Thursday, September 13, 2018

Feeling Splendid

Hello Quilters! This week's block is Betty's Bloom from Carl Hentsch and it has us paper piecing again. This block went a lot more smoothly than the last paper pieced one I did. It had been years since I had paper pieced and that last block took a bit to get in the swing of things again. I was ready this time! 
The paper I use is from That Patchwork Place. I like it because I don't have issues running it through my printer yet it is easy to sew through and remove. I used darker fabrics for my block to create more contrast with the cream script print. I think it gives the block a nice graphic quality. 

That's quite a pile of loveliness! You can get your block at www.thesplendidsampler.com
The Autumn issue of Simply Vintage will be here tomorrow and listed on the website. Until next week...
Happy Quilting, 
Dawn

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Splendid Thursday

Hello fellow quilters. This week's block is from Irene Blanck. I love Irene's work! She does lots of gorgeous applique and I have to say that she is a super nice person to boot. You know there will be no grumbling from me this week- birds and applique make me a happy girl! You can head on over to www.thesplendidsampler.com to get your pattern and learn more about Irene and her work. 
The stack of blocks has grown and it kills me a little to not start sewing them together but I know I have to wait. When you are doing something like a sampler you really need to wait until you have your blocks all finished to set them together. That gives you the chance to lay them all out and choose the most pleasing arrangement. Also, I never know for sure how I will set my blocks or what borders I'm doing until I can lay out the blocks and really see what is needed. 
My side note this week is that the new issue of Simply Vintage is on it's way. I will have them in my online shop next week. This issue contains Part 3 of my Manor House Mystery Quilt.
I'm excited to share this block as it is the block with the manor house that the quilt is named for and it gives you a good idea now of what the quilt will look like. If you are participating in the BOM kits, they will start shipping this week. I am finishing up the cutting.  Until next week.....

Happy Quilting, 
Dawn

Thursday, August 30, 2018

It's Thursday So It Must Be Splendid

Hello All! Last week was a break and there wasn't a block released for Splendid Sampler 2. This week we have a pieced block titled Tulip in Bloom by Nadra Ridgeway. It was a less than pleasant task making this block. I am no fan of stitch n flip. I am not a fan of cutting units way too big and then cutting them down and I am not a fan of waste. This block is composed of stitch n flip, make it big and cut it down, and waste. We all have our likes and dislikes and I am sure that when my applique block is released there will piecers who don't care for it so I will keep my grumbling to myself. The block looks a little modern for my tastes on it's own but when thrown into the mix of blocks it blends right in.
Again, the cool thing about doing a project like this is it gets you out of your wheelhouse and pushes you to try new things which is always a win. I am grateful to be a part of the design team for this project.  You can get your block and learn more about Nadra at www.thesplendidsampler.com
Fall is just around the corner and I am getting excited about decorating the house. I have been sharing fall themed quilts on my Instagram and I am amazed at how many fall themed quilts and projects I have! I am working on some new fall themed punch needle designs right now and am expecting a delivery from Moda today for some super cute Halloween fabric that I will be listing on the website so keep tuned for that. Until next week...
Happy Stitching,

Dawn

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Splendid Thursday

Good Morning Quilters! This week's block is Around Four Corners by Rachaeldaisy. Easy piecing and applique- what's not to love? This was a quick little block to whip up and I love the graphic quality of the design. 
We are up to ten blocks now and I am running out of room to photograph them. Going to have to find a new spot! My tip for this week is to put Fray Check around the edges of your finished blocks. These blocks will get moved around and handled quite a bit as we go forward and you do not want your seam allowances raveling away. Not only that, you don't want one side to lose more threads than another and create the dreaded distortion. If you just run a quick line of Fray Check around each one as you finish they will remain in the pristine condition they started in! You can snag your block  here- www.thesplendidsampler.com
My side note for this week is I will be re-releasing a retired design of mine for the fall. This is Pumpkin Blossoms. This pattern has remained extremely popular and I have decided to release it for fall. Look for the pattern in my online shop in the next week or so. Until then....

Happy Quilting, Dawn

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Less Than Splendid Start to Thursday

This week's block is Flowering Tree by Amy Friend. It is paper pieced. Paper piecing is fine in theory. But if you haven't done it in years like me it can be a rocky start. I have a few hints for you. First, shorten the stitch length on your machine. If you are using regular copy paper, sew on all the stitch lines without thread in your machine before you start. This will perforate the lines and help in removing the papers from your finished block. 
Before you sew each piece of fabric, line it up and stick a pin in the stitch line. Then hold it up to the light and flip it back to make certain that it will cover the area it is supposed to before you stitch it down. It is very frustrating to sew a section on only to find that the piece doesn't quite cover the area it is supposed to . I guess you can figure out how I know this.
When choosing my colors for this block I laid all the finished blocks out to see what was missing. I knew right away that this block would need a light background to balance things out. Also I noticed that the green and gold colors were the least used so those were the colors I needed for this block. I think it was a great choice. I am pretty happy with the way things are coming together. Only 91 more blocks to go! Ha! You can get your block at www.thesplendidsampler.com .
Switching gears. Last week I went to Kalona, Iowa for a quilt study group that was held at the Kalona Quilt and Textile Museum. I would definitely recommend Kalona for a weekend trip. The town is super cute with lots of little boutique shops, a couple of quilt shops, the museum and historical village as well as a great restaurant- The Kalona Brewing Co. Our topic for the study group was Cheddar quilts. The museum also has two galleries with displays that they change out regularly. One is devoted to Amish quilts and the other to English. 
This was my favorite of the Amish quilts. 
Love, love, love this quilt from Carol Butzke's collection.
This indigo and cheddar will keep your eyes racing round the quilt!
How about some cheddar, madder and Pennsylvania blue?
And of course red and green applique always makes my heart beat a little faster. It was hard to get a true to color photo of this one. The background fabric is cheddar. It is a tiny little tone on tone orange print. Very different. So until next time....
Happy Quilting,
Dawn

