The Splendid Sampler – complete!

Kathy, thank you for being the “kick in the pants” to get me back on the blog again.  I did indeed finally finish The Splendid Sampler quilt and yes, that finger that was sewn through was a huge factor in why it’s taken me so long.  That hurt.  It still hurts.  Anything that involves using…

Block 91 – Gran’s Button Jar

I’ve been quilting on En Provence night and day.  Mostly morning; I’m not a night owl and decided it wasn’t a good idea for me to work on it when I was tired.  Usually, I am in the middle of a row when I stop for the day but yesterday I was at the end…

Block 92 – Double Bees

I finally finished block 92 yesterday. I tried something new … it didn’t work but at least I know it for the next time.  I tried a tiny blanket stitch since the pieces on this are so small. It ended up looking like a messed up satin stitch which wasn’t at all the look I…

how awesome is this!

The letter carrier dropped off the mail just as we were headed out the door last night.  What a surprise I had when I opened the package! A couple of weeks ago I had a notification that I was the lucky recipient of Christmas ornaments from a blog that I follow.  She asked me to…

Splendid Sampler layout

The designer blocks aren’t in their final places but the setting blocks are pretty much finalized at this point.  I’m still trying to figure out where to put the final 13 blocks but now at least that I know the adjacent blocks’ colors it will actually make it easier to finish out the last dozen. …

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…

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 50 – Flights of Fancy

Halfway done!  I was afraid we might celebrate with the hardest block yet, but that paper pieced dress still holds that distinction.  I pieced this one per the directions to see if I’m at better now with those 1″ pieces than I was when I started.  The jury is still out. The first thing I…

Block# 44 – Stitch in the Garden

Ack! I nearly destroyed this block before I ever started on it.  This was almost entirely embroidery so I used the same Sulky stabilizer that I’ve used previously.  This one calls for some applique on the 3 spools so I used Heat ‘n Bond on the back of the fabric. And then….I don’t know if…

Block 31 – Blossoming

It took me part of Saturday evening, Sunday, Monday, and early Tuesday morning – but I hand stitched everything on the block designed by Jenny Reynolds! I saw she had stitched 3 variations of it, which made me feel comfortable with switching up the skeins used to adapt it to the colors in my sampler.  I…

Block 28 – Stitching Fashion

Does this block look like it was hard to make?  I sure hope it does.  I hope that you can look at that, see a 6″ finished block and then imagine just how incredibly tiny some of the pieces are on here, like the top of the bodice.  And the teeny tiny triangle at the…

Block #20 Nature’s Walk

Wow! Was that ever a lot of embroidery for someone who hadn’t done any embroidery in probably 35-40 years before I started the Splendid Sampler.  I found some iridescent skeins (otherwise known as fancy pants floss) yesterday when I bought more floss so I picked up the 3 colors that would be used in the…