Splendid Sampler and Fairy Tale WiPs


I’ve been making the Splendid Sampler blocks alongside Ulla and Simone (see sidebar). This is what 1-61 looks like.


There will be 100 blocks eventually.


Some of these blocks are incredibly detailed considering 2 designs are released each week  (Thursday’s and Sundays). Some weeks these are all I’ve managed.


The One Day Box is a trunk where I put hand knitted baby/children sized items, and books which my one day grandchildren can enjoy. Although the rate at which society is developing, I wonder if childhood will resemble the childhood I gave my children. Will they still use books or will they learn to read on baby I pads? Anyway this merino wool jumper in aged 3-4 years is for the one day box. I’m seeing if I can add a beanie style hat from the left over yarn at the moment, so I guess this is a WiP set.

imageThe 2 crochet bags I shared last time have now been lined in a cute hexagon print. I added a phone sized pocket too.


Now it feels like I can tick them properly off my list. When I created the Wanna Make List back in January, I hadn’t thought that we would be finally moving house so I am WAY behind on it.

These Fairy Tale blocks were made partly at the old house and the last ones finished in Norfolk. This is the first time they have been laid out together.


I’m currently adding frames to each block, then I need to cut 272 2.5″ squares to finish the centre part of this quilt.

I forgot to share this lap rug in crochet. It is a design called Suncatcher Block. I liked it as it resembled stained glass windows. I then added rainbow borders to the 4 blocks, then a lot of black. I like how it turned out. I still need to sew those yarn tails in though. Yuk! There is always one part of a craft I like less than others. In crochet it is definitely the final neatening up after you think you’ve finished.

So that is all for now, a fair bit of WiP but the bags have finally left the craft room after a lot of dithering about whether or not to line them. A little victory for the Tick List.

Posted in Crochet, Knitting, Quilts by with 6 comments.


  • Anne Marie says:

    You have been very busy Melanie.. I love your Splendid Sampler blocks. Some of the blocks looks kind of complicated 🙂
    and your mushroom quilt is adorable !!! Your knitting is as always wonderful and I like the idea of putting them in a box for later use….
    I am of to Alsace tomorrow visiting the patchworkfestivalen i Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines with 20 other norwegian ladies. I am very excited and looking forward to this trip. Take care.

  • jeanie says:

    Oh, that pink quilt is enchanting and I love the colors in the sweater! It’s starting to be knitting season again!

  • So happy you are back to crafts… more like fun than work. You have been busy! Love the little sweater. So sweet.

  • Suzie says:

    Prolific as usual! Your Splendid Sampler blocks look pretty all in different pink fabrics. I admire your patience for all the applique blocks, pretty, too! I really like your idea for the One Day Box, your grandchildren will love it no matter how times change.

  • Tracy says:

    LOVING the Splendid quilt with all the P*I*N*K :))) Your Fairy Tale quilt is so much fun too…Such HAPPY quilts you’re working on! That little jumper is too cute–love the colors of that self-striping yarn. And those bags are wonderful–and beautiful linings! How you manage to fit all this in between so much else always amazes me, my friend! Happy Days ((HUGS))

  • Annie Coe says:

    Melanie, seriously when do you sleep? Beautiful makings as usual.xoxo