It’s almost ACTUAL summer here on PEI.

And time for another block in my own personal first ever Wicked and Wonderful Legendary Modern Sampler Quilt. Just so you know, I’ve pretty much decided to blog about a sampler block on the 1st and 15th day (middle) of each month until December with an extra block thrown in once in a while so the whole quilt can be done and dusted by the end of the year.

But before we get to the next block, I’m curious if you are having a great spring where you are. We definitely are! The folks who owned our home before we bought it in 2014 were tremendously gifted gardeners. They designed the garden for constantly evolving beautifulness which is best seen from the windows in the breakfast nook, family room or back porch. Every time I look outside something else is blooming and this continues almost daily ’til the end of summer. We are so lucky to live here. I say this out loud every day.

So anyway spring colours were the theme in my head when I started imagining Block 3 in my Wicked and Wonderful Legendary Modern Sampler. Specifically I was thinking about the pops of colour in early spring flowers like crocuses, daffodils, tulips and forget-me-nots. So imagine my delight when I found this adorably different flower/star block. The block’s name is Penny Lane and it’s part of the Block Rock’n series by Julie Hirt. I found it on Craftsy, but you can find it Here as a free paper-piecing pattern download at Six Two Seven Handworks.

It’s a stunner isn’t it. Only trouble is, gee whiz…before I finished making it, I had fallen head over heels in love with yet another block from another maker. This one is called Whirling Star and it’s also a free paper-piecing pattern. It’s from the Solstice Stars series of quilt blocks and I downloaded this free pattern from Fresh Lemons Quilts.

Yikes….what to do? What would you do if you had to choose one of these two quilt blocks? It’s dang near impossible to choose isn’t it. Well my friends, one of these is going on the front of the quilt and the other is going on the back. Which is which? I don’t know yet.

Before I go here is a foto I took sitting on the loveseat on the back porch on June 1 while I was planning Block 3. Please don’t hate me because I live in an itty bitty piece of paradise.


  1. thedarlingdogwood says:

    You really do live in paradise; what a great view! I love both your blocks, but Penny Lane is my favorite–it’s stunning!


  2. I cannot choose between the blocks. I do envy that lovely scenery, even though I know how short Canadian summers can be! That lush, green picture clearly shows that you do not suffer from scorching, dry summers.


  3. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    That’s a gorgeously framed view you have out of your door.


  4. zippyquilts says:

    Those are some fancy blocks! It is real summer here in North Carolina 😎


  5. I definitely don’t hate you, but I am so very very jealous of you right now! Most of our grass has turned yellow from the heat and lack of rain. I will just have to look at your beautiful picture and imagine I am in a bit of your paradise! I am also jealous of your modern blocks. Really, I am so going to have to try my hand at one of these some day. Did you say there was a book or a QAL you are following?


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