Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My latest start - The Splendid Sampler

Have you heard of The Splendid Sampler?  100 blocks designed by designers from all over the world, using a wide variety of techniques to expand your knowledge!

I actually sort-of got started, but with so much else on the go, this is simply a project for when I want to do something fun and distracting.

I completed Block 33 - Selvage Block - on June 16:

This is number 4 of 100.  So far, I have managed to make about 1 block a month. At this rate, I'll be finished in 8 1/3 years!
I am quilting as I go, and this block has now been sashed and quilted, but I forgot to take a picture!
The first block I did was #3 - Lots of Love.  This one is sashed and quilted.  This one is a corner block, so the sashing is complete on the top and left hand side (and the right for that matter - I screwed up and made a full sash instead of a partial.

(Pardon the lighting - it was nighttime in late February!)
The third block completed was #5 - Simple Simon, also sashed and quilted.  this one is also destined for the top row, but I have to figure out a method of adding my sashings so that I have room to work on them even after quilted. I think moving forward I am going to put two rows of the sashing on the top and left-sides, and one row on the bottom and right.  When they are sewn together, they will form a complete sashing (by the way, the sashing finishes at 1 1/2"..)
I have also completed Block # 6 - Focus Point, and quilted it with more than stitch-in-the ditch.  I don't have a picture handy, but will post it on my next update!
Stats: Splendid Sampler - started Feb. 28, 2016
4/100 blocks completed by June 16/16 (Blocks 3, 5, 6 and 33)
3 blocks cut and ready for sewing (#1, 2, and 8)
2 blocks hand-sewing in process (#7 and 36)
Fabric used: various '30s reproduction fabrics collected over last 7 years
Moda Bella off-white 9900-200 for background and sashing, estimate 2 metres will be needed)
Backing: garage sale find, approx. 3 yards (will have to mix in some solids or other prints) 

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