Splendid Sampler 2

I’ve got a bit behind with my Splendid Sampler blocks, this is one reason why they are listed on my Nineteen for 19 challenge. I just looked and it was October when I last posted any photos! I’d made sixteen at that point.

The Splendid Sampler 2 is a quilt-a-long organised by Pat Sloan and Jane Davison. I did the first SS quilt and loved it, two blocks a week and lots of camaraderie on facebook. This time only the first twenty blocks were free, then you had to buy the book for the other 80 blocks. I bought the book in the autumn and it’s pretty much sat there since! Somehow there isn’t the same camaraderie which keeps you going on a big project like this.

When I read the introduction Pat did come up with a very good suggestion. Make it a personal quilt with blocks that mean something to you. I was never planning to do all 100 blocks, I want a throw size this time, maybe 49 or 64. I’ve looked through the patterns and chosen ones that relate to me, so all the sewing ones are in! There’s also a music one, mountains, countryside, flowers and books all feature in different blocks. After that I’ll do the ‘general’ blocks I like!

Just before Christmas I did manage to embroider one of the blocks, but I didn’t quite get it sashed and quilted to show you. Over the weekend I had a good session in the sewing room and managed to complete another four blocks;

Splendid Sampler 2

The sewing one is a design by Pat herself, I embroidered it in a soft blue variegated thread, it’s just back-stitch and french knots. I was a bit wary of quilting it, I’m always a bit more apprehensive on blocks I really like! In the end I quilted round the flowers, stitched a wavy line round to the next flower and quilted the word sew across the centre. I deliberately didn’t try and match the embroidery as I didn’t want to stitch over the embroidery too much.

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I also finished the fruit bowl block by Jo Avery. This hasn’t come out as well as I hoped, the applique circles are a bit cornered! However the advantage of this is that I was a bit more adventurous with my quilting! I made a sort of figure of 8 pattern along the edge of the basket (I think mine looks more like a fruit basket!) and then quilted a petal shape on the sides of the basket. The fruit was all stitched in the ditch and then a swirl added in each circle.

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The First Aid block by Jane Davidson is about wear and tear of quilts and mending these treasures. As a nurse for me it’s more about emergency first aid and the work I do each week. I quilted this one fairly simply with some extra crosses.

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The last block I tackled was called Nancy’s Spool, it was designed by the late Nancy Zieman. It’s a lovely simple block of a spool of thread. I quilted it in the ditch but I also added a pattern down the centre, in calligraphy I would call it a flourish! I thought it would look a bit like the criss-cross pattern you get on a spool of thread.

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I’ve made twenty blocks now, I arranged them on my design wall and I have to say they look pretty good!

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Twenty nine to go…

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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13 Responses to Splendid Sampler 2

  1. katechiconi says:

    I think the tree is my favourite, second from the top on the far left. It’s going to be a lovely quilt 🙂

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  2. What a beautiful project, love the variety and that elephant is fab! 🤗

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  3. Pauline says:

    It looks lovely. I love the grey fabric you have used in the fruit bowl block.

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  4. Both splendid samplers are such great quilts and I really enjoy reading amd seeing your progress on it 😀

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  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    It is coming along. Well done.

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  6. So soft and comforting – love the gray and blue!

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    They are looking really good, Margaret! Still six inches?

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  8. claire93 says:

    I thought your fruit bowl was a bowl of ice cream – which is a lot more yummy in my opinion!


  9. Well this looks SPLENDID! Your muted palette of grays and blues are wonderful!

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  10. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, this quilt is beautiful, I think it’s also your colour choices. I’m very tempted to buy the book myself, it would extend and challenge my piecing and quilting skills a lot. What an inspiration you are with your projects. Kind regards Mandy xx

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