The Splendid Sampler

blocks febHappy Splendid Sampler Day!

 

Exactly a year ago today we all started on a splendidly challenging patchwork adventure.

 

Where ever did that year go? It’s not every year you get two presents a week, but that is exactly what happened during our Splendid Sampler year!

 

I have made about 40 of the blocks and some have been a real challenge I must say! This is block 100, designed by Kate Spain.

 

I am going to make all 100 blocks (in my own sweet time) and am looking forward to completing my very first sampler quilt.

 

100If you are just learning about the Splendid Sampler, don’t worry it’s never too late to get started!

 

Join the Facebook group and buy yourself a copy of the book and you’ll be a ‘Splenderette’ in no time!

 

Now, I have a little giveaway for you all:

 

Giveawaytell me something the Splendid Sampler quilt-along has taught you

 

and in a week I’ll pick a random name to win a 5″ charm pack of my latest fabric collection for Moda ‘Aubade: a song to the dawn’.

 

‘Aubade’ was inspired by the sunrise and the promise of a whole new day, everyday.

I designed three quilts specifically for this collection and here they are enjoying the dawn on a Texan beach.

QuiltsDawnI also designed an embroidery thread collection with Lecien which matches my favourite colours and fabric lines beautifully.

My ‘Sky’ embroidery floss collection will be available from quilt shops soon- pop in and ask for it!

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And there will be many more chances to win- pop over to the Splendid Sampler to find out more!

 

 

145 Responses to “The Splendid Sampler”

  1. Loris Mills Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I have learned that even with very different looking blocks, using a complementary colorway can bring them all together. I love the way your blocks look all together. Thank you for the sweet giveaway. I can’t wait to find some Aubade in my LQS.

  2. Carolyn Waterton Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I have learnt to cut and sew accurately and the splendid sampler has improved my patience

  3. Anne Hilgers Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I learned how to paperpiece. This has been a wonderful and challenging year.

  4. Judith Lynes Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    That scraps reproduce! I am making my blocks with scraps but they aren’t getting any less! I am loving the variety in these blocks and am really enjoying making them. About 30 more to go.

  5. karen Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    My favorite thing about the splendid sampler is how different all of the blocks are-there really is no limit to creativity! I think that is the best lesson.

    I remember seeing your beach photos on Instagram. I used to live in Galveston and now live on the mainland closer to Houston.

  6. Judy Maggio Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I learned how to piece small pieces accurately!

  7. Kay Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    The Splendid sampler has taught me to have a go a different kind of blocks and to learn different skills. x

  8. Dino Candelaria Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I learned so much, but I guess perfecting my paper piecing had the greatest impact. I am no longer baffled by it

  9. Sarah@123quilt Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I learned that even if you go scrappy, using a cohesive color scheme will pull everything together. Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Carrie P Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I have learned that it is okay to be free with fabric choices. I have so enjoyed seeing everyone’s blocks throughout the year.

  11. Sylvia Lyman Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I learned how to make your beautiful birds and venture out to make many more from “Little English Brown Birds” I love to paint with thread now and to use rough edge applique!

  12. Mary Hahn Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I have learned not to be afraid of little pieces and different techniques! Some of the squares were definitely challenging, but I finally finished them. But the part I liked best was looking at the squares of others online and meeting new friends from all over the world. That was amazing to see where Everyone was from!!

  13. Judie Harron Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Hello Janet, Happy Valentine’s Day! I learned to slow down and enjoy the journey each step of the way on the Splendid Sampler challenge. Call me crazy but I hope to do it all over again. You will be glad to know I have chosen your fabric collection Aubade Song to the Dawn for my color theme. I have already purchased a charm pack and the fat quarter bundle from my fave online quilt site Green Fairy Quilts; BUT…knowing all the small pieces used in the blocks…I would welcome your giveaway charm pack of the same fabric to avoid cutting into the fat quarters too often. Thanks for being a SS designer. Judie

  14. Ann Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I have learned that it takes more patience for me to make a 6″ block then a 12.5″ block, even if they have the same # of pieces.

  15. Linda Williamson Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    The Splendid Sampler taught me that there is always something new to learn. Everybody was so helpful with tips and suggestions and new ideas. Thanks to all the designers.

  16. Quilting Tangent Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    To learn different techniques.

  17. Joan Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    This project has taught me that I could use some lessons in embroidery, but have really enjoyed the experience.

  18. Nancy A Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I haven’t been able to start the quilt yet because of making quilts with deadlines, but I do want to make it. I have really enjoyed being introduced to some new to me designers.

