Posts Tagged ‘The Splendid Sampler’

Quilt Blocks

October 16, 2016


Sometimes I look at my blocks and wonder.  “What was I thinking?”  Last winter I joined The Splendid Sampler.  Twice a week for fifty weeks I receive an email with instructions for a six-inch block.  I could not decide on a single group of fat quarters, so, instead of two blocks a week, I am making four.  “They’re only six inches.”  Silly me.


I have since learned that I really, really, really do not like paper piecing.  It seems such a waste of time and effort and paper.  Some I turned into applique.  It’s so much more fun.  Some I skipped.  And some I thought about enough to cut the shapes and then just sewed them together to fit.


Fulfilling Promises

February 24, 2016

Promises are important to me.  If I promise to do something, I do it.  It make take a while, but it will be done.  I promised.  I owe this trait to my mother.  I think it was one of her best tricks.  She disappointed me so many times.  It took me several years to realize that her promises meant nothing.  I was just a little kid.  Why did she do it?  I eventually learned.  When I say, “I promise,” I mean it.  It will be done.  Of course, it may take a while.  After all, I am an old woman.  I can’t say lady.   That’s just not me.  And where am I going with this?  My daughter asked me to make a draft stopper for her sliding doors.

I made this in time for Christmas.


The pattern was poor.   I doubt the writer ever made it the way the instructions were written.  Happily, I had more sense then they did.

She got this one on her birthday.  Did I already show this?


And, now I am working on her final request.


Since the draft stoppers were more important,  I’ve just recently started work on the Christmas tree skirt.  It will have appliqued Christmassy things on it.  It’s been a fun project.  Definitely my favorite.  There’s something to be said for saving the best until last.

I do have one problem.  I joined The Splendid Sampler.  So far I am three blocks and three small projects behind.  I really enjoy finishing.  And I have to finish the tree skirt before starting the quilt blocks.  I know that I don’t need to finish the skirt for about ten months.  And I know that I could go back and forth on these two projects, but I can’t.  I can’t.

Here’s the fabric I chose for my sampler.