Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Blossoming

Today's block was to be another hand embroidery.  So I digitized it.  Tried first to do a auto-digitize for redwork.  I didn't like the end result, so I manually digitized the design.  It was also shown in colors as well as one and I went with one color - a pale blue on a dark blue fabric..  So here's my  version of the Blossoming block.

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Cottage Romance Quilt

Ever since I saw the 6-part quilt in McCall's Quilting Magazine, January/February 2015, I knew this was what I wanted to make for the new (at that time) queen bed in the guest room.  About that time, Connecting Threads introduced a new collection of fabrics called Luminesense.  I ordered and it's been sitting waiting on me.  I've finally begun!  Yay!!!

Here is the quilt as pictured in McCall's Quilting.  It measures 95.5" x 95.5" finished.
Magazine picture
This is the fabric.
Fabric from Connecting Threads
Here is my EQ7 design using the Luminescence fabric.
EQ7 Image
And here is the center section completed!!  Whup! Whup!  It measures 25.5" x 25.5".

So far, I'm loving working on this!

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Simple Surprises

Today's block was an easy one to piece.  Went together fast!  Hardest part was choosing which fabrics to use!

Simple Surprises
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Scrappy Happy Heart

Sunday's block was another paper pieced block, much easier than the previous paper pieced block!  Here's my scrappy heart.
Scrappy Happy Heart
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Spendid Sampler - Stitching Fashion

This little paper pieces block was actually quite challenging!  It was give to use as one block rather than individual sections.  So we had to remember to allow for seam allowances.  Ooops!  Me? Forget a seam allowance??  Yep!! haha

Stitching Fashion
My sewing background was mainly clothing for many many years, so this little block brought back memories of making my own clothes back in the day.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Spendid Sampler - Sewing Machine

With this block, I'm caught up until Thursday.  This was a fast & fun applique, all done on the machine using a zigzag around the fused edges.

Sewing Machine
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Monday, May 16, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Dreaming of Dresdens

These were tiny Dresden paddles!  I machine appliqued these pieces and decided not to put the stems between the center circle radiating out to the small circles. Fun little block.

Dreaming of Dresdens
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Shopping Cart Cover

My son and girlfriend had never heard of a shopping cart cover!  What??!!!  After seeing pictures, they wanted one and I volunteered to make it.  There are lots of free instructions out there, but I chose this one mainly because it has a printable pattern.

I used pink fleece on the underside and a pretty floral on top for our 7 mo. granddaughter.  Since I didn't have a shopping cart at my house and wasn't about to run to Walmart or a grocery store just to take a picture.....I rigged up something using boxes and a foot stool!  And since I have no cute babies at my house, I had to dig in my fall decor storage to find this Mr. Raggedy Andy that I pull out each year. 

Shopping Cart Cover
It'll be shipped out next week on it's way to Washington, DC.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Bonus Block

This bonus block is called Derby Day in honor of the Kentucky Derby.  It was to be a hat with a heart on it.  Well, I didn't want to make a hat for my quilt.  Instead I decided to leave off the heart and turn it into a pincushion.  Hmmmm....looks more like a space ship!   So here's my Derby Day Pincushion Space Ship block!!!
Derby Day
The applique was sewn using my sewing machine.  I used decorative stitches from my machine to fancy up the plain blue hat band and chose one 'flower-ish' stitch for the pin head.  Yep, sew one small flower, change thread colors, sew another small flower, change thread colors......

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The Splendid Sampler - Sunday Best

This is my interpretation of Sunday's block, Sunday Best.  The original had a rabbit dressed in a vest holding one tulip with leaves.  I'm not a rabbit or bunny fan, so I added more tulips and created a little bird dressed in a tie.  I used stitches from my machine after fusing the pieces in place.

Sunday Best
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Inspector Sidekick

This is the block from last Thursday.  I'm a bit behind once again, which is so easy with 2 blocks coming out a week...for me anyway!  The original used HSTs to make the geese block.  I chose to make my geese blocks more traditional.

So here's Inspector Sidekick

Inspector Sidekick
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Hand in Hand

This little block is 3-D!  The dark blue fabric is folded and sandwiched in between two strips of background fabric then sewn.  When opened and pressed, the folded fabric becomes the point with open sides.  We had a template to use to cut the shape from our points fabrics.  Fun!  I have a pattern for making 3-D flying geese with this fold and sew method, but have never gotten around to making it.  Hmmm....this might get those juices going!  We'll see! LOL

Here is the 6.5" block, Hand in Hand.
Hand in Hand
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Monday, May 2, 2016

My Secret Garden BOM - May's Block

Pinwheels and more pinwheels!!  This is Hershey Park, PA, block 5.  Since there are 48 HSTs, I used the strip tube method.  So fast and easy!  And the cuts are spot on as far as the size.  Great method when needing a lot of identical HSTs.
Hershey Park, PA - April Block 5
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Just for You Bonus Block

Finally got this one finished.  I made it so much harder on myself than it needed to be.  I wanted finished edges to applique down, so I thought...why not just sew a fusible to the back and turn right sides out?  Easy, right?  Should have been, but no....I decided to use a very fine, no backing fusible which, even if the pieces were larger, would have made turning more difficult.  So I procrastinated...a lot! haha

Here is the, I think the FIRST, bonus block!  Named Just for You.

Just for You
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