Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Splendid Sampler Quilt Blocks | Giveaway

Hello and happy Valentine's Day! Today is the year anniversary of the release of the first free Splendid Sampler block pattern. Now that all of the patterns have been released, we are gearing up for the release of the finished book which will include all of the patterns!


I mentioned the other day that I was able to sew together my Splendid Sampler

blocks last week while I attended a quilt retreat!Here are a few more photos and close ups.  I'm really happy with how this quilt turned out.


I was able to piece all of the blocks, and add sashings, posts, and side and corner setting triangles all from my scraps and stash.


I did run to the store yesterday and purchase a Chestnut Street floral for the outer border. I can't wait to put it all together!


This quilt just makes me smile...not to mention it really reminds me of spring which is just around the corner.
 

There will be some fun giveaways going on today...visit the Splendid Sampler home page to enter the main giveaway (three winners...one from the US, one from Australia, and one from another country). There are also a lot of Splendid Sampler block designers (including me) hosting individual giveaways today. Leave a comment below on what you find most inspiring about the Splendid Sampler blocks and quilt along, and I'll send some quilty goodies to one commenter.  Giveaway open until Tuesday, February 21st.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Patty D from NC said...

I really enjoyed the sampler and finished piecing my quilt top last night. The fact that each block was so different and I learned some new skills made this a fun QAL.

Sarah said...

This has been a great skill builder, as well as encouraged me to try different style blocks. I always tend to go for the same 'look,' so following along with the Splendid Sampler has challenged me. :) (not finished yet, though)

Janet said...

I guess what I find most inspiring is that you've got that top all done and together! Now I want one. Been collecting Fig Tree scrap bags and may have enough! Thanks for the opportunity!

piecrust said...

What I love most is the variety. Any choice of fabric and any skill level could make these blocks work.

Joyce Carter said...

I really, really love your top. I can't wait to finish mine. I have been inspired by all the different blocks and techniques in this sew-a-long. I have learned some new things and found out that I didn't like doing some of them---like paper piecing. It has been a wonderful experience. Thank you for the giveaway.

stampincj said...

I loved that there were quilters from all over the world! Made the world a smaller place for me! I feel like I found friends from many new places.

shannon miller said...

Splendid sampler inspired me more than I can express. It allowed me to go out of my comfort zone time and time again to try new methods, which has been able to make me much more comfortable with those methods. I absolutely loved seeing so many different interpretations of the same block from all over the world. I am so sad it's over - twice a week for a year I would look up the new block first thing while having coffee and decide how best to tackle it and plan my fabrics. I'll really miss it.

cynthia said...

I enjoyed the incredible variety of designs.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

The thing I like most is seeing how blocks for so many designers using so many quitt methods look amazing together.

Jill Shelton said...

I love being challenged and the Splendid Sampler did just that. Paper piecing, embroidery and working with tiny pieces to create amazing 6" blocks.

C Murphy said...

Being new to quilting this really made me step outside my comfort zone and try something new although quite scary! I didn't finish yet but I'm determined to do so! Thanks for the lessons!
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Margaret said...

The thing I find most interesting, is how each participant's blocks look different, based on the fabrics they've selected. It'll be fun to see how people finish their blocks - the setting, borders, etc.

Quilter said...

My inspiration was a desire to try new techniques. I usually make quilts with straight line sewing--log cabins, t-shirt quilts etc. But after doing The Splendid Sampler I know I can try any technique and accomplish it!

Caro said...

It's so interesting to see the variation in 100 (or is it 99?) different blocks. And they all look wonderful together as well.

Aurea said...

Hi. This was the best experience. Although I have been quilting many years this made me realize here is still a lot to learn and improve upon. I still have 25 blocks to make but determined to get all of them done. Thank you.

helen said...

I have loved following your progress on your blog of this beautiful quilt. Thank you

Marge Durham said...

There are so many really great blocks - want to make them all - and they are small so I can use scraps

Beth LaMotte said...

This quilt was a great way to learn new skills and stretch my imagination! "Sew many fabrics, sew little time" became a favorite saying of mine over the past year.

Gloria Cotten said...

I love that every block is different and teaches new skills. I also like seeing the different color combos. Cotten.gloria@gmail.com

Afquilt said...

I love that so many different styles all go together! So many things to learn!

