Good morning old friends and new!! Today is my day for the Splendid Sampler . When Pat and Jane invited me to design an applique block for their project I was so excited. There are so many wonderful designers participating and I'm grateful for the opportunity to join them!
Back in November I received my roll of fabric from Moda. I also got a wonderful box of coordinating threads from Aurifil to use with my block.
Here's what I came up with! Vintage Flower Basket is inspired by old heat transfer embroidery designs. Growing up we embroidered pillow cases and tea towels for Christmas gifts and I love those old patterns.
Although it looks like a complicated block, it really isn't. I chose rick rack instead of a bias handle, I think it adds a bit of whimsy and it's a lot easier. I like to use just a couple of drops of glue to baste it in place until I stitch it down, which I do with matching thread and a straight stitch. You can trace your pieces onto fusible web, fuse onto the wrong side of your fabrics and cut out. Use the third page of the pattern, which you can download from the Splendid Sampler website, to layout your block. Then just fuse in place, and stitch it down with a blanket stitch like I did or whatever your preference is. I'm NOT and applique genius, so I if I can do it, you can do it! The Splendid Sampler project is a great one in that you can try new things in a no pressure way!
For my own Splendid Sampler quilt I looked around for some color inspiration and found this fun basket of cookies and thought they were perfect.
It was so fun to design this block. I played around with it for a while before I came up with my final design.. hard to resist the urge to just cram a million tiny flowers on it.
But I love how it turned out in the end. I hope you do too. Thanks for inviting me Pat and Jane, and thanks to all of you who came by to read about my block!!! Can't wait to see your Vintage Flower Baskets on Instagram and Facebook! Tag me on IG (@pamkittymorning) so I don't miss a block!