Friday, 29 April 2016

The Splendid Sampler: Blocks 20-22 and a bonus!

As I was away last week, I didn't have any opportunity to piece the published blocks for The Splendid SamplerSo, I had the two blocks from last week, together with a special bonus block that was released to celebrate Earth Day and then yesterday, the first block for this week was also published.  I have been playing catch up but I have managed to get them finished.  Here they are.....



Block 20 was designed by Vicki Tucek and is called 'Nature's Walk'. It is a simple block with a beautiful embroidery design in the centre and it was a lot of fun to make.  I really enjoyed working on the embroidery pattern which is so pretty. 



The next block released was a bonus block designed by Cheryl Arkison to celebrate 'Earth Day' on the 22nd April.  It is a really cute block.



Cheryl had given embroidery outlines for the Americas and for Australia, neither of which suited where I live, so I made my own template and embroidered the outline of the United Kingdom on my Earth.  I hope you can recognise it!



Block 21 was designed by Kris Thurgood and is called 'Sweet Candy'.  It is a very sweet block and was lovely and easy to put together.



Finally, block 22 was designed by Amy Smart and is called 'Goose on the Loose'.  It is a foundation paper pieced block and, although I do find this technique challenging, the instructions were good and the block went together fairly smoothly.



So, four more blocks complete.  It is amazing how many blocks have already gone but, also amazing to think we are still under a quarter of the way through!



It is a Bank Holiday weekend here in the United Kingdom and we are celebrating my youngest daughter's 21st birthday..... should be a nice weekend! Let's hope that the weather warms up a bit! Enjoy your weekend too, whatever you are doing!


32 comments:

  1. More pretty blocks Christine - my favourite is (of course!) the embroidered one. Happy birthday wishes to your daughter - hope there's lots of cake!

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! I like the embroidered one too! Going out for high tea on Sunday, so there should be plenty of cake! Christine x

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  2. Hi Christine such beautiful work as usual ,loving your blocks xx

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    1. Thank you Shez! I am really enjoying this challenge! Christine x

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  3. You do such wonderful things with fabric and thread. It's always a pleasure coming here. Happy Birthday to your daughter! To borrow a line from the Beatles, "It's my birthday too yeah!".
    Cathy

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    1. Happy Birthday to you too Cathy and thank you for your lovely comment! Christine x

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  4. More lovely sewing Christine. I like block 20 best.

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    1. Thank you Sheryl! I like that one very much too! Christine x

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  5. Dear Christine,
    your four new blocks look so splendid!!! Wonderful, some of them don´t seem to be very easy.
    Many hugs
    sigisart

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    1. Thank you Sigrid! Some of them are a bit more of a challenge than others but, I think it makes it more fun! Christine x

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  6. Beautiful!How great that you embroidered your own country! I loove the embroidered block very much too and i look forward to stitch it myself.
    Havea wonderful weekend and i hope, your daughter has some sunshine for her birthday!
    Hugs Martina

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    1. Thank you Martina! I look forward to seeing your blocks too! I hope the sun will shine for my birthday girl! Have a lovely weekend! Christine x

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  7. Block 20 is so beautiful!! (well, all the blocks in this soft, sweet palette look wonderful). Which thread did you use, if I may ask? I'm still on it, it would take a while, I think ;-) Regards, Ariadna.

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    1. Thank you Ariadna! I used two strands of cotton embroidery floss for all the stitching. The leaves and stems were a variegated green but still cotton embroidery floss. Christine x

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  8. More beautiful blocks! That was a good idea to stitch Great Britain. Happy 21st to you daughter. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Christine xx

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    1. Thank you Christine! The sun is shining at the moment, so I hope the weekend will be a good one! Christine x

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  9. Liebe Christine,
    diese Blöcke sind dir alle sehr sehr gut gelungen, sie wirken so zart und filigran, einfach entzückend. Der gestickte Block ist mein Favorit, ich bin richtig in diese schöne Stickerei verliebt!
    Liebe Grüße
    Steffi

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    1. Thank you Steffi! I really like the embroidery block too.... and I enjoyed working on it... such a lovely design! Christine x

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  10. All your blocks look so pretty together. I love the beautiful embroidered block--so sweet!

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    1. Thank you Karen! I really enjoyed working on the embroidery block! Christine x

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  11. Hi Christine,
    all your blocks are really nice, but block number 20 looks fantastic - I looooove it!
    I hope, the last week was a good one for you with a lot of motivation after the days in Switzerland - I wish you all the best!
    Katharina

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    1. Thank you Katharina! I loved stitching block 20! It was lovely to meet you and I enjoyed the classes in Switzerland! Christine x

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  12. I was looking forward to seeing your block 20 and its beautiful! Nice idea too, to place GB in the Earth block : )

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    1. Thank you Lyn! I enjoyed stitching block 20! I like the Earth block too! Christine x

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  13. Your blocks are just lovely . I am visiting, you son at the moment so will be a few blocks behind .

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    1. Thank you Sheila! Looking forward to seeing your blocks when you stitch them! Christine x

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  14. Wow! All your blocks looks so cool together. Love the embroidery on the top one.

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    1. Thank you Baa! I think that is my favourite one so far but I am really enjoying them all! Christine x

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  15. You have certainly done well to catch up with so many new blocks! They all look lovely, and the embroidery you stitched is beautiful. Happy 21st Birthday to your daughter!
    Helen xox

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    1. Thank you Helen! I enjoyed making them and we had a lovely weekend with my daughter.... she really enjoyed her birthday! Christine x

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  16. Ooh. These are all pretty, but Nature's Walk is amazing. Love the embroidery. Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you Renee! I think the Nature's Walk block is one of my all time favourites! Christine x

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