My Splendid Sampler journey is drawing to a close, the last one will be published on Sunday, then I’ve just got to put it all together! Over the last couple of days I’ve caught up, so I’m just embroidering block number 98, but these are the ones I’ve finished;
The first one I tackled I had been putting off for a couple of weeks, it’s a paper pieced block by April Rosenthal. It’s called ‘Tiny Miracles’, April says ‘Quilting and Motherhood are inexorably connected for me, and I can’t help but see a parallel between taking small pieces of fabric and creating something beautiful, and helping tiny lives build themselves into the magnificent people they are meant to be. These little ones, these Tiny Miracles, they are my Sun, my Moon, and my Stars. This block is a representation of the miracles in my life, my little ones, and the love, friendship, and joy quilting has brought me.’
I love foundation paper piecing now, but it still does cause a bit of trepidation before I start, hence the procrastination! I’ve found it’s no good doing paper piecing when your tired, I became well acquainted with my stitch ripper when one piece took three attempts to get it right…I decided it was time to go to bed! I think with paper piecing there are too many things to concentrate on, whether it’s big enough, the right way round, lined up with the right seam, stitching the right seam, flat…all sorts of things can go wrong if your mind wanders!
I eventually finished it the next morning, I’m pleased with it, my only niggle is that due to pattern placement one of the teal pin wheel points disappears into the background, but I think I’m getting picky in my old age!!
The next block I tackled was nice and straight forward, it’s a really pretty block called First Purse by Di Mill. Isn’t it sweet! A purse was one of the first things she made as a child. It sounds like she had a mum just like mine…’My Mother was an only child and her mother didn’t sew or craft at all. I have always been in awe of how Mum taught herself to sew, knit, crochet – whatever she wanted to learn, she found a way of achieving that skill. Mum made all of my clothes and pyjamas when I was young. I can remember helping pick out the fabric for my dress and then waiting excitedly for Mum to finish sewing it. ‘
I chose pretty pink fabrics for this one and fussy cut a couple of birds too, the buttons at the top will be stitched on once I’ve quilted the block. I love this one!
Sunshine is the name of the next block. I love reading the inspiration behind the blocks, quite a few are about family, this one is designed by Kim Niedzwieki, she says ‘It was inspired from a simple sweet pencil pouch I made for my daughter,Katy. Every year I make an new pouch for her and wanted to create something to make her smile when she would see it. She is my little bit of sunshine, so it is a sunshine block’
The hardest part of this block was choosing the colours. The centre was easy as it’s the nearest I’ve got to yellow sunshine, there is a touch of yellow on two of them, the others are cream. In the end I decided on blues in the corners and greens along the sides. It was pretty straight forward to make and I’m pleased with how the colours have come out.
The final one in this group is by Cheryl Arkison and this one is called In the Sunshine. It’s a flag fluttering in the breeze. I picked blue fabrics for the background and I decided to make the flag my label for the quilt, so I’ve embroidered the name of the quilt, my initials and the date.
With just two left to make I’m up to date with sashing all the blocks and I’ve started sandwiching and quilting them all…making good progress!