My goal for October was to catch up on the Splendid Sampler 2 blocks - that meant 8 blocks to be completed.
The Bathurst Blog Meet was held last weekend and that was the perfect opportunity to get stitching. I had them all prepped and ready to go. I did get quite a bit done too.
Happily, I can say that I met my goal with one whole day to spare. Here's what they look like.
"Fashionable Pineapple". This was supposed to have lots of reverse applique squares throughout the yellow, but I didn't have a suitable yellow fabric in my 30s stash, but this one worked perfectly. Machine applique is much easier (and quicker) for me. The background is actually white, not pink as it shows here.
"Cathedral Window" was a good block to showcase the cute fabrics. The centre is quite bulky as there are several layers of fabric under there.
"Tulip in Bloom" was a relatively quick block, but it was still a bit of a challenge to get all the points.
Flower child was another nice and easy applique block. I hesitated to add the little elephant, but the yellow was just right. However, I've had lots of positive feedback, so am glad I left him in.
"Fruit Bowl" tested me with small drunkard's path blocks. By taking it nice and slow they turned out OK. Once again, machine applique made the circles easier.
"Radio Waves" was a quick and easy block and I finally got to add my red fabrics. I need to add more red as I go along.
"Around Four Corners" used an interesting technique for creating the circles. I did use needle turn this time. I need to try it more often. It was another good block to feature the cute fabrics.
"Betty's Bloom" was one that was a little hesitant about making. I simplified the pattern by reducing the number of different fabrics, as I thought it looked a little busy. Once again, a little red was added. I took it nice and slow and I'm pleased with how it turned out.
"Free as a Bird" is such a pretty block. Another lady used ric rac for the branch and I borrowed her idea as it suited my fabrics so well. Not to mention that it was nice and easy to apply. I think this is one of my favourite blocks so far.
I knew I would need that typical 30s green and luckily in among Mum's collection of bits and bobs that now live at our house there was this little scrap. Perfect for what I needed.
The last block I completed was "Cat Nap". Our Joey is a ginger cat, so the colour was based on him. He is also rather partial to snoozing on a quilt, as I'm sure most cats are.
I decided it was time to see how they all look together. Happy dance!
The 20th and final free block will be revealed tomorrow.
I received my Splendid Sampler 2 Book yesterday, so now I'm ready to continue on this journey.
My other in the background goals were to get the final blocks made for Squared Away Sampler as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
I got a bit carried away and finished the top. It is now with my quilting fairy.
My plans to make a shopping bag got shelved. Blame the above photo for that.
So, all in all, I had a relatively productive month for me. Now I have to plan for November.
I'll be linking up with Elm Street Quilts who has provided great motivation to get things done.