The Splendid Sampler™: Block 59


The 59th block of The Splendid Sampler is called Circle of Friendship, by Michele Muska. It’s another variation on the traditional Dresden plate, and a quite effective one. I decided to English-paper piece the blades, which helped in accuracy, although it made this block a three or four afternoons one (I don’t glue baste the templates, which makes the process slower).

Before trimming the block I added a basting stitch around the appliqué parts, to keep things in place until the sashing is added.

This pattern would make for a wonderful pillow case, wouldn’t it?

Pattern and link party for this one are here.


The Splendid Sampler™: Block 26


The 26th block of The Splendid Sampler features one of the patterns that was to be expected sooner or later, a Dresden Plate. This version is called “Dreaming of Dresdens”, by Jane Davidson (Quilt Jane – Want it, Need it, Quilt). The most challenging part of it was the appliqué of the little circles that add the new twist to the traditional base, but after block 25, it was almost a piece of cake.

I had some fun playing with the circles of one of the coloured prints, which turned out to be the perfect size. I used cardboard templates to baste the circles and starch to help stabilise them before appliquéing.

The pattern and link party can be found here.