Hello friends and welcome, new readers!
You probably already heard about the Splendid Sampler. Are you sewing the blocks? If not, you need to check the Splendid Sampler website; there are 100 blocks (almost half of them already released), all the blocks are wonderful and you could not believe how complex the 6”-square blocks could be!
This is my block, it’s called “Circle of Love” and it was inspired by what we, quilters, love most about quilting: sharing the love of quilting with our families!
Check out the Splendid Sampler website and download the instructions for this block.
It’s an easy raw edge applique design, fused with fusible web.
Fun fact about this block (or how to do applique without marking the fabric)
I started making the block, I marked the design on fabric and then I realised that I can’t send the block to the USA with the markings on fabric and my marker required washing. I didn’t want to risk and wash the block (which could have distorted the block).
What to do, what to do? (insert a few moments of real panic, because I can’t cross the street and buy the marker I need, usually I have to wait weeks until I get it!!).
So after a few minutes of thinking, I came to the conclusion that actually I don’t even need to mark the design on fabric!
And then how to do the appliques ? You use the paper pattern to position the pieces in the corresponding place. Here is the process.
Place the pattern underneath the fabric. If you can’t see through the fabric, then you need a light box or just tape the paper pattern onto a window and then tape the fabric on top of it.
Keep the applique pieces in the corresponding places with a little bit of glue or (if using fusible web) press slightly with an iron (not too much pressing and no high temperature, you don’t want to break the glass). That’s it, then continue as usual -press the block well if using fusible web.
This technique is very handy when you don’t have a reliable marker or when for any reason you can’t mark on your fabric.
I hope you like the block. Check out different versions on the Splendid Sampler website. Thank you, Pat and Jane, for this fun project.