The Splendid Sampler; Local Quilt Shop

9-Splendid-Sampler-Pat-Sloan-Block-multiJane Davidson of Quilt Jane is the designer of The Splendid Sampler‘s latest challenge, she’s one of the organizer’s too and her block is really sweet, not too taxing either, once I’d sorted colours out!

Sunday’s block is a picture of a quilt shop, so it’s a lovely design to personalize. I waited a couple of days before stitching mine to see how others worked their fabrics, getting a bit of inspiration for the embroidery along the way. I still don’t find it easy to work out which colours to use, so facebook is great for getting ideas!

Local Quilt Shop

Local Quilt Shop

I was tempted to use the fabric with birds on for the sky, but I decided they were too closely spaced, it could look like a scene from a certain horror movie!! I settled for the cream with a faint pattern that could look like clouds instead, much safer!

For the walls I fussy-cut some fabric, hoping it looks a bit like hanging baskets and flower beds. The doors are 1″ square, I embroidered the ‘Open’ sign to try to make it look a bit taller. However by chance, I found some cotton in my scrap box for the doors and window which had a checked pattern which looked a bit like window frames, on the doors it had the effect of visually narrowing them.

The Splendid Sampler

I embroidered the sign but still felt it needed a little something, I rummaged round in my button box and found these tiny blue buttons, I think they must have come in a mixed bag, I certainly don’t remember buying such tiny ones, to give you an idea of just how small they are, just remember that the centre square is 1″ across…mmm tiny!!

We’ve now stitched nine blocks, so we’re nearly a tenth of the way there, 91 to go!! Next block is released tomorrow…

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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