Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Sew-a-long with Cecile and Corinne

 I am once again participating in Cecile (Patchwork Inspirations) and Corinne’s annual sew-a-long. This year’s theme is “Sampler Quilts”. The rules are that it has to be 50% pieced and 50% appliqued and you need to make a minimum of 16 blocks.

Now the first thing that comes to mind when I hear “sampler” is of course, “Whitman’s Sampler”. In fact, most things in my life relate to food of come sort and especially chocolate! I researched the boxes and found that I was in pretty good company! 



 I started playing around and found that the appliqued blocks would be simple florals based on the flowers on the sampler boxes. The pieced blocks posed more of a challenge. I fiddled around for days trying to get my pieced blocks to look like cross stitch. Since I wanted my blocks to be small (5” finished), I couldn’t settle on anything that would look right with the appliques.

So... my pieced blocks will be different baskets.


Sort of like a basket of candy. Well, that was my thought anyway. I've only pieced a few but I think they will work out fine – if I don’t eat them first, that yellow is so delicious! It is a vintage feedsack and I have just enough for 8 pieced and 8 appliqued blocks. I haven't decided on orientation or layout yet. At any rate, I am having fun and that is what it is all about!

 You can visit their Facebook page (here) to see all the wonderful creations. People are so clever!

18 comments:

  1. I'd say you are going with the Whitman's sampler box colour......

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  2. looking very good so far...almost good enough to eat...ROFL!

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  3. Beautiful baskets. I didn't jump in this year, as I don't actually like appliqued blocks.

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  4. What a delicious and sweet idea.

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  5. Oh, I love those ads! What fun!
    I can't wait to see your lovely appliqué blocks and how it all comes together. That yellow is delicious. And I can't tell (because monitors don't always show true color) if you are using purple or periwinkle or both in the basket tops, but whatever it is, it glows against that yellow!

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  6. Your basket block is perfect. I can't believe it's only 5". Hugs, Cathy

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  7. Life and quilts are just a box of chocolates!

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  8. Oh, I loved Whitman's Chocolates! Even saved some of those pretty boxes. What a clever start to Cecile and Corinne's SAL with those cute, cute baskets. Can't wait to see more!

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  9. Love that yellow! Your baskets are so pretty!

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  10. What a great start. How can anyone ever go wrong with chocolates as a prompt?:)

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  11. Great idea - looking forward to seeing how it all turns out!

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  12. You’re right - that yellow background fabric is gorgeous and the other colors, especially the blues, look great against it. Can’t wait to see more of the piece!

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  13. Wendy, your basket blocks are just adorable, and I love the fabrics you've selected. I'm sure it's not just me, but I'm always excited when I see a fabric I have in my own stash!
    *hugs*
    Tazzie
    :-)

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  14. I love your theme so much!!! those old ads are a hoot and so are you
    xoxo

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  15. What fun and it will be interesting to see what applique blocks you do!

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  16. Ooh those blocks are tiny at 5”!! So sweet.

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  17. I hadn't made the connection between sampler quilts and chocolate. Now that that link has been made, I will be thinking about chocolate every time I see a sampler quilt.

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