The Possibly Not So Splendid Sampler!

splendid_button_TMI’ve started making ‘The Splendid Sampler’ mystery quilt, every Sunday and Thursday a new block design is released and thousands of us scurry round trying to make it. It’s free and it’s a great way to learn new skills and push your limits…and boy it’s been pushing mine!!!

At the end of last week there were quite a few mutterings about the sizes of the blocks, 1 1/2″ square was pretty fiddly to make all those fluttering butterflies…then Sundays pattern was released…3-Splendid-Sampler-Pat-Sloan-Block-multi

Block three is called Lots of Love, it’s made up of one big heart and five little ones and it’s designed to represent the people you love in your life. Many people made it very personal with family members choosing their own fabrics, different numbers of hearts, lots of variations. As we have four children between us I decided to make it with two pink hearts for myself and Helen, three green hearts for the boys and a big green heart for my wonderful OH.

With block three the pieces got even smaller!!! Twenty 1″ squares were required for the little hearts..1″…one sneeze and they’d be gone…never to be seen again!! There were a few suggestions on facebook as to how to cope with such tiny pieces and one was to use plenty of spray starch, I had some on the shelf so I grabbed it and pretty much drowned the squares in starch!!! They were like paper afterwards, I used a sheet of paper as a pressing cloth (my silk organza cloth is hiding at the moment!) and they all stuck to the paper, it was actually quite useful as I knew they weren’t going to fall anywhere and they stayed put when I had to draw a line on them. I  just clipped them off as I needed them! So I can strongly recommend spray starch, they were much easier to sew and didn’t lose their shape.


Having said that, my blocks still left a lot to be desired at the halfway mark, decidedly wonky! I’ve since found a great blog called Bits from the Scrap Basket, Elisa is making the Splendid Sampler and she describes a different method of putting together the hearts which looks like it could be easier (to get a good finish) I wished I’d seen it earlier, I’ve saved it for future reference and I’m following her for future tips and suggestions!!


I pressed my hearts and put them through the die cutter to square them up as best I could and then stitched them together with a very scant 1/4″ seam in places! My finished block measures 6 1/2″ …mostly, with the occasional deviation! I’m hoping it won’t be as noticeable when it’s among 99 other blocks!





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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6 Responses to The Possibly Not So Splendid Sampler!

  1. Thimberlina says:

    Liking your matching fussy cut bunnies, are they going to be popping up in other blocks too? I found the second one easier with my 6″ square 😀


  2. Hila says:

    Its looking good! If you hadnt mentioned the wonkiness I wouldnt have had to look for it – I still couldnt see it 😃. How lovely that this square represents your loving family, it will be a wonderful quilt. I will be watching/cheering you and Ali from the sidelines😘.

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  3. quiltgranny says:

    I also had some issues with block 3 while making it. Thanks for sharing this method. I may make a third attempt at this block, or I may just leave it. Mine measures 6.5 inches bit hearts are not quite lined up. Sigh.

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  4. Hi, I’m new to WordPress, and blogging but I love crafting and am a bit of a beginner when it comes to patchwork and quilting…..I love seeing the work others do, and it all looks great to me…I’m in the middle of doing some english paper piecing and i’m really enjoying how portable it is! I’m always out and about, and I like to have something with me at all times….Lol

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