The Splendid Sampler: Blocks 9 and 10

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The Splendid Sampler is still going strong with over 30 blocks already posted and over thousands of people participating. I’m in the background now participating when I can. But between our new house and my old job ending while setting up my new job for next year, I’ve had hardly a moment to sit down and sew.

But I do have a few blocks to share .

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We have block 9 The Quilt Shop and block 10 Iowa.

img_9439After a long hiatus from the sampler, I jumped in and knocked out these two blocks fairly quickly. I was worried the shop block would be tough but it came together really quickly. I did cut out some smaller pieces to simplify the process.

These were some pretty tiny pieces.


And because I’m using the little back dress set I named this the Little Black Dress Shop and used some of my embroidery stitches to make the sign. I was pretty pleased with that although I will admit to needing some stabilizer for the back.

For Iowa, I wanted to play with all the same fabrics but in the different color families so I went with my favorite, polka dots, and used that punch of red to make the corners and the center. I think it came out really sharp and a lot of people commented that it looked like a bird with a red beak.

I can’t blame them, it kinda does!

I’m pretty proud of that center point even if my other points don’t match quite perfectly. And I loved how easily this block came together.

If you are still on the fence about joining The Splendid Sampler, check out my beginners tips video on my YouTube channel for some inspiration and some ideas for getting started. I share my favorite tools and process to keep this sampler going!

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