The Splendid Sampler™: Block 10 revisited

I wasn’t pleased with my fabric choices for block n. 10 of The Splendid Sampler, and I had already made my mind up to sew it again long before the sampler was finished. However, for the sake of fabric management, I decided I wouldn’t revisit any block until the original 100 were finished. Truth is I don’t have much fabric left to choose from, but I prefer this second version rather than the first one. I think the main problem was that the print on the coloured fabric was too big for these pieces -the pattern was too much cut up and looked really messy-.

For a little bit of an update about how the sampler is going, I’m waiting for the sashing fabric to arrive. I will be sashing the blocks while revisiting those that need minor adjustments – I think this one was the only that needed a complete redo-. I’m looking forward to starting working on it again!


On-going projects: February update


(Each month I write a monthly summary about what’s going on behind the finishedblocks and projects shared on the everyday posts of the blog. That helps me in keeping track of the on-going projects and acts as a motivation guide).

February was marked by two unexpected trips that keep me away of the sewing room. On the other hand, they helped in advancing hand-sewn, portable projects.

All 100 blocks for The Splendid Sampler™ are finished! I can’t believe I’ve actually made it! Now I’m going to take a couple of weeks break to catch on other things and I’ll start revisiting those blocks that require so and start putting the sampler together. I already have decided on the setting, I just need to audit the fabric for it.

The 2016 BoM by Cotton&Color was planned to start being quilted on January. However, I couldn’t spend time on it. I don’t foresee any advance for it on March, even though I would like to have it, at least, basted.

I finished the blocks for the “Buttons” pattern by Me and My Sister Designs. I want to have the top finished by the end of March!

The Star-Sampler quilt along by Amanda of 3and3quarters is up-to-date.

– The Stars-quilt was the major beneficiary of my trips this month:

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 24/84 (+6 from the last stats)

I finished the first block for the Flower Festival quilt-along by Leah Day. I already posted about the piecing of this one, and I plan to post about the quilting part later this week. However, I couldn’t start the second one, so I’m thinking to skip directly to the March’s block and catch up with February’s as soon as possible.

I also couldn’t work on the Cotton&Color‘s Project of the Month pattern for February. I did however end January’s pouch. Post to come.

The Quilt Block Cookbook sew-along by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock is the neglected project this month. I couldn’t keep up with the weekly block, so I have like 6 weeks to catch up. But I did prioritize the Splendid Sampler blocks, so now I’ll try to find some time to sew along. I was having lots of fun playing with my fabric stash and I already have several ideas for the blocks.

And I wanted to finish the quilt from the course I did on Laura Heine‘s collage quilts, but it just didn’t happen. It’s taking priority this month, hope I can have it finished also before the end of it.

On a brighter side, I did finish two projects! My knitted top is finished and waiting to be blocked! And I was able to finish a long-running embroidery project. As always, each of them will get its on post on the blog.

Although I couldn’t stick to my original plan for February, looking back I realise I did some great progress on the Stars-quilt, and I was able to finish two projects! Not to mention, having 100 blocks finished…That’s how all of them look like together!


The Splendid Sampler™: Block 90


Last but not least, block n.90 of The Splendid Sampler ! With this one, I have sewn all 100 blocks, following the patterns and trying not to deviate much from them.

This particular one is called “Juggling”, by Lorena Uriarte. I left this one to be sewn at the end because it requires lots of fabric, and I wasn’t sure about the prints I was going to use. Also, because it was really a tricky one, with those angled lines in the balls and the loops made of bias, and all of the pieces needle-turned appliquéd on place. For the balls, I went back and forward basting only the intersection of the stripes until they matched, then I moved forward to sew the whole seam. The tips on Lorena Uriarte’s blog on how to sew this one were really helpful.

The link party and other info are here.

The Splendid Sampler™: Block 100


“Centered”, by Kate Spain, is block n. 100 and the last one of The Splendid Sampler. I still have block n.90 to be finished, but it seems incredible that I’m writing this blog post. Block n. 100!

