Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Splendid Sampler II, it's my turn!

Good morning!
It's time to share my block, Little Willow, on page 112 in the Splendid Sampler II.  For those of you new to my blog, I'm Jenifer Gaston, owner of Woolen Willow Designs, and Owner/Partner of Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine. I've been quilting for 25 years and sewing since I was a little girl. 

The designers were to say what their happy place was, and that was hard to answer. I'm most happy with my Granddaughter and family! But I really do love being in my sewing room playing with my cotton and wool! When I was a little girl, I used to count willow trees, which I love, on car rides to see family that lived far away, and my parents planted one for me when I was 12. I tend to put a lot of them in my designs, and the name of my former quilt shop with my sister Gretchen was The Woolen Willow. Here is my block!
This block was adapted from a larger quilt I designed for our magazine back in 2011, with a 12" block. So to shrink it down, I needed to use paper piecing. I don't do much paper piecing, so I was happily surprised at how it turned out. The trick to making it work is to get that 1/4" seam perfect when you make the strip sets, and when you piece the sections together.  The block on the right was my trial block before I made the one for the book. the one on the left will go in my Splendid Sampler II quilt! I have several blocks made, and hope to get time to get more done in the weeks to come! 
Here are the blocks I have made so far!
This is such a fun project to be a part of, and I'm so thankful to have been asked to join the designer team, thanks Pat and Jane!  To celebrate, I would like to offer a giveaway prize of my book with Martingale, Primitive Style, and a one year subscription to Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine! Just comment once below, or on my Facebook posts about the Splendid Sampler, or you can follow me and comment on my Instagram post @Jenifer Gaston.  Be sure to check back, as there is a great Mystery Quilt post coming up tomorrow, and you just might see a sneak peak of it at the bottom of that last photo! Check out www.splendidsampler.com for more information on prizes and other blocks being released and join in the fun on the Facebook group as well! 

Have a Splendid day!
Jeni

www.woolenwillowdesigns.com, 

58 comments:

  1. Your block is wonderful. Willows are so beautiful trees.

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  2. Thank you! I agree about Willows, and wish my current yard was big enough to have one!

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  3. Jeni thank you so much for being part of our project I can't wait to make your willow block!

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    1. Thank you very much Pat! It’s been fun, and I plan to work on a couple blocks today myself!❤️

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  4. Love the willow tree and can’t wait to add your design to my Splendid Sampler blocks! We are neighbors just across the Ohio River.

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    1. Oh thank you!!! Have we met Rita? Were you a customer of our shop?

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  5. Love your block. The willow has always been my favorite tree.

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  6. Jeni, your blocks make my heart happy!!! They are beautiful and that is going to be one amazing quilt, I too love willow tree's. We had them in our yard of my childhood home, and I loved playing under them. They are so fitting for the prim look I love in my wool projects. This is the first time I have seen one put into cotton and I just love it!!

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    1. Awe, thank you! I hope you enjoy making it!

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  7. I'm loving all the blocks and your willow is super fun!

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  8. I am so glad you made a willow block!! They are one of my favourite trees. They are tightly intertween with my childhood memories, too. It's a beautiful block. Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you soooo much!! You are welcome!

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  9. It's a joy to see your block, such a great representative of the Primitive Quilts style, which I love. I haven't been making the Splendid Sampler blocks but I'm following along and it's fun to see how everyone's blocks "look like them".

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    1. Thank you!!! Maybe you’ll join in and make a smaller quilt of your favorites! I’m making my favorites from book 1 and book 2!

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  10. Willow trees are a special tree for me. So happy to make your block representing a willow tree.

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    1. Wonderful! I hope you’ll post your block photo when you are done and tag me so I can see it!

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  11. I love willows too an am pleased to add one to my Splendid Sampler two quilt. Who knows it may show up in other quilts as well!

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    1. Hehe! I have a feeling it will show up in a few more of mine as well! Thank you!

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    2. Congratulations Rena! You won the Give away Prize! If you’ll email me atwoolenwillowdesigns@gmail.com with your contact info, I’ll mail you the book and get your subscription ordered!! Yay!!!!!

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  12. I love your willow tree block. Takes me back to my childhood hiding under the willow tree on the playground.

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  13. Love Willow trees, they are so graceful.

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  14. I love your block BUT I cannot wait to see your crazy seasons block tomorrow!!! I know it's going to be magnificent, like all of your work!!

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    1. Oh wow! You made tears come to my eyes! Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  15. Love your block! Willow tress are special to me too - there was one in the yard of the house I grew up in.

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  16. I am like you when it comes to Willow trees. I have loved them since I was a small child, & I too would look for them while travelling on summer vacations! I never have had a property big enough to own one unfortunately.

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  17. I love willow trees too, I think they are so graceful. Love your blocks all of them Thank you for giveaway. hope I can win, good luck to all.

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  18. I have a fascination of willow trees too and am always happy when a mystery quilt pattern includes them!

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  19. I love all the blocks in your sampler quilt, but especially the little girl.

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  20. A comment on Crazy Seasons Mystery Quilt Sew-A-Long mentioned you were on Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler II today with your block. Checking it out. :-)

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  21. Love all the block including the willow. Your style os my fav.

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  22. Jeni, yours is one of the first blocks I made, as willows were a strong memory in my childhood. My grandparents had a large willow in their front yard with branches that reached the ground all around. It was our special private play house when we visited them. My sewing has improved since I made your block so I may redo it this week if time permits! Thanks for the memory!

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    1. Awe, thank you so much! I hope you’ll post a picture of your block!

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  23. I love your willow tree!!! I grew up in Illinois with willow trees everywhere but when I moved to Texas, willows were few and far between. Lucky me, the current house we live in has a beautiful willow right acrossed the street from us in the neighbor’s front yard!!! I look at it everyday and it reminds me of home!! Thanks for your willow tree pattern! It will make a lovely addition to my SS2 quilt!!

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    1. How sweet!! You’re welcome, and thank you too!

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  24. Your Willow tree is a great block for the splendid Sampler.
    Willow trees remind me of spring and pussy willows.
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  25. Thank you for the story on your willow tree block. I love the creativity shared by all the Splendid Sampler designers.

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    1. You’re welcome and thank you for your kind remarks!

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  26. I grew up playing 'house' under our willow tree in our yard. Great block!

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  27. Nice block - I couldn't wait to make this one. I spent many hours reading under our weeping willow tree.

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  28. What a wonderful memory! Thank you!

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  29. I'm looking forward to doing this block real soon! I have loved reading of all the so many quilters!

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  30. Thank you Serena! I hope you post a photo of it when you get it done!

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  31. thank you
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