  19. Susan Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I learnt to not stress about being waaay behind and that it is ok to just do as much as I want to do

  20. Lori Smanski Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    LOL it has taught me to have patience and it is ok to not be perfect when doing embroidery. I have never liked doing it. I am much to much of a perfectionist with it. But slow and steady and no one really looks at all the mistakes anyway, just me. LOL

  21. Carol Nelms Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I have learned that different colorways have a huge impact on the project, what fun it has been, thanks
    cork@pa.rr.com

  22. Sally-Ann Lemon Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    The splendid sampler has taught me to talk about quilting to people I don’t expect To be interested. I have a friend who I didn’t know sewed join the group and loved it.
    It also taught me to give techniques I didn’t think I would enjoy a chance

  23. Courtney Turner Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    This sampler taught me that I don’t have to keep up I should just enjoy the adventure!

  24. Hildy Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I’ve learned a lot about applique. Done it a few times before but forgot about half I’ve known and the sampler was a great refreshment.

  25. Debby Sales Hames Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    loved learning new techniques, such as hand embroidery the most!

  26. Kara Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I had never done any embroidery before doing The Splendid Sampler. I’ve learned that I love it! And I also love hand-stitching around applique, something I’d never been brave enough to try previously.

  27. Wendy L Says:
    February 14th, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I loved the surprise each time: which designer? what pattern? which technique? So happy when I saw you were one of the designers!

  28. Valerie Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 12:13 am

    SS opened my eyes as to all the different piecing techniques and embroidery work that can make beautiful works of art. I learned so much and have 100 Blocks and many bonus blocks to now put into my own work of art. Thank you Janet for your contribution to the project and for the giveaway. Love your work !

  29. Terri Thomson Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 12:19 am

    I learned that sometimes my first color choices are not the best. LOL

  30. Sharon Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 12:31 am

    It has taught me new techniques.

  31. Angela Short Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 1:47 am

    It has taught me all sorts of cool designs and helped with my sewing. Good luck everyone!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  32. Joellyn P. Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 1:49 am

    I loved brushing up on my embroidery skills by incorporating embroidery in several of the
    Splendid blocks

  33. Christine Weld Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 2:09 am

    I loved learning about how much variation there can be in a single block. I loved seeing the different designers’ takes on the same block. Such fun!

  34. Erin Smith Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 2:37 am

    That I shouldn’t be scared to try something, I just might like it (or at the very least learn something)!

  35. Kathy Howard Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 2:51 am

    I have learned that anything is possible.

  36. Nancy Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 2:57 am

    I have learned to slow down to achieve better accuracy and have enjoyed learning new techniques. It’s been a blast!!!!

  37. Karen F Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 2:59 am

    I’ve learned how the same block can look so different depending on the value and color choices used.

  38. Fiona Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 3:19 am

    I learned so much, different techniques and a lot of patience waiting for the next block…
    Thanks
    Hugz

  39. Cecilia Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 3:27 am

    I have learned that the choice of fabrics can change the look of a block drastically.

  40. Chris Green Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 3:32 am

    I learned patience, glue and starch are your best friends. Also, I learned to love paper piecing.

  41. Ursula Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 5:09 am

    I think both my embroidery and paper piecing improved as a result of doing these blocks. I also loved being able to use my scraps to make these blocks.

  42. Beth F Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I learned so many new techniques that improved my sewing! My last 20 blocks are sooo much better constructed than my first 20!

  43. Beth F Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 6:33 am

    I learned that I can do any technique I put my mind to! Of course, I found some that I definitely do not want to do again, but I did them once! Lol!

  44. Nancy Edwards Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 7:00 am

    I learned the importance of accurate cutting and that 1/4 seam allowance. I gained more confidence as the year progressed and I got more comfortable sewing such small pieces. It was refreshing to get an easy block every so often as well. Thanks for your part in this journey.

  45. Chris Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 7:11 am

    I haven’t started yet but I know I will like the mix of techniques.

  46. Inca Turton Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I just loved doing all the different techniques. Learnt a lovely te about foundation paper piecing. Not as scary now..

  47. Louise A Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 7:14 am

    I have learned just how many tiny pieces of fabric you can fit into a 6.5 inch square!

  48. Anita Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Foundation paper piecing has become my new love!

  49. Sherry Jurykovsky Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I learned that although I started with the intention of making a completely scrappy quilt, I really preferred the ones with a restricted color selection. And I like all the sashing. The blocks are very busy when placed side by side. Giving them space to breath sure seems to improve things.

