I first heard about The Splendid Sampler on Poppy in Stitches blog earlier in the month. One of the big things I want to do in 2016 is make a quilt so I headed straight over to find out more.
Basically, two 6 inch blocks are released each week and eventually you’ll end up with 100 squares all ready to be sewn into a quilt! Seemed simple enough.
I needed to go shopping. I’m not a quilter and although I have a moderate stash it’s nearly all dressmaking fabric.
For my initial shopping spree just to get me going I bought 4 half metre pieces.
Armed with 3 of the fabric pieces, the instructions and my new big quilting ruler I was all set.
I soon discovered the pale spotty fabric was a bit flimsy.
So changed the spotty fabric for the 4th fabric I’d bought…
Yup, much better. It was soon sewn up in no time….
And I’m in love!! How cool is that!!?? The hand stitched appliqué was a little tedious and I could be tempted to use another method next time but nevertheless this time consuming 6 inch square did not deter me from making block number 2.
What did deter me though was lack of fabric. I had to go shopping again as 6 different fabrics were needed for the next block. A smaller quilting ruler was also needed as the large one nearly wafted the tiny squares straight off the table! And starch. I needed starch! The maker of block 2 said so. I looked everywhere. Supermarkets big and small. Corner shop. I eventually found some in my mums utility room. I should’ve looked there first!
So here’s my expanding fabric stash of quilting cottons….
So far so good.
2 hours later i had all my squares starched and cut out in sizes ranging from 1 1/2 inch to 2 1/4 inch.
And then arranged into this ( I don’t have a fancy arranger thingy so I used kitchen roll)..
Now all I have to do is sew it all together!
But Happy Valley on in 5 minutes so it will have to be tomorrow!
I’m thinking maybe as a newbie would-be quilter I may have bitten off more than I can chew.
Until next time………..