I have been following along with The Splendid Sampler quilt along.  I’m not making every block as I have too many projects going on.  However, every now and then a pattern has struck me and I’ve just HAD to make it.  This happened recently and it was great timing as it was an embroidered block and I was looking for something to do while waiting for my car to be serviced.  I love projects that are portable.

This block is called Crocheted Thoughts and is by Alyssa Thomas.

I found some blue variegated thread in my container and was thrilled.  Not only do I love blue, but I have SOOOOO much blue fabric.  I started pulling out of the bins and laying them out.  I take pictures with my phone so I can step back and get a better read.

At first I tried to use some fabrics that came together in a pack and moved them about a bit.

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But I wasn’t happy, so I tried a new arrangement.


I got closer with that arrangement.  I really like the center fabric, it is a very pale blue, but I didn’t like all the other blues around it.

So, I figured I would use some color theory and asked myself what the complementary color of blue is.  Answer is orange!

No way, orange with blue?!  There was no way I was going to like it, but I went to my orange fabrics and pulled some out.


Oh my goodness, I think I was falling in love.  But to be sure, I cut all the pieces out and laid out the block.


Yes, this is definitely a winner!

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The finished block is 6 inches.  Not sure what my plans for it is yet, right now I just enjoy looking at it.