Block 64 – Rising Star

Wow.  Let me just say that again slowly.  W-o-w.  If I thought Jane had some tiny pieces in her blocks; if I thought that paper pieced dress had some tiny pieces…..there weren’t many of them – just 12 – but those little white pieces in the middle?  They start out as 1″ squares.  I know…

Block #63 – The Icing on the Cake

I did officially get all 25 blocks completed and the border sewn on.  Overall I did get better at piecing it as I went along although I confess that one of the iffiest blocks was block # 24. For each row, I picked out the one that I thought looked the best and put it…

mysterious creature

A friend of mine works at the quilt store, so I generally try to plan my trips around the days that she’s working which was the case yesterday. With 3 (now 1.5!) blocks left to piece I thought it was about time to buy the fabric for the back of the quilt I’ve been working…

4 rows and change

I finished up my 4th row yesterday evening on the purple star quilt and then kept right on going.  I’ve finally found my rhythm on making the blocks.  Each block is made of 4 identical sets, and each of those sets includes 4 units. I’ve found that making an entire row – 20 sets –…

Block #60 – Hearts and Flowers

I actually – finally – finished this 2 days ago but wasn’t online long enough to write about it. I started to put French knots in the center of the small flowers but decided I liked the satin stitch better for that small area so I switched for the remainder. I counted the number of…

Block 62 – Hen and Chicks

Ay yi yi!  That seemingly innocent 1″ strip in this 6″ block really threw me for a loop today.  I am embarrassed to think how much time this block took me when it didn’t need to.  Have you ever had to re-work something 2, 3, or more times because you were either trying to take…

I think I’ve had the same goal for  3 or 4 days now.  Finish block 60 of the Splendid Sampler, and finish the 3rd row of the purple star quilt.  I finally got one of those completed yesterday – yay!  The picture of this is actually rotated which hopefully explains why the left side –…

Block 61 – The Traveler

I love it when I see that Pat Sloan has a block coming up in the Splendid Sampler.  They are always visually appealing, several are patchwork or doable applique, don’t take days to complete and yet interesting.  I wanted to go for a darker overall block; I do wish I had used a slightly lighter…

Professional grade snipper

I wanted to catch up on Splendid Sampler blocks since we were coming up on block # 60.  And then I saw that particular one was embroidery.  I knew it was a losing battle to get that done before Sunday’s block came out.  I’m making headway on it but it will be another day or…

Block #55 – Dedication Rose

Yay!  I’m caught up until tomorrow when the next block comes out!  Cutting this one out was easy – I don’t know why I kept putting it off.  Actually yes I do; at the time I just needed an “applique break”. Is there such a thing? If not, there is now.  Those are some teeny…

Block #56 – At Home Anywhere

I was determined to to catch up on the Splendid Sampler blocks, because #60 comes out this Thursday and I want to end the week with a nice even row.  I went to grab the template I had printed out a week ago and thought “hey, that’s a blog post!”. Do you see in the…

Block 59 – Circle of Friendship

I had 2 goals this weekend.  Either complete both “past due” blocks for the Splendid Sampler that I haven’t done yet, or finish one and the one for Sunday.  Second, finish the machine quilting block – as in, quilt it.  The final weekend score…. 0 out of 2.  Oops. I did however at least complete…