The Splendid Sampler Quilt


I’ve started ‘The Splendid Sampler’ BOM from Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, this is the first week and so far I’ve managing to keep up, though if Thursday’s block had been the first one, I might not have been so tempted!!! The block designs are released every Thursday and Sunday…mmm…twice a week, that’s why I hesitated before starting!! On the plus side they are only 6 1/2″ square, so there is a limit to how complex they can be…or so I thought!!


My Splendid Sampler

The first one was fairly straight forward and very pretty, I hand appliqued the heart, I was very pleased with this as it’s my first attempt at applique, good practice I thought for when I start Lynette Andersons latest BOM which arrived this morning!

Thursday’s block involved cutting out 26 1 1/2″squares and another ten slightly bigger ones for the butterflies! All I can say is I’m so glad I bought the die cutter!!!

I’m trying to make a more subtly coloured quilt this time so I decided to go for cabbage white butterflies, which flutter round our garden all summer, so it’s fairly apt! I managed to fussy-cut the birds too. It took me ages to arrange the blocks in a ‘random’ pattern, I do struggle with ‘random’!! It was definitely nor the moment to sneeze, some of those squares might never have been seen again, especially with the state of my sewing room at the moment!

The actual sewing went fairly straight forward, however having 5 seams each way meant the odd fraction out on a 1/4″ seam made all the difference, so my finished square measures nearer 6 3/4″. I felt a bit better having read on facebook how many others had a similar problem. You can see the size issue in the photo!


003The pattern called for antenna embroidered with back-stitch. I noticed a few on facebook also added a body using a bullion bar, I rather liked the effect so I decided to do likewise. For some reason I always have to get a book out on how to do bullion bars, I can never quite get it into my head, despite stitching them lots of times! So having refreshed my memory I stitched a bullion bar using two threads of embroidery cotton and about 14 wraps to get the length. The antenna were stitched with a single thread.

Despite the size problem I’m pleased with block two, I’m hoping I’ll be able to make adjustments when I’m adding sashing.

Next block comes out tomorrow 🙂

Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts and Super Mom No Cape, why not have a look what everyone else is stitching?


My Splendid Sampler


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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21 Responses to The Splendid Sampler Quilt

  1. Looks good–this quilt will be lovely!

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  2. catskillquilter says:

    Thanks for the reminder! I receive your posts in my email, and I rushed to your blog to read the remainder of your message. I have not started my blocks yet! Those bunnies look great fussycut on the heart – good for you! I have not done hand applique either….

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  3. Great fabric choices, looks very pretty!

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  4. Sandra says:

    You’re blocks are wonderful. I’m doing this quilt also. I’ve never heard of the bullion stitch, I’ll have to look it up since it really adds to your butterflies!

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  5. I love the soft romantic look of these fabrics 🙂

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  6. daneesey says:

    I’m collecting these, too … you did a great job with yours. Your fabric choices are wonderful!! 🙂

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  7. Gail says:

    Love your cabbage butterflies! They flutter around my garden too!

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  8. Carla says:

    Great job on your first attempt at applique!

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  9. CathieJ says:

    I am so glad that I am not the only person who really struggles with the concept of random. I need to organize my random. I am also glad I am not the only quilter for whom block size is a problem. I am currently working on a quilt whose blocks are not necessarily coming out the “right” size. I decided to go with the flow and make up the difference later if necessary. Your first attempt at applique looks really good and I like the antenna and bodies of your butterflies.


  10. love those seagulls!

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  11. quiltgranny says:

    Love your Splendid Sampler blocks and your blog.

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  12. Your stitching on the butterflies is the perfect touch for this block!
    I haven’t joined in on the sampler yet, but might give in eventually!

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  13. karenlogcabinquilter says:

    I like the pink fabric you used for the heart block.

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  14. Deb says:

    Very pretty! Your heart looks great and those butterfly’s are adorable.

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  15. Sarah says:

    Very pretty! I’m like you where bullion stitch is concerned, I never get them right first time!

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  16. Renee says:

    Both blocks look lovely!

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  17. dezertsuz says:

    I like both of your blocks. I’d have a hard time being so light with them, but you’ve done very well!


  18. Carol Hill says:

    Is it too late to sign up for the patterns?


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