Header 420wHello and welcome to my day to be splendid!

I’m sure you are all enjoying the Splendid Sampler as much as I am!

Thank you Pat and Jane for creating such a generous and exciting project.

I have been printing the patterns out and waiting until I have a few to make and then treating myself to ‘Splendid Days’. 

Prep420wI for one, am learning new skills nearly every time I make a block and am definitely realising the importance of ‘best practice’ when cutting and stitching these little pieces and seams.

Starch is my new best friend!


My block is called ‘Flying High’:

My first fabric collection ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ for Moda was inspired by  by my love of the coast in winter with its stormy waves, sea spray, wild salty air and rosy cheeks.

The thrill of seeing my drawings become fabric, thereby achieving a lifelong ambition, shall never be forgotten. It feels a little like these gulls soaring and flying high in the sky- that is to say, simply joyous. Hearty good wishes to you!

‘Flying High’ is made using my fusible applique and free motion sewing technique (tutorial here).

You can of course, use your favourite applique technique but we are only talking about 3 little gulls here so be brave and have a go at something new!

You can find ‘Flying High’ at The Splendid Sampler.

FlyingHigh420wI am really looking forward to seeing all your gulls soaring high without a care in the world!


21 Responses

  1. Thank you Janet! I’ve been waiting for today to arrive and to start stitching your block, I’m so happy to be flying and soaring wth these three gulls!

  2. Thank you so much Janet Clare. I am going to try this one now! I am enjoying learning new techniques as I am new to quilting. I have been sewing over 50 years and this is my second attempt at quilting and really like it this time around especially with Pat and Jane doing the Splendid Sampler!

  3. Janet, I love the coast and the incredible life that lives there. Thank you for this wonderful block. This will be my Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

  4. I love your block! I am so excited today’s block is appliqué. I am busy prepping a lot of hand appliqué to keep me occupied during my husband’s upcoming surgery and recovery. This will be a very uplifting block to sew!

  5. I live about two hours from the west coast & get seagulls every once in awhile. It is always a thrill to see them. Now I can see them every time I look at this block!! Can’t wait to make it. Thank you for this wonderful block!!

  6. Living on the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, the seagull is a bird I see daily. And although I am doing my Splendid Sampler in Christmas fabric, I know it will blend in great. Thanks for the beautiful block.

  7. This is going to be a challenge, I too live near the ocean and love the freedom. Love the block and love your style.

  8. Buen día Jane es un gusto poder realizar el bloque que tu nos propones en esta maravillosa aventura del sampler splendid. Gracias un abrazo.

  9. I love this block and will try the free motion sewing as I usually do needle turn or raw edge applique.Love your new fabric line as well.

  10. I am just getting to your soaring block. I wanted to give myself time to think it thru and do it justice. I love hand applique’. Although we spent many Februarys on the Oregon coast, I am originally from Idaho and live there now. I kept seeing the green fields of the crops in the spring with the birds soaring over as we would come into the valley from one of the high passes. So my base is a batik of spring greens and the birds are a grey. Have one bird completed and loving the process. It will be beautiful in my collection of Sampler block. Thanks for the great design!

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