Monday, 9 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler: Blocks 24, 25 and a bonus!

Well, another week has passed by and three new blocks were published for The Splendid Sampler. The first of these was block 24 which was designed by Michele Foster and is called 'Inspector Sidekick'.  It is a pretty, pieced block and went together nicely.


Each year in May there is a big horse-racing derby in the USA called the 'Kentucky Derby' and in celebration of this event Pat Sloan designed a really cute bonus block called 'Derby Day'.


It is an applique block of a hat..... the sort you might wear to the derby! I had a lot of fun making this block and instead of appliqueing a heart to the front, I cut out a flower from one of my fabrics and used that to decorate the hat.


I added some extra embroidery stitches to the flower to make it look more three dimensional.


The last block of the week was block 25.... another applique block (which I love) designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs.... of course, her block featured a cute little bunny and is called 'Sunday Best'.  I really enjoyed making it!


The first quarter of the blocks are now complete and I really like how they are all looking. Lots more still to go though and, I am looking forward to them!

32 comments:

  1. oh boy Christine i am enjoying watching you add to your blocks,these ones are so pretty,well done xx

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    1. Thank you Shez! I am trying really hard not to fall behind.... I know if I do it will be difficult to catch back up! Christine x

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  2. Hi Christine, you are on a good roll with the sampler! I love the flower you added to the hat very much!
    Hugs Martina

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    1. Thank you Martina! I was pleased with the flower and I am trying hard to keep up to date! Have a lovely week! Christine x

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  3. The new blocks are so cute! I had a closer look at the photo of all of the blocks and they're all amazing. That bunny is darling.
    Cathy

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    1. Thank you Cathy! The bunny is a really cute block... as I stitched him I was thinking of the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland! Christine x

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  4. You are amazing! I am marveling at how you are keeping up.
    Each new block brings a smile to my face. I missed seeing the inspector sidekick block this week... love the little bunny of Anne's. Janita

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    1. Thank you Janita! I am amazed that I have kept up too! I know if I don't I'll fall way behind... so I'm determined to keep going! Christine x

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  5. Wow! There have been a few of these blocks that I really didn't like. But seeing them in your color palette, they're all gorgeous! Love your Derby Hat.

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    1. Thank you Sunny! I have been tempted not to make them all myself but, I decided that I should try them all and see which ones I like best at the end! Christine x

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  6. Dear Christine,
    lovely new blocks, I all like them, but the bunny is this time the prettiest one. I was on the Quilt-Festival and in my garden so I´m hanging around with block 5 and 6, but I´m not in a hurry ;-)
    Hugs
    sigisart

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    1. Thank you Sigrid! I really love the bunny too... Anne Sutton's designs are always lovely! Hope you have had a fabulous time at the Quilt Festival! Christine x

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  7. Are you already there, bonus block included? Wow! I love the details on the flower. You just have such an amazing hat-tradition there in the UK, and your hat is totally up to it!

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    1. Thank you Ariadna! I liked making the hat but my favourite this week is the bunny! He is a really cute design! Christine x

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  8. That sweet little bunny looks like he's smelling the flowers....so cute!

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! He reminds me of the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland! Christine x

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  9. They all look fantastic! And, I love your derby hat!

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    1. Thank you Heather! I am really enjoying this challenge.... looking forward to seeing your blocks! Christine x

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  10. They all look great together. Especially love the bunny block - he looks great!

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    1. Thank you! I think the bunny is my favourite this week too! Have a great week! Christine x

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  11. Lovely blocks Christine, l like your work on the Derby hat and bunny - this quilt is going to be wonderful

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    1. Thank you Sheryl! These last few blocks have been great fun to make! Looking forward to the next block now! Christine x

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  12. All 3 blocks are great. I have to say that Derby Day and Sunday's Best are two more favorites. I love the way the flower dressed up your hat. Thank you for sharing the links, too. It is fascinating to see how everyone is able to take one block design and make it so unique. Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you Renee! The blocks were fun to make and the Splendid Sampler FB group is so inspirational to belong to.... there are so many great variations and ideas! Christine x

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  13. Your blocks are just beautiful. Weren't the last two fun , I loved doing them.

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    1. Thank you Sheila! I am really enjoying the whole challenge.... and there are some great colour choices and variations being shared! Christine x

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  14. Liebe Christine,
    da habe ich ja wieder einiges verpasst. So schöne Blöcke hast Du wieder genäht. Das ist ein spannendes Projekt.
    Liebe Grüße
    Monika

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    1. Thank you Monika! I really love all the different blocks we are getting to make! It is fun to try new things! Christine x

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  15. Your blocks are so pretty. Lovely soft colours.

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  16. Christine, I'm sorry it has taken me so long to find your blog and comment on it, as you've been commenting on mine for awhile now! Now that I've found you, I'll enjoy getting caught up on your posts! I loved seeing all your Splendid Sampler blocks! They are going to make a beautiful quilt!

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    1. Thank you for visiting me Diann and for your nice comments! Hope you will visit again! Christine x

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