Friends around the Square

8-Splendid-Sampler-Julie-Karasek-Block-multiFriends around the Square is the eighth block for The Splendid Sampler, a twice-weekly quilt along brilliantly organised by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. This time it was designed by Julie Karasek of Patched Works and it’s a lovely block, nice and straightforward, where you can concentrate on getting it as neat as possible!

Friends around the Square. The Splendid Sampler

I’ve learnt loads already on this quilt along, like spray starch is now my best friend!!  Each week the designers give us tips to help us make the blocks. Joan Ford is writing tips every week and I found a link on her site about furling, this was new to me! Furling is pressing your seams to one side so they twirl in the middle, it gives a neat, flat centre to four patch blocks. Well I followed her instructions and it worked, I’m so impressed I’m even going to show you the back of my block…isn’t that neat!

Friends around the Square. The Splendid Sampler

My seams and points are definitely improving as the weeks go by, I’m pleased with this  block, the only thing I would possibly change if I was going to do it again would be fabric choice, I think I would have used a couple of very light fabrics instead of the green ones, or at least one. However when they are all put together it balances out nicely and once the sashings are in place, it will look different again.

The 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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2 Responses to Friends around the Square

  1. quiltgranny says:

    I love how tidy your block is. They really play well together. I’m going to read the article about furling.


  2. Thimberlina says:

    They’re all looking stunning together. It’s exciting seeing it take shape. I’m 3 behind as I’ve been busy with other things but hopefully catch up this week. 😃


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