Friday, 15 August 2014

Mrs Beasley's Sampler: Block 2: Complete!!!


Yay!! I am really happy to be able to show you my finished Block 2 of the Mrs Beasley's Sampler Quilt that I have been working on.  The quilt is a design by Leanne Beasley and is being published over four issues (10-13 inclusive) of Leanne's wonderful magazine Vignette. Block two was published in issue 11 and now I have to be very patient and wait for issue 12 to see Block 3.


Above is the finished block and below I have included some closer photographs to show the stitches.


There was a lot of embroidery work which, I thoroughly enjoyed and, I think I have improved my satin stitch.  I have never really been very happy with my attempts at satin stitch but with all the little satin stitch dots I needed to stitch for this block, I certainly had plenty of practice and I think it has helped!!



Now I've finished this block and, while I am waiting for the next block to be published, I have time to work on some other projects.  I have signed up to join a sew-a-long which is being organised by Martina at Sunshine Quilting. It is a sew-a-long which will be following patterns from the book 'Patchwork Loves Embroidery' by Gail Pan.  As this is one of my very favourite books ever, how could I resist joining in?  If you want to know more about it why don't you pop over and visit Martina's blog to get the details.  I have added a button for the sew-a-long to my sidebar on the right hand side which will take you to Martina's blog.

18 comments:

  1. Oh my this is a Beauty! And IS quite alot of work. I've always Loved Leanne Beasley too....Oh to get my hands on her magazines would be dreamy! sighhhh!

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    1. Hello Shelly! Thank you!! It did take me quite a long time to complete all the stitching between other projects but it was really fun! I have a subscription for the magazines through a quilt shop in the UK but, I do know (because I visited a friend in the area a couple of years ago) that the Buggy Barn in Reardon, WA carry Vignette. I think you can probably order it online... in case you are interested! Have a nice weekend! :) xx

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  2. Your stitching is beautiful. What kind/brand of embroidery thread do you use?

    Like Shelly I also love Leanne Beasley and have paid for 4 of her magazines. They are treasures. Getting them here in the states is quite pricey!

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    1. Hello Linda! Thank you so much! I try to use Cosmos thread but I can't always get hold of it in the UK. As I have mentioned to Shelly I do know that Buggy Barn Quilts stock Vignette but I don't know how much they charge for them. Have a lovely weekend! :) xx

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    2. Thanks Christine. There is a shop here in Texas called Happiness Is Quilting that carries her magazines. I know because I emailed Leanne and asked if she distributed in the US, and she gave me the name of it. She said she visited that shop once, on a trip to the States, and looks forward to a trip back. The shop is close to where my daughter lives, so I have subscribed to their newsletter so I can get a heads up in case she comes back! :)

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    3. That's great Linda! If Leanne comes to the UK I'll certainly try to get to see her! :) xx

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  3. Oh so beautiful!!!! I love this sample quilt so much! So sad, that it is very hard and expensive to get a copy of Leanne's magazines. So I look forward to see more and really enjoy it. And thanks for linking my blog for the sew along.
    Hugs Martina

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    1. Thank you Martina! The magazines can prove difficult to get hold of and are quite expensive but then they travel a long way to get here!! Only to pleased to link to your sew-a-long, I'm really looking forward to it!! Have a lovely weekend! :) xx

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  4. It is beautiful, Christine! Love the applique flowers and your satin stitch dots look perfect!
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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    1. Thank you Helen! I always like to hear from you and you always leave me the nicest comments! Have a lovely weekend too! :) xx

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  5. What fabulous work Christine! Your satin stitch is so accurate-I always find it hard to get it right particularly with shapes like circles-your dots are perfect! Beautiful blocks-very well done,
    Alison xx

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    1. Thank you so much Alison for you very positive comments! It is always nice to know others like what you have made!! Have a lovely weekend :) xx

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  6. You are becoming quite the celebrity Chrissie, and rightly so! I love that others are getting to see the work that only a few of us saw for years! This stitching is so fantastic!

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    1. Thank you my dear! I finished the first block of this quilt on the way home from the USA last Summer! xxx

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  7. I thought I'd commented earlier, but it isn't here now! This is really pretty and your workmanship is always excellent!!

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    1. Thanks Janet! I'm really looking forward to getting the next block to work on!! :) xx

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  8. Liebe Christine, was für ein wunderschöner Block, so zarte Stoffe und wundervoll gestickt, besonders interessant finde ich wie Sie die Buchstaben gestickt haben.

    LG Uta

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    1. Thank you Uta! This is a quilt designed by Leanne Beasley and is being published one block at a time in the magazine Vignette. I am really enjoying working on it and I can't wait for the next block to be published! :) xx

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