Earlier this year I shared the news that I'm blessed to be one of 82 designers across the globe participating in the creation of 100 free blocks for The Splendid Sampler project.
This incredible venture was the brainchild of fellow Aussie designer, Jane Davidson (Jane was a guest on my blog last year and you can read that post here), and world renowned American quilter, Pat Sloan.
Have you been following along with the blocks?
I've seen them all and they are gorgeous!
So far 12 of the 100 blocks have been shared, but you won't get to see or make mine until the very end of May. I'd love to show you a peek, but I'd best not, after all patience is a virtue.
(I suppose that's easy for me to say when I have those 100 block patterns already, right?)
If I had time up my sleeve I'd be sewing all 100, but as my spare hours are limited I've decided to choose a handful of blocks that represent things I enjoy in life and make them into a mini quilt or wall hanging.
Today we had a quiet day at home and while Mr E was pottering around doing various bits and pieces, I sat down with a cuppa, chose fabrics and threads, printed up the pattern sheets, and spent a few delightful hours making my first two Splendid Sampler blocks.
I'm using fabrics from a bundle of old Lecien "Retro 30's Child Smile" which I bought a while ago through Etsy. All the blocks finish at 6½” and these fabrics have a small design, perfect for little patchwork pieces or applique shapes.
The first block I made was Jane Davidson's "Local Quilt Shoppe".
It had a little bit of hand embroidery as well as patchwork and is very cute indeed...
The second block was Jen Kingwell's "Happy Happy" and it certainly did make me
happy to stitch it!
I used a Tilda striped fabric for the flower pot and fussy cut my flower circles...
Have I inspired you to sew along with The Splendid Sampler?
I intend sewing a few more blocks over the Easter break, and may even re-make my own Splendid block in thread colours to blend with these fabric.
(Did you get that hint? My block is all embroidery!)
Hubby and I decided to take a 'holiday at home' so we're choosing to relax over these four days by pottering around, taking our cameras out in nature, reading, playing games, going for drives in the countryside, having Blossom and her beloved over for dinner, and sleeping in if we feel like it.
I don't mind telling you that this is indeed blissful.
I hope your Easter break is restful too.