  50. Christine B Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Love your new fabric line! I liked the challenge that the Splendid Sampler gave me… there were blocks that I would never have tried if I hadn’t been a part of the challenge. I still have lots of blocks outstanding too!

  51. Patty Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve learned that 6” blocks don’t really take much time to make!

  52. Valerie Brocato Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Honestly, taking the time to learn and do the embroidery portions has been a challenge.

  53. Jill Shelton Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I learned to paper piece. I have tried in the past, but just didn’t get it. Love the whole process.

  54. Alia Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I learned that I really love working on small projects and with scraps! I picked up some tips and honed many skills.

  55. Nancy Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I have learned cutting and sewing accuracy this year along with many new techniques like applique and EPP. All of the blocks have been so much fun to create. What an exciting adventure for the year. Thanks to all who helped make this project a success.

  56. Vicki H Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I have learned to take my time and sew as accurate as I can. It does make a difference.

  57. Anita Jackson Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    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, those tiny pieces were the trying of my patience so That is the Virtue I’ve hoped to acquire!~ quiltlovefordomesticfelicity(at)gmail(dot)com

  58. Kathy LeBlanc Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    The splendid sampler journey has taught me – one step at a time actually gets a huge job finished

  59. Kathy Burnett Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    The most splendid part of this sew along besides the super cute blocks and the fun surprise waiting every Thursday and Sunday was meeting other quilters from all over the world and discovering we are all a lot alike.

  60. Linda Menkes Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    It’s fun to see all the blocks and quilts – and how far different people have “traveled” on their Splendid Sampler journey.

  61. Ginny Chung Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    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. I have 108 blocks now ready to put into multiple tops.

  62. Arlene Froelich Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I learned to paper piece something I was a little scared to learn.

  63. Allison Church Bird Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I love the variety of techniques during the sampler – lots to try out!!!

  64. Delaine Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I have learned a lot about color and what colors go well together. I have not had a lot of success with color theory on my own. Thanks!

  65. Sharon Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    I learned so much about sewing small, teeny, tiny pieces!!

  66. MoeWest Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I’ve done more embroidery than I usually do, so I’ve seen improvement from the practice.

  67. Joanna Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I have learned what an amazingly supportive and creative group quilters are.

  68. Karen O Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I learned how to do English Paper Piecing. The whole project was so much fun!

  69. Katie Higgins Says:
    February 15th, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    the splendid sampler has taught my a lot about how to work in the quilting world as this is my first really big project.

  70. Donna Pfost Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I have loved every minute of the splendid sampler!! It has been so much fun seeing everyone else’s blocks and they have been a real source of inspiration for me!! I learned two new techniques…English Paper Piecing, and machine applique. It has been fun learning these as well as brushing up on some of the other techniques!! I am about half way through, but this has given me so much inspiration and motivation, that I am sure I will get all 100 done in due time.

    Thanks for your part in all of this!! It has truly been splendid!! 🙂 <3

  71. Kathy h Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 1:10 am

    I learned some new techniques. i really enjoyed the variety of blocks.

  72. Michele Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I didn’t have the time to commit to this quilt along last year. But I hope to purchase the book and work on it at a slower pace.

  73. Lisa Marie Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 2:11 am

    The Splendid Sampler has taught me that I can’t keep up with a QAL like this! Love the blending of styles from all the designers though!

  74. Sandi Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 2:18 am

    I have not made any blocks yet but have collected all the patterns. The Splendid Sampler has introduced me to a lot of designers that I didn’t know about before. I thank all of you designers for the wonderful blocks.

  75. Ramona Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 2:39 am

    I’m just starting on the journey but have been following along. I’ve learned that I really love all the different colorways and how different colors look together.

  76. Erika Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 2:45 am

    The Splendid Sampler has taught me to not be afraid of trying some of these techniques, and that if something didn’t work out exactly right for a block, it’s only a small amount of fabric and can be redone (though there are a few I “invested” so much time in I’ll wait a while before trying them again).

  77. Karen Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 3:54 am

    I have learned that I’m not as good at paper piecing as I thought I might be. I love the colors of your fabric line!!

  78. Angie K. Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 3:58 am

    This quilt along has taught me to try new things without worrying about the end result. The fun is definitely in the process.

  79. Pam Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 4:43 am

    I learned how versatile any one block can be. Different fabrics create a whole new mood and look! Thanks for the Splendid Sampler!

  80. Renay Hagood Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 5:30 am

    I have learned that paper piecing and curves are a little harder than I thought. But that is not going to stop me.

  81. Susan Shamekh Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I would say, it has challenged me to try new techniques.

  82. Ann Harrison Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I have learned about contrast! I am doing a much better job of choosing fabric now.

