Have you been following along with the Splendid Sampler? If you haven’t, it’s a 100-quilt block FREE pattern sampler quilt, with 2 new blocks every week! I designed a block for the Splendid Sampler later in the year! This Splendid year has just whizzed by! I hope you’ll pop over to the Facebook group and join in the fun!
In celebration of the Splendid Sampler halfway point, I decided to make Jane Davidson’s ‘Pencils’ quilt block. which was block #42. You can find the free pattern for ‘Pencils’ right here. It’s a paper-pieced block that goes together very quickly, and would even make a great first paper-piecing project, as each of the pencils go together nearly the same. I probably spent more time choosing the fabrics!
When I first saw this block, I could only see it as a feature for my Creative Maker Supply Case sewing pattern, so that’s what I did with my block! I used the medium-size case from the pattern and pieced some background fabric to the top and bottom of the ‘Pencils’ quilt block, then cut using the pattern pieces in the pattern. This pattern comes together in 2-3 hours (which is an estimate that I have heard from others sewing this pattern; I’m usually not keen to give my own estimate as I’m the pattern designer).
With school coming up, it’s the perfect back-to-school project for your favorite little one (the large size fits a notebook), but I omitted the mesh pocket on this particular case that I made because I planned it to hold my son’s iPad, which you can see, fits perfectly in the pocket. There are a million uses for this case, including crochet hooks, Lego’s, and tools to pick a lock (if you don’t believe me, just check out the pattern testers!).
In honor of reaching the halfway point of the Splendid Sampler, I am offering this great giveaway of some supplies that you’ll need to make a case of your very own! The giveaway includes the Creative Maker Supply Case pattern, a fat quarter bundle of Kona pinks, a selection of By Annie’s Mesh, and some 30″ zippers as well! One lucky winner will be chosen at random at 11:00pm CT on Tuesday, August 9th! Good luck!