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Hand in Hand: The Splendid Sampler

Welcome to my blog!  I’m glad you’re part of The Splendid Sampler and I’m glad you stopped by to learn a bit more about my block, Hand in Hand.

Finished block 1

Without a doubt, the most influential person in my life was my mom.  She was a sweet, gentle and intelligent lady.  She also happened to be very creative, especially when it came to needle and thread.  It’s her heart represented by the red, center square.

Mom college homecoming

Radiating out from her, there are future generations.  It’s my hope I can continue passing along this love of sewing & creating.Kendall sewing

I’d like to take a few minutes and share with you how I made my block.  All the designers were sent a bunch of Moda fabric & I ended up choosing these.  With Mom at the center, I knew I also needed to include blue, because I only have sons. Radiating gold represents going forward, Hand in Hand, generation to generation.

Cut fabric

I know many of you already use the Clearly Perfect Angles, so I’m sure it’s not a surprise you’d see it in my post.  But, truly, I can’t sew without it anymore, especially when it comes to 45° angles!!  I haven’t drawn a line in years!!!!Blog Featured image

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The first thing we need to do is create four half-square triangles.  Here I’m using the gray bands (Alignment B) on the Clearly Perfect Angles.  (Hint:  please visit here to see more details or see the images on my website).

No-waste half-square triangles

2 seams:  1/4″ on each side of the points.


Cutting apart

Cut apart between the stitching. Press.

Next, simply add the small red squares to the blue corners and stitch from point-to-point. (Alignment A)

Stitching flipped corner

Easy to chain piece!


Trimming flipped corners

Trim the seam to 1/4″ & press.

Now we’re going to move on to using the template.  Press your fabric in half the long way, wrong-sides together.

Pressing 1

Pin these gold pieces to the background rectangles.  Notice how the folded edge is at an angle and the raw edges match the edges of the rectangle in the left image.  Add a second rectangle, right-sides together, and pin.  Stitch a seam thru all of the layers with the raw edges on the long side.

Pinning triangle

Press these seams open and then create the triangle by opening the folded fabric.  Press.


Hint: Use a stiletto to help get sharp points.

Join the units you’ve created into three rows.  And stitch the rows together to form your block.

3 rows

Here’s a close-up, so you can see how the folded fabric creates dimension. (scroll down to the bottom of the page to see additional information for the block)

Close up of dimension

I’m fortunate to have my mom’s sewing machine.   I can’t image the hours she spent here…to think, every Easter and Christmas I had a brand-new dress.  Usually magically appearing in the morning after, I’m sure, sewing most of the night.  🙂

Block with Singer

And Grandma’s quilt hangs behind it.

For my sampler quilt, I’m using batik fabrics from Hoffman California-International Fabrics.  Aren’t the colors rich??

Hand in Hand Hoffman Batiks

If’ you’re interested in learning a bit more about my life, I was Aurifil’s 2016 February Designer of the Month. They included a nice blog post that you can see here.

I’ve so enjoyed having my granddaughters in my studio.  One of my most popular blogs was one I wrote for BERNINA featuring my oldest granddaughter.  It’s just a sweet story about making her dolly a quilt.

One thing I mentioned in the Aurifil post was that both my mom and I were Home-Ec teachers.  Although I haven’t been in the high school classroom for over 10 years, I still LOVE to teach.  If your guild, show or store is seeking instructors, please check out my teaching informationHow fun would it be to meet in person!!??!!

Now, back to what’s at hand…. I wanted to share with you some setting ideas using the block, Hand in Hand.  Isn’t it crazy how one block can create so many different patterns?

Setting ideas

And as an additional reference, here are instructions for creating the block using the Clearly Perfect Angles. (please use the Splendid Sampler template for correct scale of template).

Hand in Hand construction

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It’s been just splendid being apart of this journey Pat and Jane have created.  I hope you’re enjoying it as well!

38 Responses to Hand in Hand: The Splendid Sampler

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  2. Maryzee says:

    I’ve done a lot of paper piecing but never used a pattern where the designer gave exact measurements for the fabric pieces needed. It took away all of the guess work and made the process so much more enjoyable. Thank you for all of the time you took designing this pattern and making the directions so specific.

  3. Maria Wilson says:

    Thank you Kari for the tutorial on how to make your Hand in Hand Block. It has really helped me to make your block.

  4. Maria Wilson says:

    Thank you Kari for showing us how to make your block Hand in Hand… Really helped me make this block…

  5. Penny M says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. Very helpful.

    • Penny M says:

      And what a great story about your granddaughter’s doll quilt. My grandmother inspired me to sew. I watched her make me a summer top & matching shorts. She didn’t use patterns, just measured me. I’m not that good. I always used patterns for garments.