  83. Urška Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I thought needle turn applique, which I’ve done for the first time.

  84. Jill Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    SS has taught me to be patient, try things I’ve never done before, and be happy with my attempt.

  85. Judith Bailey Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    The splendid sampler has taught me that patchwork isn’t all about hexagons!

  86. Linda Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Janet. Thank you for your contribution to the Splendid Sampler. It has been an enjoyable journey. Although I have only done 18 blocks, I have already learned several techniques I had never heard of previously. Your straight stitching around raw edge appliqué is a perfect example. I learned to ‘bee brave’ and try new things. I have collected all the block patterns and intend to try them all eventually.

  87. Gwen Wehner Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I learned that 6″ blocks can become addictive!

  88. Stephanie Lau Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I figured out that I favor brights in colors and have a hard time moving into other other options.

  89. Debbie Landry Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    This journey has taught me to try new techniques, and with these small pieces of fabric we are working with—-PATIENCE

  90. Giulia Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I’ve learnt that I can learn things I have never thought I would be able to learn so quickly… and how wonderful is to be inspired by others 🙂

  91. Kim Monins Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I’m finished!! 100 blocks!! Thanks to all designers, it’s been fun. I learnt a lot about the power of community commitment!! Turquoise makes me happy X

  92. Julie Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed using the different techniques in the Splendid Sampler. I avoided applique at all costs, but the 6″ blocks were perfect practice!

  93. SheilaC Says:
    February 16th, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    So many new techniques! So many ways to use color!

  94. Deb Says:
    February 17th, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Hard work pays off! And other quilters can be a great encouragement.

  95. Lynda Lukas Says:
    February 17th, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Before starting the Splendid Sampler, I never even heard of English paper piecing, and now I can do it! Well, not very well, but I will keep practicing.

  96. Jeanne Brown Says:
    February 17th, 2017 at 1:57 am

    I loved doing al the different blocks , lots of fun.

  97. Jamie Todhunter Says:
    February 17th, 2017 at 2:25 am

    I have learned how great quilters are. Each block was a wonderful treat that the designers have shared with us and helped us to learn and grow by trying new things.

  98. ELISA Says:
    February 17th, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I have learned not to fear tiny pieces or new techniques! It was a splendid journey. thanks all

  99. Stacy Says:
    February 17th, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I learned patience from all my Splendid Friends. It’s not a race and with a long way to go, I plan to enjoy every step and stitch. Thank you, a lovely charm pack.

  100. Thunder Says:
    February 17th, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I discovered many color combos that I never would have thought about on my own. 🙂

  101. dianna Says:
    February 17th, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I thought that beach looked familiar. I’m in Texas too, along the gulf coast. Love your quilts. And, I’ve really learned so much from this journey. I think I learned most, that I can make any block. That in itself is a great accomplishment.

  102. Mary Wright Says:
    February 18th, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Some blocks were more of a challenge than others. I have enjoyed the journey.

  103. Sally Says:
    February 18th, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Quilt-alongs are not a race. Seeing the blocks of others can spur one to action.

  104. Kerri Arredondo Says:
    February 18th, 2017 at 12:54 am

    I have enjoyed seeing the different techniques of the Splendid designers! I’m taking my time with the blocks, starting with the easier ones to build confidence 🙂

  105. Bette McLennan Says:
    February 18th, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I have learned to the importance of precision & have tried harder to do that.

  106. Therese Says:
    February 18th, 2017 at 2:38 am

    I learned how to pick out colors to create different looks

  107. Pam M Says:
    February 18th, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I’ve improved my paper piecing skills.

  108. WendyPegs Says:
    February 18th, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I’ve learnt to be more accurate with my cutting and piecing. I can see the improvement between my first and last block.

  109. Charlotte Burns Says:
    February 18th, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Gorgeous fabric and quilts! I learned how to paper piece (EPP and FPP) and become better at FPP over the year and now really love it. Also am developing my own style (colours, designs etc)

  110. Joan Adams Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 4:40 am

    I learned I love paper piecing. I had never done it before the SS. Now I am looking for my next paper piecing project.

  111. Rhonda Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Inspiration from all the creativity! thanks

  112. Renee Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 5:21 am

    I wanted to learn and the splendid sampler was the perfect adventure to teach me. I love all the discoveries I made, like paper piecing, embroidery, appliqué and sewing curves.

  113. Tina Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I learned to try techniques that I wouldn’t have tried. Thanks!

  114. C. Baker Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I have learned to challenge myself to try new techniques. It’s surprising how just trying is sometimes all it takes.