Jane said...

Every block is unique and so beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

mamacita007 said...

Loved meeting and learning from all the designers and quilters "world round"! Making color and fabric choices has been my weakness and this Splendid Sampler challenge has pushed me out of the box and helped me feel more confident with my own choices. I also loved having instant feedback from photos logged onto the Facebook site and enjoying others choices of colors. Thanks for being a designer and for the giveaway! judieharron@yahoo.com

Podunk Pretties said...

Your quilt is gorgeous, great fabrics. With so many blocks in a book, several different quilts could be made. Thats a winner in my book!

mamacita007 said...

Loved meeting and learning from all the designers and quilters "world round"! Making color and fabric choices has been my weakness and this Splendid Sampler challenge has pushed me out of the box and helped me feel more confident with my own choices. I also loved having instant feedback from photos logged onto the Facebook site and enjoying others choices of colors. Thanks for being a designer and for the giveaway! judieharron@yahoo.com

quilter said...

My inspiration was seeing the quilting community coming together! Sew many new blocks, trying new techniques-or rusty techniques. Seeing all the different colorways, I could go on but I think you get the idea!
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robin said...

I love how beautiful and creative each individual can be no matter their level of expertise!!

Tracey Holzer said...

Gorgeous quilt, Sherri!!

Janet Green said...

I am loving the splendid sampler. i find that I am drawn to the samplers. I tried every technique faithfully and discovered a love of hand stitching.

Joan said...

I enjoyed seeing all the different fabrics and combinations that came out of each block design. Your blocks all together look fantastic.

Joan said...

Your sampler quilt is beautiful. I loved all the different techniques and samplers are my favourite.

cannewa said...

I had a blast quilting along with people all over the world! I have gained confidence and now I can tackle any project that comes my way! Thank you for sharing your block.

Anita said...

I loved learning new techniques making the blocks, now paper piecing is my new favorite!

Loris said...

I have loved seeing how different and inspiring the different quilters have made these blocks. The different fabrics make it so interesting and beautiful!

suzie4d said...

I especiallly love your choice of colors! Especially since you used fabric from your stash.
This quilt inspired me to use fabrics entirely from my own stash. A trip to my local quilt shop is usually
where I end up. Your choice of blocks is also very appealing.
Thank you for inspiring me!

Terry said...

Most inspiring is the variety and techniques used.
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CaroleM said...

I love being forced to try things I normally wouldn't. Not that I would necessarily do it again, but at least I tried!

Margaret Lippert said...

Loved seeing all the variety of blocks people can come up with. And the different ways of putting them together, paper piecing, applique, embroidery all worked together to make a fun group of blocks.

PegP said...

The amazing variety of blocks and the variety of different fabrics everyone choose was very inspiring.

Cathy Calloway said...

The small blocks and sometimes tiny pieces were challenging, forcing me to learn greater care and precision. It has been satisfying to look back and see how I have improved over the year! Also, trying out so many different techniques, and getting to meet so many new designers was great. Love your happy SS quilt.

Dino said...

I learned so much about different techniques and even more about my self, my skills that I have and that I don't be am interested in acquiring. I perfected paper piecing-a skill I really wanted to understand. And more.... This has been an incredible journey

Kathy E. said...

Most definitely it is/was the variety of blocks offered in the Splendid Sampler! So many techniques were highlighted and how to use them to show off the blocks. I enjoyed seeing each one and stowing away the instructions to use when I can. They are all beauties!

Janet Ward said...

Sherri I think your quilt, it's blocks and the fabric that you used are simply fantastic!! What I have found to be so inspiring to me, is just that... thousands of quilters bound by a common thread �� Coming together to work on and do the same project is phenomenal, to see how each person's personality effects their choice of fabric, arrangement, and even how they interpreted each block was amazing! I fell in love with the whole shabang.... I have been able to do more precise piecing than ever before! I'm more relaxed in front of my machine and the amount of patience to work on blocks taking my time has vastly improved my overall ability to make a better project. The Splendid Sampler has definitely been a game changer for me, in the quilting world... and for that I'm grateful. It has been a wonderful journey as a Splenderette! Thank you for your coverage about the Sampler.

superstitches said...

I love that you can make it reflect your own personal style with fabric choices and layout design.

Robby H. said...

