Happy Happy and Anderson’s Farm

4-Splendid-Sampler-Pat-Sloan-Block-multiThe fourth block for the Splendid Sampler is called Happy Happy and I have to say, I’m really happy with mine! When it was released on Thursday I was somewhat concerned by the tiny applique circles and yes, they are as small as they look! I decided that if I prevaricated a little longer, someone would come up trumps with an easier way to do them…and they did!

Charise posted a tutorial on her blog which makes it so much easier, gathering the circle round a card template, pressing it and then removing the card before stitching it on. It worked a treat, I think I might use that technique for other small shapes in the future.

Happy Happy

Happy Happy

I fussycut the circles and then appliqued them on by hand. I read somewhere recently that it’s better to match your thread to the background but I found it easier to match the thread to the appliqued item. I added a length of vintage broderie anglais along the top of the vase. I back-stitched the stems with stranded cotton and decided to add a running stitch around each flower to give the suggestion of foliage and also so it didn’t look so lollipop-ish!

Splendid Sampler

I have finally started my third BOM, this is the one I was particularly excited about as it’s the latest one from Lynette Anderson, it’s called Anderson’s Farm. I’ve loved her work since I first saw Journey of a Quilter. I’ll get instructions each month for a block together with a decorative button. This months has three parts to it, a little 4 1/2″ square block called hen and chicks, an appliqued and embroidered heart and an applique of a farm with embroidered trees and mushrooms. After much thought I decided to buy a pack of the required fabrics from Coast and Country and I’m so glad I did, the fabrics are perfect, I decided to use my stash  for the embroidery threads though, just using DMC threads instead

Anderson's Farm

I’ve stitched the two smaller blocks first. I have to say that if I hadn’t been stitching the little blocks for the Splendid Sampler there is no way it would have turned out so neat. I’m well chuffed with it, the practice with tiny pieces has paid off!

I tried using  chalk paper for transferring the embroidered design without much success. I’m hoping it’s because I was trying to transfer onto a dark grey, but as I was using the white chalk paper I was hoping it would work. In the end I drew it by hand with a chalk pencil. I’m hoping the paper will work better for the farmhouse.

Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday and Super Mom No Cape for Vintage Embroidery Monday, why not have a look what everyone else has been stitching?


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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13 Responses to Happy Happy and Anderson’s Farm

  1. quiltgranny says:

    Love this. You have such a good eye.

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  2. Deborah says:

    Oh I do like this block I can see why it was titled Happy Happy, its such a lovely piece, and I love the background fabric too. Eveything about this block says Happy.

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  3. Jill says:

    Your version of Happy Happy looks great! I love your addition of lace at the top of the vase.


  4. Those blocks are just lovely 🙂

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  5. Trisha says:

    Very pretty block.

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  6. That’s just sooo pretty!

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  7. Thimberlina says:

    I love your happy happy block! And I wish I’d seen the tutorial for the circles, I’ll remember for next time! 🙂

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  8. Renee says:

    Beautiful work!

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  9. cajunquilter says:

    What a great idea to add the lace. I am collecting the patterns and one day will make the quilt.

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  10. dezertsuz says:

    Love your running stitches outlining the flowers. It really adds something special to them. Nice fussy cutting, too. The small block looks very well done!


  11. ccmercer1982 says:

    Very pretty! I’m loving seeing these quilting blocks in my newsfeed 🙂


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