Last week’s Splendid Sampler block was Flowering Tree by Amy Friend. Amy is known for her paper piecing and modern quilts. Last year, Amy came to our Guild. She talked about modern quilts and gave a class where we paper pieced a table runner. It was fun and easy. Amy’s instructions are very clear.
Amy suggests leaving the paper on until you sew it into the quilt. It will keep the bias edges straight. I did pull the paper from the center so that I could press the center seam open.
I didn’t have flowering fabric that I liked so I made my tree with red/orange so that it looked like a maple tree in the fall. It is very bright.
After I finished the piece, I was putting the scraps into my overflowing mile a minute fabric bin. I decided to not put the scraps away, but make mile a minute blocks right away. I also used other scraps from the bin. I made nine blocks and made them into a table topper. It’s machine quilted already so it won’t go into the UFO pile.
I’ve enjoyed the Splendid Sampler 2 block of the week. Each one uses a different technique. Some I like, some not so much. They will all go together very well. Just one 6 1/2″ block a week is easy after trying to keep up with the Canadian 150 project. That was three blocks a week.
I’ve been spending part of the day on the porch swing, pulling the papers out of the Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. If I make another one, I will pull the papers from the center as I sew them together. Live and learn.
Have a great day and happy quilting.