Tuesday, December 6, 2011

1880s Sampler

Elaborate Shoofly
My second attempt at this block and yea! Happy with this one. It is spot on 5 1/2 inches (unfinished)!!! These little guys are so much fun. This one, altho not perfect, is a keeper. Also changed the medium fabric from the first block. Better contrast with this one.

I had to force myself to sew a full 1/4 inch seam allowance instead of a scant 1/4 that I am in the habit of. Just one thread over made all the difference. Also, discovered that my needle was lightly bent and not hitting dead center. After a needle change and adjusting my seam allowance this block is just the right size.

Cheryl's posts and instructions on her 1880s Sampler blog are great! There are two outstanding quilters from Australia that have kept up with Cheryl. At the end of the year they will have all their blocks finished and ready for setting.

It's going to be sad to have the Sampler as well as the Civil War BOW both end soon. Barbara Brackman posted that she plans to keep her blog up until the middle of next year. She is also putting the CW quilt into a new book.

Until tomorrow...


  1. You did a fabulous job on this pesky block. I don't plan on taking the patterns down for awhile, so just have fun with them.

  2. 5 1/2 inch blocks?! Wow!
    I too tend to sew a scant 1/4 inch seam. Maybe that's why I'm having problems with my BOM blocks. Or the pattern is just wrong. Lol


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