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 .......


  1. How beautiful your blocks are all together!! I especially love your little Patchsmith quilt shop!!!

    1. The doors would always be open and everything would be so cheap.

  2. Someday you'll have to come and visit me and go to some quilt shops! I would sure love to be one of those friends sitting at that picnic quilt!

    1. I would be disappointed if you weren't sat at the picnic quilt.

  3. I must have missed this post.... Beautiful blocks Amanda! Love your bright colours! Christine x