Sometimes samplers feel a little stodgy to me, but yours just feels full of life. Your border choice looks like a good one. I look forward to seeing this one all finished up.
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Sherry VF said...

I'm always looking for ways to use my scraps that doesn't look like a string quilt. This quilt blends neutrals, brights and even tan tones together in a pleasing setting. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

legato1958 said...

I love seeing how every person's quilt turned out so differently, with everyone using the same block designs! I learned that artistry and creativity are endless!
Your quilt is my favorite in the gorgeous Fig Tree fabrics!!
Susie

Suzy Kennell said...

I enjoyed knowing I had so many 'quilting friends' and that we were all enjoying the process.

KMSC said...

I loved seeing all of the various block designs and how talented quilt designers are! Your quilt top is gorgeous!

Kay said...

I love the variety of blocks, especially that they teach skills. I can have a go at just a few blocks or lots depending on how much time I have. Thanks for a fun giveaway. x

Hildy said...

I love that there are so many different blocks with a wide varity of techniques. Love how your sampler turned out!

walkingbush said...

Your quilt is so inspiring because of its scrappiness and it does make me think of spring :). Thank you for ALL of the inspiration you give us! Colleen

Sarah@123quilt said...

I'm really amazed by all the different skills and techniques used in these blocks! It makes me want to go out and try something new. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

daylily45 said...

I love your quilt. I only have #100 to sew up then I am ready to start sewing them together. I loved being in this challenge it kept me sewing when I thought I was just too busy to quilt. I managed to finish!!! What fun it has been

Laura said...

Love the soft "feel" to your quilt. I loved the splendid sampler blocks as a skill builder. It also helped me to see how these relatively small blocks could work together as a group. I also love that the blocks can be used standalone for small projects. Thanks to all the designers.

Sally said...

So many dedicated quilters! I admire the sewists who kept up with each block as they were published. And so many fun color combinations.

Crystal_235 said...

I love your quilt!! I enjoyed the splendid sampler. I learned many new things and I can't wait until I have a completed quilt to snuggle with!

The Crafty Creek said...

I loved making this quilt, it pushed me way out of my comfort zone and I learnt so much, it's been an inspiring year :-)

Sylvia Lyman said...

I absolutely loved the community that developed and the encouragement that flowed freely.

Carolyn said...

Loved blocks in a smaller size than I'm used to making and all the Gorgeous inspiration from everyone!

Helen said...

I love the inspiration provided by so many different blocks. It really makes me want to branch out and try new things. Also, I enjoyed seeing the blocks done differently by each quilter as they made them their own. Beautiful!

Jaz's Grandma said...

I especially enjoyed seeing all of the unique and gorgeous ways people made the blocks their own.

Deb said...

Love the idea that quilters all over the country were quilting these blocks at the same time and enjoying all the new skills presented. Thank you so much! Love your quilt!

Quilting Tangent said...

All the different block patterns are inspiring. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Esther Grimes said...

I liked how the whole project came in such cute small doses.

khowardquilts said...

I loved seeing what fabrics everyone used in their blocks to make them uniquely their own. There were some very talented people that made a masterpiece from each block; the two main stories that they told were about snowmen and another with geese (these could have their own picture books or calendars.

turner.jandc said...

I just really loved the challenge of it all and working with different techniques. Some of which I hadn't done in a while.

mangozz said...

There was such a wide variety of blocks and methods. Your quilt is one of the prettiest ones I've seen! It really does look like spring. Thanks.

Bobbie said...

This was a great skill builder project and I loved seeing all the different blocks be made in a variety of beautiful fabrics. Your quilt is beautiful. Thanks for a chance at your giveaway.

Unknown said...

I enjoyed the variety of the blocks which made it a great skill builder. It was also seeing the variety of the samples that were shown each time. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Sewgirl said...

I have been inspired seeing all the different colors that folks have made the quilt...so many beautiful combinations... colors I would never have put together...amazing. Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

Lisa Marie said...

I love that there are so many different designers for the blocks. I think it makes the collection so very interesting.

Tucks and frills said...

I learned to paper piece, I found new world wide quilting friends, and it was my first mystery quilt--which i enjoyed tremendously. I am no longer intimidated by tiny blocks! Thank you! It has been Splendid in every way.

Lori Isvik said...

Just love seeing what everyone is doing.

