Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Flights of Friendship block

Today's block is made up of 1" finished squares!!  Such fun hanging onto and aligning those small pieces! LOL  At least I simplified the HSTs by using the strip tube method.

Flights of Friendship
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Balls in the Air block

This is Sunday's block, a paper pieced one.  There are tiny slivers of 4 different neutral fabrics on top/bottom and left/right.  Hope you can see them.  Not a really hard block, but I'm not the fastest at paper piecing!

Balls in the Air
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Vintage Flower Basket

Decided to do the applique process by embroidery machine.  Not that it's that much faster, but less tedious.  Digitizing goes pretty fast for me as long as I keep things fairly simple.  Trimming the appliques in the hoop is a bit tedious, but not so much as machine sewing around each little curvy applique.  And the machine can sew the applique much faster than I can manually. 

Here's my embroidery machine walkin' and talkin' for me with today's Vintage Flower Basket.
Vintage Flower Basket
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Dashing By Chocolate block

Who knows how the designers come up with these block names! LOL  Instructions picture showed a brown center.....

This is my rendition of Sunday's block.
Dashing by Chocolate
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Friday, June 17, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Inchy Hexagon Club block

42 tiny hexagon templates to make and cut out?  42 tiny hexagon fabric pieces to cut out, hand stitch around the seam allowances, painstakingly press over the templates and THEN hand sew them together to make a 6.5" flower ring block??!!!!  I think not!  Open my embroidery software?  I think so! 

So here is my rendition of the Inchy Hexagon Club block.

Inchy Hexagon Club
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Monday, June 13, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - The Wishful Garden

Hand embroidery again.  Nope, I used decorative stitches on my machine.  I spent more time playing with stitches than it took to put together this little block!  Finally a block with large enough pieces to use this stripe fabric!  The stitch stacked strips are 1" wide finished.  I fray checked the ends like crazy before trimming.  Will need to take extra care with this block until it gets sewn into the top.
The Wishful Garden
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Lemonade

Thursday's block.  Didn't take long to make it, just had to get around to it!   Finished just in time to get tomorrow's block! Ha!  I have more of a limeade rather than a lemonade center.
Lemonade
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

My Secret Garden - June BOM

It was nice working on a big block for a change!  It's a 16.5" unfinished block.  Name of this one is Halifax Public Gardens, Canada.

June - Halifax Public Gardens, Canada
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Cottage Romance - Jacobs Ladder Blocks

Got the 8 blocks sewn and decided I needed to get a picture of the progress so far.  Looking good!  The truest colors are at the far right of the picture.  Next will be the corner blocks and then I'll sew this center section together before continuing with the next round of blocks.

Sections 1 & 2
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Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Selvage Savers

I'm not a selvage saver.  I know I'd never use them.  And along comes this block.  It was to be made using selvages.  Oh well! haha   One of these days I'm going to sit down and start sewing strip blocks and use up some of my stash.  One of these days....  I've seen some very pretty strip quilts.

Here is today's strip block.
Selvage Savers
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Cottage Romance

Working on the second set of blocks now.  Did a test block and it was just fine (hanging on the wall).  So now I'm ready to sew all the pieces into blocks.  Loving these colors.  Hard to see, but the white in the 4-patch is a tone on tone leaf vein and the larger triangles are aqua dots.

Second set of blocks
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The Splendid Sampler - The Constant Needle

This was Thursday's block.  In my world, the needle is the sewing machine needle! My block was fused and machine appliqued.
The Constant Needle
Now that this is behind me, I can return to the Cottage Romance quilt.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Matthew's Block - Bonus

We got a bonus block this morning.  So I thought I'd just whip it out real quick before getting back to work on the Cottage Romance Quilt.  Ha, I say...HA!!  48 little pieces later....and I didn't put all the strips around the center block....and it's mid-afternoon, but I've finished this little 6.5" block!   Since I didn't put all the pieces in the center section, I over compensated and made the center section a little too large.  So I trimmed it down and lost the true HSTs, but I rather like the look of those small dark points!
Matthew's Block - Bonus
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