A Few of my Favourite Things

Apologies if you’re now humming the Sound of Music song! I’ve been making steady progress over the month with my Splendid Sampler quilt, I’ve made five blocks and tonight I finally got them all quilted.

This BOM is organised by Pat Sloan and Jane Davison, there are over 80 designers around the world who have each contributed one block. There’s 100 blocks altogether but I’m just planning to do maybe 49, for a 7 by 7 quilt. I bought the book so I can pick and choose which ones I wanted to stitch.

Pat suggested stitching ones which mean something to you, I thought that was a lovely idea so that’s what I’m doing.

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Adventure Abounds is a block by Kitty Wilkin, as soon as I saw it this block was on my list of ones to stitch. With mountains and a tree it was perfect to represent my love of walking in the countryside. It was pretty straightforward to make, it’s foundation paper pieced, which I like doing now. I got a bit carried away with the quilting, sort of echoing the mountains so the tree sits on a hill, I quilted a free motion tree over the top of the pieced tree, likewise a heart over the pieced heart. I’m pretty pleased with this one.

Splendid Sampler 2

Get to the Point is a block by Rhonda Pierce, as she says, a sewing machine needle is neither sexy nor glamorous, but it’s a sewing essential. This block was also foundation paper pieced. I kept the quilting fairly simple with mainly stitch in the ditch.

Splendid Sampler 2

I rarely say no to a cup of tea, especially if it’s a cup of Yorkshire Tea! This bloc is by Pat Sloan, it’s appliqued with bondaweb and embroidered around. I did a bit of free motion quilting on this one, trying to echo the embroidered steam lines. I added the pretty checked ric-rac round the cup instead of an extra bit of applique. It looked really good until the iron singed it a little! I still like it though!

Splendid Sampler 2

Summer Reading is designed by Heather Givens. I love books, even after a pretty major cull I still have about fifteen shelves of books, I’ve got three shelves overflowing just with sewing books! This was made with traditional piecing and I just quilted in the ditch, nice and simple.

Splendid Sampler 2

This design made me smile, it’s called Piece in Chaos by Betsy Chutchian. She describes how her love of quilting centres around her love of fabric. She loves the excitement of starting a new project by sorting through her stash for the perfect colour and prints. The title to me describes my sewing room! The piecing isn’t perfect on this one with a few points and juctions a little off, I quilted this one along the diagonals and across the middle, basically extending out the centre pinwheel.

So I’ve made twenty five blocks now, I put them up on my design wall in no particular order, I’m really pleased with them, it’s coming together nicely. I’m just over half way if I’m aiming for a seven block square quilt, my collection of fabrics for this quilt is going down somewhat, I’m hoping not to have to buy any, so we’ll just have to see how it lasts out, there may be some strange colour choices towards the end!

Splendid Sampler 2

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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14 Responses to A Few of my Favourite Things

  1. kathyreeves says:

    I really like the selection of blocks there, and the blue gray color scheme is so restful. ❀️

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  2. claire93 says:

    love your colour palette!

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  3. Laura says:

    This is coming along nicely! I like the idea of choosing blocks that mean something personal!

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  4. My very first thought when I saw all the blocks together was OMGoodness this is going to be so gorgeous!

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  5. katechiconi says:

    It’s a very Margaret colour scheme πŸ™‚ Fingers crossed with the fabrics, you don’t want to be introducing new ones with only 4 or 5 blocks to go. It’s looking fun, and I love your block choices.

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  6. tialys says:

    Love them all but the teacup has to be my favourite.

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  7. nanacathy2 says:

    I love the tea cup. This is going to be really lovely.

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  8. “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
    Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
    Brown paper packages tied up with strings
    These are a few of my favorite things…”
    Nope your post did not get this song playing in my head (smile)
    Your blocks and color palette are amazing!

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  9. wybrow1966 says:

    Great selection – I particularly like the elephant, bird and of course the cup of tea!

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  10. mandycurrie says:

    Margaret the blocks are lovely and your colours, I may just have to buy the book after all. Kind regards Mandy xx

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  11. This is a fantastic idea – personally I love the bird, elephant, books, teacup and walking up that hill. Hope the fabric lasts and the colour way is perfect.

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