SimplyHis said...

When I first saw the Sampler Book the other day I couldn't imagine how all of the different blocks would turn out, but now you have completed such a beautiful quilt. I'm inspired and so happy that you posted this....thanks so much!!

Brenda said...

I loved all the blocks and the different skills featured in the blocks. Sad the 100 blocks are over.

Susan Smith said...

I think the thing that inspired me most about the splendid sampler was that it made me get out of my comfort zone. Trying different techniques and using them together in the same quilt are things I don't usually do. I love piecing and usually stick with that. The applique, paper piecing and embroidery really offered challenges that I don't normally attempt.

Pedal Sew Lightly said...

I made a few blocks and it was fun to see how everyone interpreted the blocks in their different styles.

Allison CB said...

Love all the different interpretations of the blocks and the creative designers!!! WOW - it has been a great year!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Lori said...

your quilt is lovely. that outer border will really pull it all together. I have enjoyed following the splendid sampler. I did not have time for it, it will get done this year. I really enjoyed that it had more than one kind of block.

Carol said...

Such an interesting collection of blocks! It will be fun to put them all together.

Rosa said...

Fabulous quilt and fabric combo.Try new methods ,different techniques, and see the variaty with fabric combo and how the block change change.

Lana Stewart said...

What inspires me the most are all of the happy colors which make it so cheerful! What a beautiful creation!

Pamela said...

Seeing the different "take" on the blocks by others has been inspirational to me, as is your wonderful idea for putting all the blocks together. I may well be inspired to replicate this idea for my scrap blocks Splendid collection. Thank you.

Maureeneh said...

I have enjoyed doing all the different techniques that were included in the Splendid sampler. I learned new techniques and perfected some others.
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Linda said...

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Love the designs and happy colors used! Thank Yoou for sharing!msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Evie H said...

I loved most of the blocks, but liked those that incorporated embroidery. I've only made a few blocks and intend to do more for a twin-size quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

Barbara said...

LOVE love love your quilt,and the border is tops!

Terry Helms said...

I think the most inspiring thing for me was how so many people came together for this quilt along. Designers and quilters from all around the globe focusing on one block or the next to come out. I think with the next QAL, we should have one positive word or thought that we all focus on for each week while we are making our block. It couldn't hurt, right?

Sharon McClurg said...

I enjoyed all the creativity from around the world - Many beautiful blocks were so inspiring. (I'm still working on my blocks - got sidetracked by "life"...)

Kellie Warren said...

I am not completely finished with mine due to multiple hospital stays because of lupus, but I had never done any embroidery at alleast whatsoever, so this terrified me. Add to that the fact that I started out behind and was constantly behind. But, i found a couple of friends in the group early that we messaged back and forth often for encouragement and questions and answers and sometimes just for giggles. This was the most inspiring thing to. I had decided to quit doing this project twice, but was nudged along by buddies. I will get it finished soon enough and I love the work I have done just as much as all my other quilts but this one means more because it was during such a trying time and I had sone much encouragement.

ckrut said...

I love your top! So light and airy. Printed out most of the blocks, but never could decide on what fabric to use. Lame excuse I know! Now that I see everyone's completed, I think I'm just going to jump in and do it.

Donna Pfost said...


This has been a journey for me!! It started out fast and then slowed down somewhere near the middle....I am still working on this and I have loved every minute of it. The English Paper Piecing was new for me...and quite a challenge for my mildly arthritic fingers. I was also reintroduced to foundation paper piecing, and I loved it as much as I remember. The thing that really was fun, though, was returning to embroidery!! My mother taught me to embroider when I was a little girl....probably about 7-8 years old. It was so fun doing the blocks as they brought back precious memories for me. Sadly, I lost my Mom in September two days before what would have been her 92nd birthday. So, now I am in catch-up mode....and enjoying every minute!! Thanks for this wonderful experience!! Its been a hoot!! :) <3

Debby said...

so many new skills learned was awesome for me

Sylvia Anderson said...

This quilt is like a smorgasbord (not sure this is spelled correctly) spread out in front of us, waiting to be picked up and taken to the sewing machine. Love it, even though I'm not caught up.

Karen said...

