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?

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