It took a while to make its appearance, but the 36th block of The Splendid Sampler™ is, basically, English paper-piecing. It was to be expected, and also, that it would come in the form of hexagons (I must say, I’m not a fan of hexagons…). This block sums to other traditional blocks that have been given a twist for this sampler (like the Dresden plate in block 26, the basket from block 18, or a later block containing also EPPed hexagons).
This particular block is called “Inchy Hexagon Club”, by Jane Davidson (Quilt Jane – Want it, Need it, Quilt), and the hexagons were, indeed, inchy. So tiny! I transferred the templates to cardboard, which helped in basting (I don’t use glue to baste). What took more time, however, was to decide on the background fabric. In the end I decided to keep this a low-volume block, and I’m pretty happy with the result. The hexagons are appliquéd using a ladder stitch, after being given a good bath of starch.
The pattern and link party can be found here.