What inspired me was the commitment to detail. I sew by the seat of my pants. This forced me to slow down, be precise and pay attention. One of my paper pieced blocks just didn't work. After trying twice, I went back and realized the printing size was off!! Frustrating....but oh so, gratifying to see the block finally come together. Thanks for a fun ride!

mygeneration said...

I love seeing the variety of ways a design can inspire people and how different those interpretations can be. I was frequently amazed at how creative everyone was.

Ann Vipond said...

Seeing all of the blocks combined in one quilt is very inspirational! Also, it is a very dedicated quilter to keep up with all of the piecing of the beautiful blocks while taking on lots of other projects. LOVE IT!!

Fiona said...

I have found the use of colour and different techniques the most inspiring... thank you for yours...
Hugz

Valerie Neff said...

Most inspired by the huge community of quilters and sewers who went along for the ride..and what a ride it was !
Fun and educational .

Four dogs and one quilter said...

I really enjoyed all the different techniques used in the quilt. Have never done a sampler quilt before and it was a lot of fun.

WeGo Couriers said...

I have never been interested in a "scappy" quilt but the variety of blocks made this so much fun. The support and ideas from the many Splenderettes made this a wonderful journey. Thanks to the community and the wonderful teachers.

Kara B said...

It was inspiring to see how many different ways a single block could look. It pushed me to experiment more with techniques and color choices.

Teresa Erickson said...

Oh my gosh! I just learned sooooo much! I have been quilting - piecing, really, for about 25 years, but this sampler took me way out of my comfort zone and introduced me to so many different techniques. And that's not even touching on the fabulous designs we got to work with!! I'm not done yet (just finished block #80), but I should be finishing it yet this month. And since I didn't start until March, I'm going to pat myself on the back for sticking with it!! Such a fun quilting adventure!!

Jan Taylor said...

Sheri,
Every time you showed pictures of your blocks, it made me want to finish mine too. The reason this quilt means so much to me is that so many people were involved in this project. With our world seeming so torn apart right now, it was nice to feel part of a loving community. What a wonderful experience. BTY your quilt turned out fabulous! Hugs, Jan

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the opportunity to undertake such vast techniques, and improve my abilities & that amazingly give this sampler a unique look. All designers involved have done a fantastic job and should all be so proud of their contributions....now to finish mine as I only stumbled across this a couple of months ago. It has also been interesting looking at other completed blocks using varied colour combinations and how vastly different a block can look. Again thank you for the challenges....😘 Cheryl (Aussie)

Unknown said...

I found myself looking forward each week to release days, then I couldn't wait to get home and start the block. Some were well within my comfort zone and easy, others were a challenge, and some I had to alter to fit my current abilities. What a great experience, I was so happy to part of the fun.

Bubba and Nana said...

I have loved the process and learning new techniques. I really have enjoyed belonging to the FB Splendid Sampler and seeing all the variations of the blocks...I usually wait a few days to see some postings and then decide how I will do my block. Such creative and talented participants. I have five more to go Yeah.

SallyC said...

I loved how different everyones blocks were and you never knew if the next block would be easy or if you were going to learn something new. It is a very fun quilt.

Sandi1100 said...

I have not made any blocks yet but have read them all and saved them. There is such a nice variety of blocks and I'm looking forward to start as soon as I finish a couple of projects that I'm working on now. It's also been fun checking out everyone's Blogs.

Jen Barnard said...

The wide range of techniques in the blocks.
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Deborah said...

I thought it was wonderful how so many designers came together and contribute a block or a few blocks and I loved the little stories that they shared about the block they contributed. I didn't make them all, but I picked my favorites and made those. My thanks to everyone who made it such fund.

Renata S said...

I have enjoyed the variety of blocks. A few I won't make but others I love.

nanmade said...

I was inspired to see so many different style blocks working together.

Little Quiltsong said...

What I found most inspiring is how with so many different designers - each block design just fit in with the next. Each of these blocks really were and are 'Splendid'! You did a beautiful job with your quilt top - love the fabrics you chose throughout!!

Jennifer Soosay said...

I didn't participate in the Splendid sampler but I really want to get the book when it comes out

RaeLyn said...

Looking at all the blocks makes me think of all the new skills one can learn from doing all of them. Wow!

Audie-n-TX said...

For me it was most inspiring to see how the Splendid Sampler brought so many quilters together from all over the world.