  6. Diane says:

    Hi Kari!
    Love the block…your story of choosing the block colors,….and your 301!! I have pieced on a Black Beauty 301 named Jackson for years.. I too, have pushed yards and yards of fabric through this wonderful machine that has such a lovely stitch!!!!!

    • Kari says:

      Hi Diane- It always makes me smile when people know the model numbers of these old machines. I know it was one of my mom’s treasures. I hope you and Jackson continue to enjoy the Splendid Sampler experience!!

  7. Ruth says:

    Dear Kari
    I have been using your Clearly Perfect Angles on all my triangle blocks for the Splendid Sampler, it is wonderful and I’d be lost without it.
    Love your block design! Can’t wait to make it first thing Monday morning. My mom taught me to sew, too. I intend to honor her in my version. Thanks.

    • Kari says:

      Thanks for the nice note, Ruth. I’ve heard from so many how the CPA has not only increased their production, but how much more accurately they stitch 1/4″ seam. Weren’t we lucky to have such special moms?!?!!?

  8. Barbara Chronister says:

    Is clearly perfect angles the same as The Angler 2 by Pam Bono Designs,Inc.? I have The Angler 2 and will use it if the same thing.
    Thank you,

    • Kari says:

      No, the Clearly Perfect Angles is made from window cling material. If conforms to your machine bed, absolutely no taping or edges to catch. There’s a Fabric Alignment Key right on the product. It’s larger, color-coded, has additional sewing guidelines, doesn’t need a key to align, etc. A few of the techniques are the same. This has been selected by American Patchwork and Quilting as one of “20 Notions Every Sewing Room Needs”, along with other recognitions since it was introduced in 2008. Please let me know if you have any other questions, Barbara

      • Barbara Chronister says:

        Kari, Thank you so much for your detailed answer to my question concerning the Angler 2. The reason I asked is I had bought it several years ago and never used it. Life got in the way and I pretty much gave up sewing so it got tucked away in a drawer. Seeing yours sparked a memory so I dug it didn’t want to open it and bother with it if I could not use it for this purpose. You were very helpful Kari!

        • Kari says:

          You’re welcome. I’m just so glad you are sewing again! You know the old saying….”Sewing mends the soul.” Enjoy the Splendid Sampler journey!!

  9. Mary Wright says:

    I absolutely love this block! Your tutorial is great for it. This is my son’s favorite block so far of the Splendid Sampler- He is 23 and frequently coordinates the colours in the quilts I make.

  10. Joan says:

    What a beautiful and unique block! I bought your Perfect Angles about 3 blocks ago and I already can’t imagine going back to not having it! I have a front drop in bobbin but the ease of sewing seams is worth the little extra effort of pulling the cling away from the bobbin area to replace the bobbin. Thanks again!

    • Kari says:

      Thanks for your comment Joan. I can make you love the CPA even more! Instead of taking it off, just roll the front edge under the needle until you can access the bobbin. When you’re done, just smooth it right back into place. As long as it’s stuck on the back side, it will go right back into place without having to reposition it! Let me know if you have questions.

  11. Peggy Murphy says:

    Where are you from? Would you come to Rhode Island to lecture/ present a workshop?

    • Kari says:

      Hi Peggy. I live in Minnesota, but travel all over teaching. I would love to visit you in RI!! I’m booking into 2017 already. So, let me know what you may be thinking. Thanks for asking!

  12. Sandra Gregoire says:

    Loved your story Kari and thanks so much for your tutorials to help us in making this beautiful block.

  13. Wendy Ewing says:

    Are the statics universal to all machines? I hate marking squares. Beautiful block

    • Kari says:

      Hi Wendy, Yes, the CPA can be used on any machine. You just need to customize the cutting! Once you get it, I’d be happy to answer any specific questions. Enjoy the block!

  14. Nancy Anderson says:

    Great tutorial. Thank you!

  15. Clare says:

    Gorgeous block design. Thank you.

  16. Kathy Biggs says:

    Thanks Kari! I absolutely LOVE this block and the added texture from the folded unit. Sweet story, and the photo of the little girl sewing barefoot peeking through the machine is precious.

    • Kari says:

      You’re welcome. I love dimension, too!! The little blondie is my oldest granddaughter. She’s the one in the BERNINA blog if you get a chance to read that one. 🙂

  17. kshackabq says:

    Thank you, Kari, for this block and the wonderful instructions. I have (and have used!) your Perfect Angles!

  18. Sarah Stein says:

    I loved your story behind your block and I can’t wait to make this. Thank you for sharing your time and talent.

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