As many of you will know, I am attempting to complete the Splendid Sampler. Every Thursday and Sunday a new block is released - from designers across the world and using a range of techniques - some of which I really don't take to but am trying to see it as a learning curve. In total there will be 100 blocks - but every now and then a bonus block is released and so the number increases. My aim is to complete the squares, quilt as you go, and then make up into a quilt for my guest bedroom. So - that's the background and the plan.
The reality is that, although I started well, with illness and some blocks requiring a greater length of time (embroidery) - oh and not to mention that I sacrificed one of my embroidery blocks for the WI competition bag - I am now behind. Now I know that this is not a race but I do like a deadline and, as it happens, the 50th block (halfway point) is on my birthday - wouldn't it be nice to be completely up to date then? So that is my mission - only 20 blocks to do in two weeks then (cough cough).
Today, truthfully, I did cherry pick some easy ones to get me started. First there was an appliqued flower.
Then a pieced patchwork block,
and a block using the selvedge of the fabric (the waste bits that you usually cut off).
Of course switching between stitches I forgot to change the stitch / foot - broke a needle - and needed to take the plate off the machine to recover the broken needle. There I found this mess! It would be bad enough if you didn't remember that this machine was cleaned and serviced only 3 weeks ago! Yikes!
So there are now 17 blocks to go (4 of which haven't been published yet) and one bonus block. I will report back!
Last night, you may recall, I went out to a tapas bar with the WI. I was really pleasantly surprised. There were 11 of us and 15 dishes on the menu so we ordered 2 of everything and I had a little bit of everything - mmm. I loved the black pudding dish but my favourite was a poached pear, walnut and blue cheese salad. Quite frankly I could have eaten the whole bowl myself - and I am really not a salad lover!