Thanks for everything,
Audrea
Texas

Unknown said...

I loved how we had a variety of every type of quilt block that included every possible aspect of quilting. There were opportunities to learn so much about all the different quilting techniques. It was so fun to see everyones blocks and see the little things they did to make each block their own.

Woonkh W said...

The different techniques and designs really gave me challenges to use my fabrics. I am inspired to use my fabrics in a more creative way. No fabric is ugly.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Watching you create this quilt was a real joy. It is stunning!!

Charald Comeau said...

I enjoyed that it forced me to try new things.

Marcia said...

I have grown to appreciate Sampler Quilts. Lots of variety and lots of skills.

Pam White said...

I got to enjoy looking at beautiful variations of the same block. I got better with color.

JANET said...

Did not get to join in on this quilt along due to a couple family losses, but I love the quilts I am seeing, and would love to make one. Better late than never!

Gina said...

I learned to paper piece and though I've only done a few of these blocks I have had so much fun collecting all the patterns, reading the back story each of the designers wrote and watching everyone's quilts come together. So many different approaches in fabric choices, techniques, just a wonderful display of the variety in the quilting process.

Christine said...

The variety is so inspiring! Quilt blocks are so diverse!

Beth F said...

I enjoyed the community of quilters that grew around this project and supported each other! It was the best part of The Splendid Sampler--all the Splenderettes!

vickie mone said...

Hi - thank you for being a part of The Splendid Sampler. This was my first mystery quilt. I was nervous about leaving my comfort zone since I had never paper-pieced before. But I wanted to use my scrap stash and thought this would be a nice challenge. I really enjoyed seeing blocks from around the 'world' and seeing different interpretations of each block.

Erin Smith said...

Loved trying new things without feeling committed to a whole project!

Jennifer said...

I love how everyone used there own special abilities & came up with something uniquely theirs! They are all lovely!

Cecilia said...

I enjoyed seeing all of the different designs and fabric variations.

Linda said...

I enjoyed the wide variety of designers who contributed to this amazing year!!!

MoeWest said...

I like how these posts have helped less experienced quilters to develop their skills. And I'm amazed at the number of people following along!

Cloud 9 said...

So many blocks to choose from inspires my creativity.

Karen Gail said...

The variety the blocks of The Splendid Sampler make it like a "Smorgasbord"! I love diversity! Thanks for sharing all that you do with us! Karen

Pamela said...

Thanks for all the eye candy! The most inspiring thing to me has been seeing the incredible variety - the same blocks, but totally different looks in the quilts. Quilting offers so many opportunities to make something really unique. Thanks again!

Angie&Gary Short said...

I most enjoyed that everyone is still so excited about this. Everyone working together but separately is sew cool. Good luck everyone!! angielovesgary2@ gmaildotcom

Vicki H said...

I love the variety of blocks and skill levels.

anna said...

I am inspired to join in next time. i can see that this will help me with techniques. I will be going around to get tips and tuturials. Thanks

Michele said...

I so wanted to jump in and do this because of how much I would've grown in skill. But maybe when the book comes out I will have more time to devote to a project of this magnitude.

Manya Powell said...

Amazing how some many quilters can come together- and still be their introverted selves!!!!

Lesley said...

Really love the creativity and originality of each block from the designers. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ann Petersen said...

Most inspiring? This is a huge project, but done little by little, block by block, it slowly becomes a really magnificent creation. I can't believe all my blocks are done!

Lisa2059 said...

I was able to keep up and sew all 100 blocks! I learned so much (patience, especially)! Thanks to all the designers who contributed to this journey!

BJK said...

What was so inspiring was not only the beautiful blocks presented but also the links to designer blogs/websites that I still visit frequently!! Thank you! (Bkatz40721@msn.com)

Momma Burnout said...

So thrilled to see these amazing designers come together to create so many new and fun blocks. Creating with my scraps as I think about what each designer/artist put into each block they made!

Bec said...

I love seeing all the different quilts made from these blocks. I also love that these blocks are great stash busters. :)

Nancy said...

I loved this journey. I loved learning about all the designers. I love your colors you used. I didn't finish them all yet, but I worked on the Splendid Sampler every week. I met a special friend in England. I loved looking at everyone's blocks to get inspiration. I am just amazed at the global project. Thank you for your part.

Karen said...

