Gran’s Button Jar

91-splendid-sampler-lynette-block-multiGran’s Button Jar is block 91 of My Splendid Sampler quilt, it’s designed by Lynette Anderson. I really like her work, it was Lynette that designed the other BOM I stitched last year, Anderson’s Farm, so I was looking forward to seeing her design. I wasn’t disappointed!

Isn’t it cute! Her instructions called for needleturn applique, I must admit I looked at the size of the button jar lid and chickened out, I embroidered it all instead. I chose a variegated DMC thread in shades of light blue, purple and ivory on a creamy background, I thought the swirly ivory pattern would echo the loops in the thread…or am I getting too arty-farty!! I’m not sure if it’s the wrong choice of thread or the wrong background, either way I don’t think it stands out enough. Having said that, it’s very pretty, it’s done and it’s not getting done again! To give you an idea of size, this centre square of embroidery is 4″ square, it is then surrounded by 1/2″ strips to make the 6″ finished block.

The Splendid Sampler

I’m adding buttons to the design, at the moment they are just laid on, I’ll stitch them on once I’ve quilted the block. The cotton reel buttons are a fraction too big for the bird, so he is sitting on my reel rather than standing on it! I’m not sure where the tiny buttons came from but they are seriously minuscule, I found them in the bottom of my button box, they are just over 1/4″ across!

As you can see I’ve already sashed my block, just nine left to make, three are already published so I’m hoping to catch up this week.

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a celebration of all things hand-stitched, why not have a look what everyone else has been creating.

My 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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11 Responses to Gran’s Button Jar

  1. Kate says:

    Your block is very pretty. Like you I’d chicken out with the teeny, tiny applique pieces. About the thread and swirly design – I think you’re second guessing yourself too much …. it looks lovely just the way it is. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. claire93 says:

    Lovely and your special buttons are perfect

    Liked by 1 person

  3. CurlsnSkirls says:

    It’s darling work ~ you’ve done well!
    (I’d not have wanted to do the quilting either!)


  4. CathieJ says:

    I like your pretty block. I love that you embroidered it rather than applique.


  5. Sarah says:

    Very pretty. I like the thread!


  6. Thimberlina says:

    It’s gorgeous! I can’t wait to see you splendid sampler finished, not long now! 😀


  7. Gail says:

    I love the effect that the variegated thread gives to your work!


  8. kathyreeves says:

    I am really excite to see your finished quilt with its restful color way. It is so pretty!


  9. Faby Reilly says:

    This is just gorgeous 🙂 !!!


  10. Debbierose says:

    This nlock is very cute, adorable buttons


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