My Splendid Sampler 2

I’m trying to reduce the number of quilts I’m working on at the moment, having finished one fairly recently I still have six at various stages of construction!! Some just need quilting (hand or machine!) others need piecing and some are longer term projects such as QAL’s, waiting for the pattern to be released each month.

I was just about to start another QAL which had taken my fancy, when for once I had my sensible head on, just wait til there’s a few more finished!

I’ve two quilts waiting to be quilted, but as I’m having shoulder problems at the moment, they are just on hold at the moment, I don’t want to push it too far!

Two QAL’s are within sight of the end, so I’m concentrating on these whilst trying to keep up with my two Sarah Fielke quilts, one being pieced and one hand quilted. I’ve just two more sections to work on with my Spring Wreath quilt and my Splendid Sampler quilt also just needs a bit of a kick to get to the finish. This is where I was last time I showed you my SS quilt…

Splendid Sampler 2

Over the lat week I decided to work on my Splendid Sampler 2 quilt. This is a QAL organised by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, about 80 designers have each contributed one block, so there’s all sorts of styles. This time (as opposed to the first SS) a book was released for the last 80 blocks. It has meant I’m tending to do the ones I like (and don’t look too tricky!) rather than tackling them all. This time I’m aiming for a smaller quilt, maybe 49 blocks, to make a throw, rather than a king size quilt. I’m trying to mainly make blocks which mean something to me, this time I’ve chosen music, gardening, architecture and birds.

The first block I tackled looked easier than it was, it’s called Twice as Much, by Shruti Dandekar, it’s all about scale, I presumed when I first looked at it that it would be made from ever decreasing triangles, whereas the triangles are made from a square and two triangles. I made it slightly more difficult for my self by using different fabrics for the triangles, I liked the idea of having the same plant design in different scales on each fabric! In the end it came out OK, though it could have done with a bit more contrast.

Splendid Sampler 2

The second block was called My Little Corner by Shannon Gilman Orr, it supposed to be a little quilting cabin or studio, as I’d just got some rather pretty bird fabric I turned mine into a bird box. This was paper pieced, it went together fairly well. I was originally thinking of missing off the hexagons, but as my bottom line didn’t come out too straight I thought it could hide a multitude of sins…this only works if you don’t cover it with more sins! My hexagons leave much to be desired but in the great scheme of things it doesn’t matter!

Splendid Sampler 2

I cut out two blocks to be embroidered, thinking I could stitch them when visiting my mum. This afternoon however I just thought I’d do a little bit whilst I had a cup of coffee…and ended up stitching both of them. The musical note one is called Quilting Music by Jane Davidson, it’s bondawebbed and then blanket-stitched by hand. The stave is just a simple running stitch. The gardening block called Snail and Pail by Wendy Shepperd, it’s bondawebbed and then machine appliqued, I then hand stitched the ground and the flowers and of course the antenna on the snail.

Splendid Sampler 2

This evening I stitched another block, Precious Things by Patrina Jahnke, this one is foundation paper pieced. As it had so many pieces I decided to try and use all my fabrics in it. I arranged them all in colours and tones and then worked my way out. I didn’t want too may light ones in the middle so I left them til the end and used them for the corners. The heart was bondawebbed and blanket stitched on by hand.

Splendid Sampler 2

I’m pretty pleased with these blocks, I just need to finish sashing them and quilt them as I’m doing Quilt-as-you-go. I think I’ve made thirty blocks now.

I’ll be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, so follow the link to see more inspiring hand-stitching.

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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15 Responses to My Splendid Sampler 2

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    This looks like a lot of piecing. It is good that you are going at it slowly.


  2. kathyreeves says:

    With 30 blocks in, you are more than halfway now. The colors in this are so restful, and I really like the ones you picked to do this time. 😍


  3. katechiconi says:

    Always a good plan to get a couple of WIPs finished before you fall out of love with them! I think the Precious Things block is my favourite of all of these.


  4. The blue and gray together is such a calming and centering color palette. I really like the last block posted with the heart in the middle!


  5. MrsCraft says:

    I like the idea of the lots of pictures quilt, always a new thing to look at then 😊 The snail is just adorable.


  6. tialys says:

    Such cool colours – in more ways than one 😎
    I love the bird box especially – that fabric was a great find.


  7. Gail says:

    I have lots of WIPs right now too. Lovely blocks! They will make a great lap quilt!


  8. wybrow1966 says:

    I rather like the little bird box with the additional hexagons.


  9. Such pretty blocks! It’s a great idea to sash the blocks as you go along. I think I should do that with my embroidery blocks… thanks for the inspiration!


  10. You make me feel like a severe underachiever – ha! Continued wonderful work on this piece!


  11. tinaor says:

    Some very cute blocks there. I just remembered I have a ‘twice as much’ on one of my own quilted cushions. I think I need to reduce the number of projects I have too – but it’s so difficult when you love something about most of them even if you don’t love the whole of each of them!


  12. I like how you’ve chosen to do a monotone quilt with your SS2. Congrats on your progress!! I have the book and chosen fabrics.

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  13. CathieJ says:

    I love all those blocks. Great decision to finish some WIPs instead of starting something new.

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