And this one was a tricky one, with lots of pieces and tiny piecing. I double checked each unit to confirm they had the right dimensions, trimming or unstitching seams when needed. Patience paid off and the final block has the right dimensions!

I also didn’t have much fabric to choose from; however, I just love the contrast within the hand-written and the printed print. The difference between the two grey fabrics is very subtle – but enough to add interest.

Link party and block information are here.

The Splendid Sampler™: Block 99


Block 99 for The Splendid Sampler is called “Four Corner Spinwheel”, by Kimberly Einmo. For the flip-and-trim corners I used two different methods: I trimmed the underneath fabric for the pinwheel flying geese units, and I left it on the corners (it can be seen sticking out in some places…). In both cases, however, I checked so the units had the right dimensions,  an even so, the block ended up a little bit wonky… (sigh).

The link party and block information are here.

The Splendid Sampler™: Block 98


Block 98 of The Splendid SamplerFleur de Lei, by Lynn Harris, wasn’t an easy one. A year ago I wouldn’t have tried to needle-turn appliqué a piece like this. However, if anything, with this sampler I’ve learned how to appliqué, and that things are worth a try. It’s not perfect, but I’m really happy I followed the instructions. Perhaps, if I was to do it again, I would use some interfacing foundation and glue basting. Also, I would draw the margins of the finished block; there are two points that are past the seam allowance (the pencil marks are the 6 ½” cutting lines). I have a plan for fixing that when putting the quilt together, though.

Link party and info are here.

The Splendid Sampler™: Block 97


The 97th block of The Splendid Sampler is called “First Purse”, by Di Mill. All the blocks of the sampler have already been released; however, life happens and I couldn’t reach that final milestone with my blocks up-to-date. I hope I will have the remaining ones finished in the upcoming days.

For this particular one, I just pulled scraps and played with them; I quite like the result, it looks like a shiny, little purse, doesn’t it? As I don’t like to add buttons to a quilt, least to a quilt which I haven’t decided yet its final destination (bed cover or wall hanging), I decided to embroider them instead.

Link party and pattern (for a short time now!) are here.

The Splendid Sampler™: Block 96


Block n. 96 of The Splendid Sampler is called In the sunshine, by Cheryl Arkison. I already had 2.5″ squares cut from previous blocks (aka cutting mistakes), so I didn’t have to think about the colour scheme for this one.

I deviated from the instructions in the flag construction: I sewed directly a wonky line wrong-sides together, then trimmed the seam allowances and cut notches and clips to help they following their form when pressing. For the appliqué I went with needle turn-appliqué.

I’m thinking of using this flag on the horizontal as a label for the sampler… Although I label, if I do so, on the back, it can be a good place to stitch the name and dates of the quilt, doesn’t it?

Pattern, link party and other info are here.

The Splendid Sampler™: Block 93


The 93th block of The Splendid Sampler is called Tiny Miracles, by April Rosenthal. I didn’t have much fabric to choose from, and I wasn’t really sure about the combination, but at the end I quite like it. It’s a really busy block, but as there isn’t so much contrast between fabrics I think it has the necessary overall balance.

As always happens with paper piecing, really thick seams on this one although I didn’t secure each seam with backstitch in order to reduce bulk. Just something to keep in mind when planning the quilting design.

The pattern, link party and other info are here.

The Splendid Sampler™: Block 95


The 95th block of The Splendid Sampler™ “Sunshine” is designed by Kim Niedzwiecki (Go-Go Kim). This pieced block shouldn’t have posed any difficulty, but it ended a little off (1/8″) in one corner. I think it’s due to the loss of stiffness the fabric has suffered; it’s been a year since I starched it and several iron-fold iron-fold circles, as well as the constant manipulation of the scraps bin led to that.

For this one I based my fabric selection on the scraps/pieces I have left of some of the prints, and the overall balance of coloured prints in the sampler. Although this orange wouldn’t have been my first option if I hadn’t determined I needed it, I’m quite happy of the final result.

Pattern and info are here.