Yesterday, the 5oth block for the Splendid Sampler was released- there are 100 blocks, so just in case you’re not a math wizard, that means we are officially halfway through! I’ve gotten a few more Splendid Sampler blocks done… I am by no means caught up! I have 8 blocks done out of about 50 which have been released so far. But even if I don’t do another one, I think I could put together a cute “mini sampler” quilt. If you’re not caught up either, don’t sweat it, just take your time and enjoy the process. I designed a bonus block, called Summer Flip Floppin’, for The Splendid Sampler, and my other block will be released in November, so stay tuned!
Some fun stuff….
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I’m also doing a celebratory giveaway! Keep reading….
I thought I’d show you some of my most recent blocks. This one is block #32, The Constant Needle, designed by Laurie Simpson. Machine applique made this very quick and easy to do. And the style is so “me.”
Here is block #37, Dashing by Chocolate, designed by Laura Flynn. Anything involving chocolate is OK by me! I was wondering if those little Flying Geese units would be pesky, but really they were no trouble at all to assemble!
And here is block #35, The Wishful Garden, designed by Kristyne Czepuryk. The original pattern had embroidery, but I was in a hurry so I added rick rack instead. I have to say, I really thought this block was fun to make!
Because I did rack rack instead of embroidery, I used a slightly different method for putting my block together. The original pattern called for templates for the white embroidered area. However, I just used my rotary cutter to cut white strips which were the same width as the template, and slightly longer. Then I machine sewed on my rick rack- just sew right down the center of the rick rack.
I assembled the block as shown in the pattern- see how my white strips are a little longer than they need to be:
And then I trimmed off the excess for a perfect block:
The use of my rotary cutter and rick rack made this super fast to put together- I’d love to do a whole quilt with these adorable little blocks!
And now, a celebratory giveaway!
I am giving away a prize to TWO LUCKY WINNERS! The 2 winners will each receive a PDF pattern bundle! It includes 3 adorable patterns:
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- *What is your favorite “treat” or snack while you are sewing or crafting?
- *Comment by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time (that’s New York City time) on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
- *Giveaway open to US and international readers. Your email must be included in your profile or comment. If I choose your name and cannot contact you immediately, I will draw another winner.
- *Winner chosen at random.
And don’t forget to visit the other designer blogs on today’s hop:
- Melissa Corry
- Joan Ford
- Kathy Schmitz
- Michele Foster
- Sara Lawson
- Lynette Anderson
- Jacquelynne Steves (that’s me!)
- April Rosenthal
- Amy Udall Smart
- Aurifil… hint.. there is something good there!