22 January 2017

The Splendid Sampler 15

OIt's been a long time since I last posted Splendid Sampler blocks what with Christmas and all that.  Now well into he New Year time for a catch up.

First up is a bonus block not only timed to celebrate my birthday in November, but coincidentally the ladies who organise the Sampler - Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. 

Fused applique cake and embroidered flourish on the top, but I've used pen and will embroider over later.

Block 85 is Flow by Latifah Saafir.
This aeroplane inspired block is foundation pieced and I've used blues for this one.

Next is Minnesota Maze, Block 83, by Rosann Meehan Kermes.  Block piecing half square triangles and flying geese. My apologies for the odd angle of the photo here.

Similar was Block 86 Unity Star from Vanessa Christenson.  This pieced block produced a secondary block pattern, Ohio Star.
This block took careful planning of the colours to ensure getting this right.

Block 84 The Early Bird by Joan Ford had several foundation pieced sections which came together quite well

Next block is number 89 - From Colorado to the Midwest, by Ebony Love.  This is traditional pieced with part log cabin and part half square triangles.
Those little "windows" became another opportunity to use the little owls.

Number 90 was designed by Lorena Uriarte and is called Juggling

Pieced circles appliquéd with bias loops in between, but I substituted some stem stitch which didn't look very good (having not done that well with the bias strips) so may revisit this block again soon.

I've finished one block and completed today's block too.  So the one finished off is Block 92, Double Bees designed by Beth Bradley.  I'd pieced this on Monday and finished the fusible appliqué pieces today.
I've used a triple stitch on my machine for the curly flourish on this block which has worked well and might use that again.  The fusible appliqué pieces on this take of the traditional Honey Bee block were buttonhole stitched.

Lastly today's completion, Skyscraper, which is Block 94, designed by StaceyLowe, inspired by trips to Tokyo.  Nice and easy fusible piecing with buttonhole stitch.

This brings my up to date with my progress on The Splendid Sampler blocks.  Obviously I can't keep up with every block and some more challenging ones will need more attention like more complex foundation pieced and embroidery blocks but as there is no race to get these done I can take my time and choose whether to make or not.


  1. I love seeing your Splendid Sampler progress, Sue! Way to go! Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

  2. Great blocks - such a variety!

  3. WOW ! You have been busy Sue. I love your Early Bird and the Cake and the ...... all of them ! Marion x


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