I am truly amazed at the number of quilters participating in one project!!

Melanie said...

Such a lovely quilt! I love how you used your stash for this one!

Ursula Yeo said...

I loved having something to look forward to twice a week. The size of the blocks turned out to be very manageable. I enjoyed the variety of blocks. What an amazing collection of designs.

pinkdeenster said...

I enjoy seeing how the blocks look with different fabrics/fabric placements!

Cheryl B. said...

It's really beautiful. I wish I learned about it sooner than I did. Thank you for sharing.

kaym said...

With a lot of people finishing up this journey, it's been so enjoyable seeing all the eye candy posted. The group has been so inspiring every week and so supportive. THis has been a global event, and a beautiful expression of what we can do when we work together. Thank you all for being part of this wonderful journey.

Kristine said...

I like how intricate many of the blocks appeared but were actually easy to make. And the size was very approachable. I get intimidated by large blocks!

The Jolley's said...

I'm a fairly new quilter, only 2 years now. Never did paper piecing before and loved it. Never did EPP either. Learned so many new techniques and loved reading hints from people all around the world!!

Inca Turton said...

Just loved this whole journey. Learnt lots. Now to think about putting it all together.

Fiona said...

I enjoyed challenging myself to try and learn new techniques. Having so many wonderful people posting their own journeys gave me lots of encouragement. I'm looking forward to the big reveal when I assemble my finished quilt after seeing all the great ones already done.

Janice said...

What inspired me about the Splendid Sampler most was the coming together of all the designers to complete a project of this magnitude, and then, offer it to our quilting community. What a great undertaking! So many varieties of styles, piecing, applique, embroidery, paper piecing...did I miss anything? So challenging! Also, the comraderie from across the globe of so many quilting sisters, each putting their touch of personality in their blocks, made my heart sing. Thank all of you for such a unique opportunity.

GranChris said...

I really like how many different blocks and different ways to make each block.

Julia T said...

wwhat I enjoyed the most was meeting so many new friends and creative people and the challenge to try new techniques I avoided so far! I learnt SO much!

antigone_marcelena Sdr. said...

All these new techniques as well as the opportunity to meet designers was what i really found inspiring!!!!
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Tiina said...

All those different patterns, techniques and different fabrics that everyone used to make these blocks.

mamasem said...

It was first time, that I did needle turn applique. And I LovE it!

Sherry said...

I really enjoyed following all with everyone's blocks. It was so educational to see how people chose different colorways to emphasize some part of the design. Some blocks seemed drab to me, until I saw them in place with the rest of that collection and then it just seemed right. I also learned that the final sashing and layout can make such a difference as well. It's been a great year. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Skye B said...

I loved seeing the different takes people did of the blocks, from the monochromatic ones, to the snowman blocks, to moose muse and her lovely stories. So glad to be able to be a part .

annik macleod said...


This past year has truly been great! The Splendid Sampler gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and become a better quilter. I have learned so many different techniques it's amazing! I have also really enjoyed being part of the group and seeing what everyone else is creating! Annik

Linda Menkes said...

I love to see how each person used color to change the appearance of the block!

Barbara Sutcliffe said...

I just love the fresh look of the quilt and that it is such a great stash buster!

Ladybug Dreams said...

I have loved sewing along. Although I have not kept up through the year I almost am half way there. I love that I tried at least two new things, paper piecing (I really love this) and a little free motion quilting, I have a long way to go with that one. It has been a fun year and I plan on continuing on until I have enough blocks for a twin size quilt.

Coffeebean's Dailies said...

What I found most inspiring about the Splendid Sampler experience is the comraderie I found with the women this past year. I enjoyed the different fabric choices and stories were great. Learning something new is also cause to go back!!

Cindy Mizer said...

Finished, it looks like one really fun quilt.

Nancy McClelland said...

I loved being part of a world wide sisterhood of quilters. The quilters themselves inspired me with their choice of color and fabric. I liked that some blocks challenged me to try a technique that I was not familiar with. I feel that my attention to detail has improved along with accuracy of cutting and sewing. Thanks to the Splendid Sampler team, it was a fun year of surprises. Now to finish all the blocks and the quilt!

rebecca said...

So far I have not been able to start the Splendid Sampler but I just recently retired and hope to start soon. I am anxious to learn paper piecing and I love small blocks! Sampler quilts just really interest me. Thank you.