  115. Susan the Farm Quilter Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I have learned that colors I didn’t think would work together can play very nicely side by side! Now I can be bolder and more unexpected in my color combinations.

  116. Lynda Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I have learnt to be patient – my foundation paper piecing skills have improved as I slow down and take my time – never being afraid to undo / start again!

  117. rebecca hoffmann Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I learned I could stay committed to a long term project with use just one line of fabric.

  118. Bekki Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I haven’t had the sampler on my radar. I love the blocks you’ve made and the way you’ve kept the colours constant over the year.

  119. Michelle M Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    I learned that I really, really love pie. cing and I really, really dread hand stitching. But even though I dread it, I love the results!

  120. Nyla-Jean Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I love the way the Splendid Sampler pushed me into doing something I had been thinking about for awhile and the way it stretched my creativity as for every block I made from the sampler, I made one or two of my own design. Thank you all for sharing!

  121. Lisa R. Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Paper piecing! So daunting at first, but now I love it and actually look for ways to use it! Thank you for you generosity in this journey.

  122. Linda in PA Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    The Splendid Sampler blocks taught me several new techniques.

  123. Jan Wills Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I learned that accuracy in cutting and piecing is really important, even more so in smaller blocks. I have gained so many new SS friends and found new designers to inspire me.

  124. Jan B. Says:
    February 19th, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I learned it idol to go at my own speed Slow…….
    Hoping to win your beautiful fabric.

  125. Patty Galbraith Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 12:22 am

    I wanted to make the SS as a push to start quilting again! It worked.

  126. Amanda Garvin Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 2:26 am

    It has taught me improvement on my skills to a point I didn’t expect from one quilt.

  127. Linda Nielson Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 4:56 am

    This quilt-along has taught me English paper piecing.

  128. Carol McNab Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 10:27 am

    The Splendid Sampler taught me that there is always something new to learn. Everybody was so helpful with tips and suggestions and new ideas. Thanks to all the designers.

  129. Susan Smith Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 11:48 am

    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.

  130. Shami Immanuel Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Learned to do EPP.

  131. Leslie Wittenberg Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    It taught me to think outside the box. If I wanted to embellish the block I could!

  132. Ginny Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    The Splendid Sampler taught me more about color, value, intensity etc just by looking at all the wonderful pictures of everyone’s block. Thanks!

  133. Lucie C Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I just loved to learn to paper piece and thank you for this giveaway

  134. Katie Clark Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I made 4 quilt tops with 25 blocks in each for a total of 100 blocks. I have loved every minute of this journey. My favorite memory is meeting up with both designers and other quilters at a shop in Syracuse during the summer! Thanks Katie

  135. Jane Mastroianna Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I learned to take my time on handwork. Then I got really far behind, but at the start of 2017 I had more time so I organized my blocks according to techniques and this helped me get more done. I did a lot of paper pieced blocks one after another and they went fast since my mind just remember each step. This also helped with machine applique blocks. When I had several to do I’d set up the machine for the applique. Now to finish the hand embroidered blocks.

  136. Alexandria Hull Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    The Splendid Sampler taught me to applique.

  137. Melody Lutz Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I’ve learned that even the tiniest bits can be tamed with paper piecing!

  138. Virginia Howell Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    I really want to learn paper piecing.

  139. Caty Sanchez Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Hola Janet: He aprendido a combinar mejor los colores de las telas y a sacar partido de los retazos más pequeños.

  140. Brenda Towsley Says:
    February 21st, 2017 at 2:18 am

    he Splendid Sampler taught me how to paper piece which I did not ever think to do before. I am almost 1/2 way and have enjoyed every one of the blocks.

  141. Nicole Sender Says:
    February 21st, 2017 at 3:08 am

    The Splendid Sampler experience taught me that I can learn new skills and also have a beautiful quilt to enjoy.

  142. Dee D Says:
    February 21st, 2017 at 4:36 am

    The Splendid Sampler taught me to persevere and not to be so picky about everything matching exactly. I’m on number 70.

  143. Sheryl Gledhill Says:
    February 21st, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I learnt the importance of colour value and contrast! Thank you for the giveaway.

  144. Judy Tillott Says:
    February 21st, 2017 at 11:15 am

    This journey has taught me that I just stop and take a breathe I can do it. It may not be as pretty as everyone else’s, or as colourful or even have points matching but with each block for complete I can look back and say “how wonderful,I made this”

  145. Crystal Says:
    February 21st, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I learned so much from the splendid sampler. My favorite has been how to sew and keep points!

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