Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Bonus Blocks

Written by Linda Chaney, Mother

Sewing just two blocks a week for The Splendid Sampler may seem a bit daunting, but I have found that patience is rewarded by continuing to work on the variety of blocks over a period of time. Some blocks whip up very quickly; others require more work. In addition to these blocks, bonus blocks are also posted occasionally that celebrate a special event or an addition to the designer's original block for the sampler . I have stitched a few of these because I liked them, I could embellish them,  or I had an opportunity to hone my skills on a new technique.


Bonus Blocks Group #1

National Quilt Day
Derby Day
Earth Day

Bonus Blocks Group #2

Children's Day - Matthew's Block
Stitching Fashion Pattern with Aurifil Spool 
Button Lover's Bee
Summer Flip Floppin'

A few highlights from these bonus blocks

I couldn't resist adding some tatted button flowers to my derby hat. Needle tatting is another skill I continue to improve and these button flowers were modified from another tatted pattern.

Derby Hat

Matthew's Block for Children's Day was one of my favorites to stitch. Yes, there were quite a few small fabric pieces and seams, but I loved the way this block looked in the end.

Matthew's Block

Another favorite was Button Lover's Bee that was originally designed for a scrappy pouch. I modified the bee pattern by reducing its size to fit nicely onto a 6" x 6" finished block. Will I add some buttons? Not sure.

Bee Block

Be sure to check out the Bonus Projects for The Splendid Sampler! You might just find something you like.

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