Amy Knauf said...

The Sampler is an inspiring project to build skills in manageable steps, and I love how Spring-like your finished quilt looks!

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

I truly enjoyed traveling all over the world, reading about each designer.. .their tips, challenges they over come and sharing a bit about their lives. Inspiration came from so many avenues and challenges were accepted many times over! I've learned a lot in my skills and enjoyed trying new methods and techniques~ quiltlovefordomesticfelicity(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda in PA said...

The Splendid Sampler quilt has been really fun! It has inspired me to try some new techniques!

Susan said...

I enjoyed seeing the variety of blocks and the variety of techniques.

Elisa Caminoto said...

I want it! I enjoyed a lot all the journey, including the doubts, questions and answers from quilters all over the world, including all amazing pictures, all the lessons that we had learned, we all became hings and queens of small tiny pieces of fabric! Even if I decided that I will not complete my 100 blocks right now, I'm very happy with my 60 something, and will finish the quilt probably with a 8x8 grid. Thanks all for our splendid journey!

Mary Palmer said...

What a wonderful teaching tools, learning new techniques.

Mom C said...

Loved all the different techniques, you never knew from week to week what you'd be doing. So fun to see how each designer approached the block.

Ginny Chung said...

Love, loved the journey. I am no longer intimidated by PP or Applique blocks. What a great idea to do this as a great big Quilt a long. The other quilters inspired me in so many ways. I also learned the importance of color placement. So glad I participated.

Stacy Guerin said...

Like so many of my Splendid friends, I have a long way to go until finished, and THAT'S OKAY! Enjoy the journey!

shirley quilter said...

I loved that there were so many different techniques. Some were very challenging and some were not. This has been fun and I will miss it.

zolaquilts said...

While it's been said already that there were so many techniques, I would comment that it almost felt like there were different mediums from which I drew. There were combinations of applique and embroidery, crochet lace giving texture...and the whimsical factor of the level of creativity. Aside from my personal preferences influencing me, some blocks sparkled with creativity while there was the occasional block giving me cause to wonder if the dedicated creator struggled for inspiration! This actually made the whole montage even better for me, and I've truly enjoyed the process.

delaineelliott said...

I really enjoyed seeing all of the different takes on the blocks. Thanks!

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Brenda said...

I loved that there were so many different techniques in the blocks. I only made one, a paper pieced block with some small pieces, but a new technic for me.

Sally Dixon said...

What has inspired me most is the creativity of so many people in the world. It makes me want to be more creative myself and develop my own individual designs.

Angelia Lanouette said...

I was inspired by how so many wonderful quilters can take the same block and make it their own....so inspiring!

Noreen said...

I was inspired by seeing all the new beautiful blocks each week.

Wendy Gurrier said...

I was inspired by the wealth of knowledge of all the people participating in the Splenda Sampler. If anyone posted a question, so many were there to answer and support them.

Wendy Gurrier said...

I was inspired by the wealth of knowledge of all the people participating in the Splenda Sampler. If anyone posted a question, so many were there to answer and support them.

Jayne said...

I love the colours you have used. Not something I would usually go for but this has inspired me to try new colour options

Katy M said...

I'm inspired by all the different fabric choices people have used, they make the blocks look so different 😊

Kari said...

I get so much inspiration from other quilters. The different fabrics used and the result of just one block could be so different. I was so excited to try new techniques (and intimidated!) But I was pushed outside my comfort zone so many times and learned to use my seam ripper very well!

Susie V said...

loved the variety of skills used

Joanna Barr said...

I am just starting out in my quilting and Splendid Sampler Journey. What I found most inspiring was the creativity of both the designers and different quilters interpretation of the blocks. I cant wait to try new methods

karen o'malley said...

I love your extra star block in the middle and hoping it will be a bonus block some day! thank you!

Marcia said...

I only made a few blocks, but I want to continue now that I am not working, I am also buying the book with so many ideas and with wonderful examples to learn and try new things.
Thank you to everyone.

Colleen said...

I love your top -- the soft colors are wonderful. And I've so enjoyed this journey. I completed 120 blocks for my quilt -- including the bonus blocks. the challenges have been good, learning new techniques, meeting great designers and friends worldwide have also been amazing.

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