Block 2 – a spring basket for you x

It’s lovely to have you along on our Sampler quilt adventure, and share this months block – a spring basket for you x

Seeing the daffodils and primroses peek out from the melting snow means spring is here, so this month’s Sweetest Things Sampler block is an Easter basket, full of springtime wonders.

The first Easter baskets I remember were little paper and glue ones, made in primary school. When we returned from lessons, they’d been filled with speckled candy eggs. So now whenever I see little Easter baskets, I’m reminded of this and how little acts of kindness, mean a lot.

Block 2 can be pieced either as a simple basket (Option 1), or using Right Hand Triangles (Option 2).

Instructions for both available in downloadable PDF. Or applique basket directly onto background. Feel free to use your preferred method of applique for the eggs and bow. Perhaps even add a sprinkling of little spring flowers too.

So let’s hop to it… download template and tutorial

Or read on for more about the making of these blocks….

The fresh springtime colours of Caroline and Bespoke Blooms by Brenda Riddle, left me completely spoilt for choice selecting prints to use in this block. So much so, I ended up making two blocks – with a third one in the pipeline, cut and ready to be sewn, as we speak 🙂

The little speckled floral from Bespoke Blooms made perfect little eggs

While the brown ticking stripe from Caroline cut on the bias made an ideal handle.

For the applique, I used a mixture of blanket stitch and needleturn applique – using the tip of the needle to tuck the raw edges under. If your new to needleturn applique, you’ll find tips in the downloadable PDF tutorial.

Handsewing is really relaxing, and so any opportunity to hand applique, or hand quilt and I’ll find some way of fitting it in.

Do you have a favourite technique? We’d love to hear.

Also, we love seeing the Sampler blocks you make, so please share on Instagram using the hashtag #SweetestThingsSampler

The next Giveaway will be along soon, more to follow on Instagram and Facebook

Happy sewing, happy springtime

Dawn x X

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You light up my life

Just to say a huge and heartfelt thank you for the lovely comments, feedback and photos of your beautiful sewing projects, which can be seen in Customer projects.

They have helped us through this past 6 months more than you’ll ever know, providing a welcome distraction for me and my Mum from everything else happening around us, as Mum underwent chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

– thank you x X

It’s the little everyday kindnesses, like a smile, a kind word – that have helped keep us on an even keel through some difficult times. So thankful too for the incredible care my Mum’s recieved from the NHS doctors and nurses – they really are angels. We really are counting our blessings right now.

2015 is coming to a close and we’re looking forward together, to a fresh new year. We’re also hoping to very soon share some new sewing patterns, and competitions – so lots of happy times in store 🙂

Sending warmest wishes from our little hive, to yours, for a 2016 which is full of happiness, smiles and sunshine for you and yours.

Hugs, Dawn x X