Sampler Assembled

The sort-of-Splendid Sampler is assembled.


Fifty pieced blocks–2 each of 25 different designs–and 49 alternating blocks.


How can I choose a favorite?


Right now it is 54″ x 66″, but all of your input on borders has been very helpful and that is next.  Hopefully a finished top some time next week.


Denim #5

This denim quilt, made from my father’s old work jeans, is for Young Son.  Again, the inspiration comes from the book “All About Strips” by Susan Guzman.


The sashing is composed of 2-1/2″ squares, rather than strips.  I like the scrappy look and am going to use a similar technique on the quilt planned for Daughter.


Can you tell I am really enjoying having more time to sew this summer?!  It isn’t QUITE all that I do, but sewing is happening every day.

A New Leader-Ender

Since finishing the Sweet Sixteen top, I have been contemplating my next leader-ender idea. To qualify (for me) it needs to use small squares (mostly), use a lot of pieces, and be mostly repetitive.

Well, I believe I have found the idea.  I call it Irish Stars.


It is a triple Irish chain alternating with a sort of floating star block.  You can’t see the pattern very well yet, but with a few more blocks the “chain” effect should show up more strongly.

Maybe I have found two ideas.  Is anyone interested in leader-ender-ing along with me?  I don’t mean a specific number of blocks in a specific period of time.  For some of you it might be your first leader-ender.  Some will make many blocks and a large quilt.  Some will make smaller blocks.  We could do it using either 1-1/2″, 2″, or 2-1/2″ squares.

Mine uses 1-1/2″ squares, but I might not be right in the head.

Anyway, think about it, let me know, and maybe we’ll start officially sometime next week or so.  I’ll need to write block tutorials and such and you’ll need to start gathering (and maybe cutting) scraps.

What do you think?

Well, Now What?

Like many in the quilting world, I jumped on the Sew Splendid Sampler bandwagon last year.  I knew I wasn’t going to make the quilt as designed, because all I was really interested in was the pieced blocks.  And I had a box of 30s reproduction scraps that were begging to be played with. So, I started.  Then decided to make two of each blocks.  Then found some other blocks that I liked.  Then experimented with alternating blocks and designed one of those that seemed to work.  Then…


Well, now what?

There are 50 feature block (2 each of 25 different designs) and 49 alternating blocks.  The quilt as is will finish at 54″ x 66″.  Not too small, but not really bed-big.

I don’t think I want to make more blocks, but I am not in favor of just putting slabs of fabric on as borders.  Leave it alone?  Pieced borders?  Let it simmer and start a new project? (don’t laugh too loud, you know you have done that)

The black print in the Irish chain blocks will probably be the binding.