On Sunday the first of 'The Splendid Sampler' blocks was released. It is a very pretty block called 'Hearts Aflutter' and was designed by Pat Sloan.
I had a lot of fun deciding which fabrics to use from my scrap box to make the block and, in the end, I made two!! The first version (shown above) was made using a needle-turn applique method for the heart which I edged with stem stitch to make it stand out further. However, when it was finished, I decided I wasn't sure that there was enough contrast between the light purple squares and the heart applique, so I made a second block using aqua background squares instead.
This time round I used a fusible applique method which I finished using a blanket stitch. I am pleased with both of them but, I am interested to know which version you prefer?