The Splendid Sampler™: Block 54


The 54th block of The Splendid Sampler is calledShellby Jane Davidson (Quilt Jane – Want it, Need it, Quilt), and was not, by any means, an easy one. Theoretically, foundation paper-piecing should make complex patterns possible, and easy. Theoretically.

Piecing the different parts took some seam-ripper as I was sewing from scraps and sometimes the seam allowances ended too thin. Not really a big deal. But sewing the partial blocks together… that was a different history! I tried this tip from Kristy at Quiet Play, and it really helps: to baste the different parts using a bigger stitch length. So, yes, I had to unpick lots of basting stitches, and I don’t know why, it has been impossible to get all the points to match. At the end I decided that the slightly disadjustment on the lower part of the block  was the minor of  my problems and that’s fixable when sewing the quilt together, so I’m leaving it as it is.

The pattern and link party are found here.


4 thoughts on “The Splendid Sampler™: Block 54

  1. Thank you for posting this photo, and for your helpful tips. I just spent two weeks in North Carolina and there were many beautiful shells with black stripes on the beaches there, so I wanted to echo that in my Shells block. Please accept imitation as the sincerest form of flattery!

    By the way – your points look great to me. I am sure mine won’t be nearly as accurate as yours – couldn’t even get the little pinwheel on the Whirling in Circles block to connect neatly! :)


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