Saturday, April 30, 2016

More Blocks and A Blog Hop in June

22 blocks of the Splendid Sampler are completed. Each block is only 6 1/2" square, but put all together they make an impressive mosaic. I am doing this QAL from scraps, so it will be a random, colorful look to the quilt when it is finished sometime next year. I like it so far!

I will show you details of the three last blocks.

Here is the most time consuming one, Nature's Walk by Vicki Tucek. It is all hand embroidered, and it took me more than two days to finish! This is the kind of embroidery I did when I was a young girl, with lots of satin stitching. It turned out lovely!

After the 20th block it was a blessing to do some simple piecing. This is Sweet Candy by Kris Thurgood. It is really sweet with the cute hearts and the tiny floral background against the black and white candy wrapper.

The latest block of the Splendid Sampler is Goose on the Loose by Amy Smart, a paper pieced block. This one was fun, but I have to admit that there were a few seams I had to unpick during the construction of the block. But, it is nice to be challenged and have to get out of your comfort zone!

I am also making progress on a second QAL, that is the Modern HST Sampler hosted by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts. These blocks are 12 1/2" square, and are all about HSTs. These are the lastest three blocks that have been published. I am making my blocks from Good Neighbors fabric by Amanda Jean Nyberg, with a light aqua as the background. Eight blocks are made so far.

I am also up to date on my BeeHive blocks, but here I can't show this month's block, yet. It has a long way to travel to the other side of the world (almost), but I will show it when it has reached its destination.

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I have also joined a Blog Hop that will be launched in June, Opposites Attract, logo is on my sidebar. The blog hop is hosted by Marian of Seams to be Sew.

I am in the process of choosing fabrics and designs for my project(s), and I can promise it will be interesting! Will show you more later...

Monday, April 25, 2016

Steady Progress on the Splendid Sampler blocks

The first 18 Splendid Sampler blocks in a group picture.

If you want to join the fun, the link to the 20 blocks (published so far) can be found on  here. There are 80 more blocks to be published, twice a week. All details on the Splendid Sampler site.

The 6 1/2" blocks are by various designers, and lots of different techniques are used to make them.

Block 19, Measure Twice, Cut Once is designed by Jane Davidson. I can assure you that the hand embroidery on the measuring tape took a lot of time...

Block 20 is also an embroidery project, also a time consuming one, I guess it will take me 2 days to finish it by hand...

At least block 21 is a simple, pieced one! I enjoy the project, though, and it will become a great, scrappy quilt in the end!

Keep on quilting!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

2016 Finish-A-Long - My List for Q2

For the first quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long I reached two of my four goals. This quarter I hope for at least one more.  Here are my four goals:

My first goal is to add a border to this baby quilt, quilt it and put a fancy binding on it. The baby in question is due May 1st, so I have to keep up speed to get it finished!

Goal #2 is to get this table runner, or skinny, quilted and bound. I pieced this one during the All-In-A-Row QAL hosted by Martingale earlier this spring. I never managed to get it quilted, though. Now is the time to finish this skinny designed by Barbara Brackman.

Goal #3 is to transform this jelly roll of Ambleside by Brenda Riddle into a stunning lap quilt using a tutorial by Stacey Day.

And again, I am putting up Love Squared as my 4th and last goal. I hope I will get time to complete the quilt this time, but I will be happy if I only get to piece the quilt top.

2016 FAL

See the lists for the other participants here.

Keep on quilting!