We’re about two thirds of the way through Splendid Sampler now and I think I’ve just got three blocks left to embroider with my Anderson’s Farm quilt as I’ve two on the shelf untouched and I’m expecting one in the post pretty soon. I’m beginning to get itchy feet to start an embroidery project I can get my teeth into..
I know quilts are a pretty big project (well three big projects actually!!) but I seem to have spent the last six months stitching lots of little blocks, I’m missing the continuity and progress of bigger embroidery projects…I’ve a couple planned but I’ve decided to concentrate on finishing the Anderson Farm quilt and let the Splendid Sampler take second place for a while. My third quilt-a-long is just waiting it’s final block.
As it is I’m pretty much up to date with the Splendid Sampler. Whilst I was decorating cakes (and rooms) they were perfect little evening projects when I just had an hour or two to spare;
This pretty embroidered one kept me quiet during a long hospital appointment! It’s designed by Fiona Ransey and called ‘Hearts and Flowers’ The instructions called for chainstitch round the heart and back-stitch for everything else, but an example by Lynette Anderson used blanket stitch, I rather liked the effect so that’s how I stitched it. I used a variegated DMC thread for the whole block which did make life easier!
This block by Heidi Kaisand is called Hen and Chicks but I decided mine is Flamingo and chicks, I like the cleanness and simplicity of this block. However it wasn’t quite so simple to make as the instructions used lots of triangles with all the inherent problems of stretch that they can cause. I treated myself to a bottle of Best Press at the Quilt Show last month, it came in very useful with this block!
This one is called Traveller by Pat Sloan, she’s one of the organisers of the whole project. It was nice to have a fairly simple quick block.
‘Circle of Friendship’ by Michele Muska was a bit of a challenge, particularly as all the pieces had to be cut from a template. What I like about this block though is that I’ve managed to include nearly all my fabrics.I was really pleased with how this one came out.
This is the latest block, it’s called ‘The Icing on the Cake’ It’s just waiting to be embroidered now.
I’ve been trying to decide which fabric to use to join the QAYG blocks together. I took photographs of four blocks on different fabrics, green, blue and cream. I put them on facebook to see what people thought, blue seems to be the favourite by a long stretch. If I use this blue I think I’ll have to get a bit more, just to make sure I’ve got enough! What do you think?