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Another Splendid Thursday

This week we have a pieced block called My Flock by Brenda Ratliff. I enjoyed piecing this block and I think it really adds to the mix we have so far.
I did not make my flying geese units with the flip and stitch method. I think that method allows too much room for error. You need those geese to be just right so you don't lop off their heads. I made mine using the no waste method which makes all four at once. I find this to be a very accurate method. I have some photos here to demo. Forgive the bad lighting, it was dark.
First, you cut a 4 1/4" square of the fabric you have chosen for the geese. Next, cut 4- 2 3/8" squares of the fabric you have chosen for the sky.
Right sides together, layer 2 sky squares onto the large geese square and draw a line down the centers. Pin in place and sew a scant 1/4" seam on both sides of the drawn line.
Cut apart on the drawn line and press. Right sides together layer the two remaining sky squares onto the units created in the previous step. Draw a line down the center and pin in place. Sew a scant 1/4" seam on both sides of the drawn line.
Cut apart on the drawn line and press open to yield 4 flying geese units. 
The geese units should measure 2" x 3 1/2". You are now ready to sew your block together. Pretty fast and easy. You can get your block at www.thesplendidsampler.com. 
I am packing up to go to Iowa for a quilt study group so I may have photos to share next week.

Happy Quilting, Dawn

Thursday, July 26, 2018

It's a Doubly Splendid Thursday!

Since I didn't get last week's block posted it's going to be an extra splendid post this week. I was busy with deadlines and preparing for trunk shows and a workshop and totally forgot to add the block to the blog. Last week's block is this adorable little flower called Rose and Dot designed by Lori Kennedy. Sweet and fun to stitch!
Our block for this week is called For the Love and was designed by Sharon Burgess. Sharon made her block using the EPP method. I chose to applique mine. I do so much applique that it was the easiest method for me. I also didn't have supplies for EPP. I really like the way this little block turned out and I don't think that the design is compromised by the applique method.
I am really enjoying making these little blocks. I worried that I would have trouble keeping up with my schedule but it's not been too hard to add in one block a week, even with all I have going on. Because I am a designer I don't generally make anything from a pattern and make only my own "stuff". This has been a great way to expand myself and do things that are out of my box. You can get your block patterns here at www.thesplendidsampler.com and read all about Lori Kennedy and Sharon Burgess.
Out of curiosity- how many of you blog readers are making the sampler? There are quite a lot on Facebook and Instagram. If you are sewing along, drop me a comment so I know you are out there.

Happy Quilting, Dawn

Thursday, July 12, 2018

It's A Splendid Thursday

This week's block for The Splendid Sampler 2 is Point Taken by Susan Ache. Those of you who have followed me for awhile know that I make big blocks so these little 6" pieced blocks are making me scoot out of my box a bit. Sometimes we get so used to doing just "what we like" that we narrow our vision and miss out on things. Trying new things, whether it be color palette or technique is a good way to expand your creativity. It engages you in a new way and that leads to new ideas and inspiration.
This makes 5 blocks now and it is fun to see them stacking up. I am really enjoying stitching these blocks as a side project. 
On a different note - the new Fall issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects is shipping out. I will have them on my website soon.
My quilt Blessings is in this issue. I have soooo many quilts with pumpkins I wanted to do something for fall that would be a bit different. I am really happy with the way this turned out. I will have kits available soon too. I am waiting on fabric to ship out.

It is wool applique on cotton with a layer of cotton print under the wool center for a reverse applique look. It's pretty quick to stitch up and I think it could be used all year round. 
That's all I have for you this week. See ya next Thursday!

Happy Quilting, Dawn

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Splendid Sampler 2

Wishing a Splendid Thursday to you all. My day began with $700 of dental work. Not the best start to the day but if this little elephant won't cheer me up what will?! I love this cute little block. It is called Balance by Wenche Wolff Hatling. This is a fun addition to the blocks. As usual, I did my block using the needle turn method but you use whatever works best for you.
This makes four blocks so now you can see how your fabric choices are going to look. I have a small design wall that I keep the blocks on so that I can see them all together as I choose fabric for each block going forward. That really helps me to see if I need more lights or darks in my blocks to keep everything balanced. I am pretty happy with the way these are shaping up. This is a fun way to make a quilt with little time investment. One six inch block a week is something that most folks can fit in and the variety of techniques are great for skill building. You can get your pattern at www.thesplendidsampler.com.
Happy Quilting,
Dawn