Jacquelynne Steves

More Splendid Sampler Blocks

I promised I’d show you more of my blocks from The Splendid Sampler! This is block #4, called “Happy, Happy,” designed by Jen Kingwell. I liked the idea of using a floral fabric for the vase, to make it look like one of those vintage pitchers you might pick up at a flea market:


Instead of hand embroidering the stems, I decided to free-motion stitch them on my machine. First, I arranged the applique pieces on my background according to the pattern and used a wash-out embroidery marker to draw in the stems:


Then I removed the applique pieces and stitched the stems. I recommend putting stabilizer behind your background fabric. I dropped the feed dogs on my machine and used my darning foot (just like you would for free-motion quilting), followed along the lines I had drawn in. My stems aren’t perfect- but that’s the look I was going for! I stitched along each line 2 or 3 times, to give some “weight” to the stems:


Then I replaced the appliqued pieces, fused them in place, and machine appliqued them.

Another block which I managed to complete is called “Friends Around the Square,” designed by Julie Karasek. I used a light gray for the large triangles- I thought that would be a nice “frame” for the cheerful colors in the center:


Have you been following along with The Splendid Sampler free sew along?? The block that I designed will be featured in November, so you’ll have to wait a little while to see it!

See my previous blocks here and here.


Have A Creative Day-BOMFlower_JacquelynneSteves


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    Margaret (margiestitcher)
    Posted March 12, 2016 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    liking what you have done with the flower pot block and the friends around the square looks so good too

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    Posted March 14, 2016 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    I really love the Flower Pot block…the stitched stems are perfect!

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    Jeannine Fokken
    Posted March 21, 2016 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    I love all the cheery blocks and patterns.

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      Posted March 22, 2016 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      Me too, Jeannine!! I also like that they’re small and quick :)

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