Sunday, 7 October 2018

Splendid Sampler 2 - Fun Times

I'm still plodding on with these blocks each week.  I've got a bit of catching up to do but I'm getting there.

Splendid Sampler 2 - Tulip in Bloom by Nadra Ridgeway

This one looked a fairly easy block to complete.  However, looks can be deceptive.  It took me for ever to decide on the fabrics, as usual.  I went with yellow for th flower head as I used to have lovely large yellow tulips in the border at the front of the house.  They always put on such a show in the late spring after the daffodils had died down..  the flower head on this went together very easily and quickly, nothing difficult there.  Then I got to the leaves.  I don't know how I got so confused with how to line up those diagonal joins.  Must be my poor spatial awareness kicking in.  The seam ripper came in very handy.  I sewed it again and had to rip it out again.  Third time lucky! I finished it off with a bit of big yellow stitching around the inside of the flower, but it doesn't show up very well. 

Time to make:  3 hours  No. of pieces: 16

Splendid Sampler 2 - Free as a Bird by Irene Black

I decided to make my bird a yellow canary.  I used fusible applique, sewn with machine buttonhoe stitch.  The branch in the pattern was made from  a bias strip but I used a bit of ric-rac for a bit of texture and added a flower to the end cut out from a scrap of fabric. the yellow fabric didn't stand oout so well from the grey stripe so I edged the bird in back stitch with yellow thread to give a bit more definition.

Time to make 3 hours No of pieces: 9

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