Sampler Block 65 - Stripes and Flowers

Block 66 – ‘Happy Thoughts’ designed by Vanessa Goertzen.  This is such a good looking block but those little flying geese are so small to patch.  My happy thought was that this block might be better suited to paper-piecing.
The Splendid Sampler Block 66 - Happy Thoughts

Block 67 – ‘Bobbin Chase’ designed by Scott Hansen.  I got the ‘bobbin’ blocks round the wrong way but I think it works just as well this way.
The Splendid Sampler Block 67 - Bobbin Chase

You can see all my blocks together over at my Splendid Sampler Pinterest Board.  But for me it is time to get back to pattern writing.

Until next time .....


  1. Beautiful blocks Amanda! Still need to start getting caught up on mine! Hope you had a lovely weekend! Christine x

  2. There's always a "teenager" in the bunch that demands extra attention...I guess it's Number 66 this time. It looks like you won out in the end...they are all gorgeous blocks!

  3. Your blocks are lovely! Mine are all wonky as I am a novice patchworker and I haven't done any of the paper pieced blocks as trying to learn a new technique seems a step too far at the moment. But it is all such fun and I really look forward to each Sunday and Thursday!

    1. I think 'wonky' is just another way of saying 'handmade'. I like wonky - it is quirky and uniquely yours. I am so glad you are enjoying the journey - that is the whole point.