Block 45 – Sewing Nut

45 Splendid Sampler Frances Newcombe block multi

Designer: Frances Newcombe

Techniques :  Applique

Blocks by Designers (L to R, Top to Bottom): Frances NewcombeMelissa Corry,  Pat SloanJoan FordJane Davidson, and Lynette Anderson


Are you looking for the downloadable pattern? As from 19th February 2017, they are no longer available at this site.  For your convenience, we have placed them all in one comprehensive book which will be available  April 2017. 

  • 100 eye-catching designs from over 80 designers that use a wide range of techniques, including traditional patchwork, applique, foundation paper piecing, and embroidery
  • A number of the 6-inch blocks are shown in two colorways for twice the creativity
  • Be inspired by gallery quilts featuring carefully selected placement options for your Splendid Sampler blocks
  • Bonus blocks projects are not included in the book and can be found here.

Pre-order your copy here.  Amazon US, Book Depository, Fat Quarter Shop



Frances Newcombe Motto:  “Don’t worry about making the perfect block – just enjoy the process. “

Visit France’s blog today to see the cute mini she has made using the ‘Sewing nut’ block.

Frances is a talented illustrator and motion graphic artist. This  little squirrel is one of Fran’s inspirational paintings for her block today.

squirll copy

I was very blessed to team up with Frances last year to design our first collection – Manderley – with Moda. Fran is so much fun to work with. Listen to our interview with Pat Sloan.


Roxanne applique glue is 100% water soluble and washes out even after ironing. Perfect for securing applique pieces. Buy here.


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