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…

10 bucks for Farmer’s Wife!

On Sunday, the block was another embroidery block and I realized hey….we’re doing several of these; I know that in general I have “Civil War” fabric colors so I’ll buy some skeins of floss in coordinating colors.  Black, brown, rust, medium blue.  I bought 4 skeins and thought I was good to go. Then came…

Block 19 – Measure Twice, Cut Once

I was so busy making the 19th block of the Splendid Sampler that I didn’t take pictures along the way. I thought to myself as I was piecing it how much easier it is to cut 1.5″ x 1″ pieces than it was just a month ago.  I picked fabric that was really too much of a…

Block 11 – Crocheted Thoughts

I didn’t bother to read the details of the Splendid Sampler when I signed up.  I knew I’d bought 2 packages of mostly darker layer cakes that I ended up not using for the 365 sampler (because I ended up not doing that sampler). I decided to use it for this and figured this would…

red tulip

I’m not finished with block 11 of the Splendid Sampler yet from Sunday – more on that at the end of the post.  I had it pieced and thought I’d spend Monday evening and just whip out the hand stitching for both blocks.  It didn’t really happen that way. But back to the Bloom block.  This week is…

Snug As A Bug – SS 7

This block is our son to a “T”! Sometimes it’s hard to find him in his bed in the morning because there are toy bunny rabbits and bears – and a few other items in bed with him too! I end up having to toss the covers off of him to final find him underneath…