This week’s block is by Lori Kennedy and features my favourite technique – applique (ok so one of my favourites) Of course I used my applique paper method and left out the piecing part. they're starting to make a nice...

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Splendid sampler block 6


This week’s block is by Lori Kennedy and features my favourite technique – applique (ok so one of my favourites)


Of course I used my applique paper method and left out the piecing part.

they're starting to make a nice little display now..I shall have to take a pic of the bunch soon to see them altogether.

how are yours looking together – starting to look like a quilt?


til next week – actually I might miss next week as I’ll be enjoying some sunshine in Bali – just a wee break….

until next time

happy stitching



Splendid Sampler block 5

pointtaken copy

This weeks block is pieced – and is designed so you don’t have to have perfect points – hence the name ‘point taken’ and is designed by Susan Ache. Susan is Yard Girl 60 on instagram and specializes in machine pieced quilts and blocks.


You can download and print the free pattern here.


happy piecing – a little break from handwork this week!

hugs from Helen


Splendid Sampler block 4

Im on a roll here so while I running hot here is block 4!


this weeks block is from Wenche Wolff Hatling   and this is my little version.


yes my little elephant is backwards because I lazily traced the shapes onto applique paper without reversing – I should/could have just traced on the shiny side but obviously didn’t – and what does it matter?  I at first thought I’d misaligned and decided my not so little elephant is doing star-jumps and will land very soon!

If you want to see my method of needleturn applique I have tutorials available here.

Simply Applique - the Hugs 'n Kisses way


I have been so excited to see so many versions of my blocks popping up over the last week – and although some have struggled with new methods its great to see so many learning and achieving something new….

There have been many photos in the FB group and many on instagram.. Don’t forget to share your block and tag me helen_stubbings  (AND follow me) on IG to be in with a chance of winning your own EPP Iron on clamshells.

ig ss2 giveaway

There are still four more monthly prizes up for grabs.


happy stitching



What a simply Splendid day it is!

The Splendid Sampler II coming soon

How exciting is it that I was invited to be a designer in the second series of the Splendid Sampler?

And I even made the cover! so yes, you get my block for free to get one step ahead before the book ships!


We are taking preorders for these books at Quarter Inch - and we'll send you them as soon as they arrive in October  - you can order the first one too if you'd like.

The lovely team of Pat and Jane sent me a bunch of fabrics from Moda


and Erin at Aurifil some threads to play with.

IMG_8300We could use any method, design or technique we wanted so of course I included two of my faves…..

 embroidery….. (note: I used Presencia Finca Perle#16 threads for the embroidery)IMG_8291

and English Paper pieced clamshellsIMG_8290

Of course many people may not have tried these methods before (and I always like to teach something new to even one stitcher out there) so I won’t leave you in the cold…

You can join in my FREE series of embroidery lessons and learn every hint and tip I can give you (just click on the pic below)

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and if you need help with clamshells?  well I have a unique product for English paper piecing – they are EPP Iron-ons – yes, iron on leave in epp templates… They are cut from my Applique paper which is a semi water soluble paper with a fusible on one side. So you just iron them on, and leave them in!  You can see the step by step tutorial for clamshells by clicking on the pic below.

If you’d love to have the EPP Iron-ons to make your block you can get them here. (and why would you do it any other way!)

Clamshells the Hugs 'n Kisses way

And for even more information and free help on my paper and method subscribe to my Youtube channel where there is a ton of information and technique how to’s for you.

Channel Art Template (Fireworks)

To celebrate my day, let’s have a little competition! Over on Instagram…. Follow me (on IG) and share a pic of your version of my block….(don’t forget to tag me so I find it @helen_stubbings)


I’ll choose two new followers over the next two days (for those quick off the batt) – and one tagged pic (per week on Fridays) over the next month to send a free pack of EPP Iron on Clamshell papers to..findusoninstrgram

I do so hope you love my block, learn a new tip or technique and keep on stitching along with the Splendid sampler team….

can’t wait to see them all appearing!splendidsampler

what to do now?

Sign up for free embroidery lessons

Order your clamshell EPP Iron-on papers

Watch the tutorial

Gather your fabric and threads

Follow me on Instagram

Post your block to win! (and you have to tag me! @helen_stubbings)


happy stitching

hugs from Helen


Splendid sampler block 2


Now- don’t get too excited-  I'm starting off well but I'm liable not to last too well… I won’t be blogging for every block but the first few I thought I’d tell you how I made my versions and add a bit of help here for you if you are struggling or new to some of these techniques…

So the week two Free block is Milk and Cookies by Rebecca Bryant  and has a little applique and a little machine piecing.



I traced the wedge templates onto the dull side of my applique paper and pieced them together using my English Paper piecing method – ie whip stitch.

I then glued and appliqued the centre circle on by hand.

I machine pieced the background block using Kari Carr’s Clearly Perfect Angles tool to assist – and then machine appliqued the circle to the background.


You can find my range of fabrics here

Basically Hugs


and lots of Videos to help you with EPP, hand and machine applique by clicking on the images below….

epp the hugsnkissesway

Simply Applique - the Hugs 'n Kisses waySEtting upyour Bernina 750 for invisible machine applique


Im up next week! so watch this space (blog) and Instagram for some chances to win!!!

hugs for today



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