Welcome, Splendids! Next block + a splendid tip for pressing seams

Double Dutch quilt blockBy Karen Soltys, Content Director at Martingale

Wow, it’s been over a year since I made my Double Dutch block for The Splendid Sampler 2. So far back, I can’t find a single photo of the process on my phone. Since I don’t have photos of my original block to share with you, I’ve made some new blocks in a different colorway to share.

By now, if you’ve been participating and sewing along since last fall, you’ve been honing your skills all along the way, so this little combo of mini Nine Patches and mini Shoofly blocks will be a breeze. But just in case you find pressing those short seams to be a little tricky, here’s a tip for you.

Strip SticksPressing Tip

Regardless of how small the pieces are, I press the seam allowances to one side. I’ve been doing it that way for 40 years (egad!), but if you want to press them open, you might like to try the Strip Stick from Primitive Gatherings. A half-round wooden molding is covered in canvas so you can use it to press seams open. It’s perfect for pressing long seams of strips sets, but you can use it for patchwork units too.

Don’t risk burning your fingertips. Instead, place the block or unit right side down with seam over the stick. Open up the seam a bit with your fingertips; the seam allowance tends to fall open, making it so much easier to press using the tip of your iron.

Double Dutch Quilt

If you enjoy making the 3″ Shoofly blocks and 3″ Nine Patch blocks that are joined into one 6″ Double Dutch block, you can just keep on going and make yourself a sweet little mini-quilt. I decided to celebrate the arrival of spring with a pink-and-green color scheme. I happen to love reproduction fabrics, so I used what are known as double-pinks and acid greens. In my quilt top, one of the fabrics I used isn’t a reproduction—it’s an actual fabric from the late 1800s. Can you spy which one it is? (Hint: It’s the double-pink that’s shown in the completed block photo.)

I’d love to see the colors you’d choose. Wouldn’t a totally scrappy version be fun?

I made nine blocks total, and with a border, this sweet-as-can-be quilt measures 22″ square. Just about the size of a fat quarter!

Thanks for following along on Pat and Jane’s sewing adventure. I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished Splendid Sampler quilts!

The Splendid Sampler 2How many blocks have you made from The Splendid Sampler 2?

  • 1 to 10
  • 11 to 20
  • 20 +
  • All of them!

Tell us in the comments!


33 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I have made 90 of 100! On the homestretch!

    —SM on April 11, 2019
  • I have made all blocks posted so far. Some executed nicely and some are just done. Learned a lot!

    —Sue Piraino on April 11, 2019
  • I have not made any yet as I don’t have the book yet!

    —Joann on April 11, 2019
  • I haven’t made any of the blocks but I’ve enjoyed watching the process of these quilts. They are really fun.

    —Barb Walsh on April 11, 2019
  • Just bought the book and am eager to get started!

    —Nancy on April 11, 2019
  • So far I have 70 completed. Love this wonderful project. I have PA Dutch heritage too, so this block is perfect for me. Thanks!

    —Michele on April 11, 2019
  • I don’t have that book so haven’t made any of the blocks. Are you giving away books? Would like one.

    Gracie Adams on April 11, 2019
  • I have made 6. I plan on completing all of them, but have to admit my plans sometimes go astray. I too use this stick for opening seams, it really helps. I just did some 4 inch blocks and found this stick invaluable.

    —Stephanie Woodward on April 11, 2019
  • I have not made any of the blocks. I have enjoyed seeing other quilters that have created the blocks and quilt.

    —carol on April 11, 2019
  • I have made 5, i plan on making them all, but I have to admit my plans sometimes go astray.

    —Stephanie Woodward on April 11, 2019
  • I have book #1 and so far have done 50 blocks.

    —Linda Dahl on April 11, 2019
  • I Have hand sewn 52 blocks from SS ll already. A lot of work to do yet 🙂

    —Eider Pacheco on April 11, 2019
  • I have made only a few

    —Hilda Krebs on April 11, 2019
  • I have completed 98 of the blocks! Doing quilt as you go so I will be done except for binding. So fun

    —Chris Bernard on April 11, 2019
  • None yet, but I do have the book, and I’m not giving up on myself!

    —Teri D. Gailey on April 11, 2019
  • I have only made 11-20 blocks in the Splendid Sampler 2, off to a bit of a slow start but I will get them done, enjoying them as I go.

    —Debra Ingle on April 11, 2019
  • I am still working on making the blocks from The Splendid Sampler. Life seems to have gotten in my way with taking care of aging parents, grown children, and grandchildren. But I keep working away!

    —Ann West on April 11, 2019
  • One to 10. Have not had a chance to do much sewing lately

    —Geri on April 11, 2019
  • I’ve made about 20, not sure exactly. A little slower than Splendid Sampler 1, but I am enjoying the journey

    —Nancy Edwards on April 11, 2019
  • I’ve made 50 blocks so far- Yippee I’m half way! This is my first sample quilt and have learned a lot! So fun!

    —Dawn Tenneson on April 11, 2019
  • I haven’t made any of the blocks.

    —Denise V on April 11, 2019
  • I’ve made all so far and only have 6 left to do. As I also have some bonus blocks and a few from Splendid Sampler 1, I have 98+ blocks done. I’ve learned a lot even though I’ve been quilting for many years!

    —Sherry Wheeler on April 11, 2019
  • 1 to 10 I think but the are lovely and used in various quilts

    —A.Bouwman on April 11, 2019
  • I haven’t made any yet, but I am anxious to start.

    —Kyra Franz on April 12, 2019
  • I have only made a few from Splendid Sampler #1 but love both books and plan to do more as time permits. So many really cute blocks!

    —Carole Block on April 12, 2019
  • I’ve made 11. Love the applique blocks.

    —Cheri Bergeron on April 12, 2019
  • I haven’t made any of the blocks yet but will get started when I get the book. I really like the Double Dutch block shown above.

    —debby on April 12, 2019
  • Unfortunately – none so far. On my to-do list! I love the Double Dutch block shown, especially the color choices, which is outside my usual box of colors!

    —Patty F. on April 13, 2019
  • I haven’t started … yet!

    —bookboxer on April 14, 2019
  • I have made none from SS2 but nearly all from the first go round with book 1. Loved the great ideas.

    —Charleen DiSante on April 14, 2019
  • I’m nearly at 70. The trouble is that I’ve made my favourites or ones I perceived to be easy so now I’ve got the harder/handwork ones to do!

    —Jen Dunn on April 16, 2019
  • Not many, probably around 10, just working on it between other projects

    —Michele on April 16, 2019
  • 20+

    —Jennifer Weldon on April 17, 2019

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