A Splendid Celebration!

Are you following along with The Splendid Sampler? If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s the most epic, “sew-lebrity” filled sew along (of all time), consisting of 100+ free block patterns, designed by 83 pattern designers, shared twice week, for an entire year!!!



Just a few of the 80+ Splendid Sampler designers at Spring Quilt Market 2016.

For those of you making blocks either physically with the group (or virtually in your head), the 50th block releases this week! Isn’t that exciting?? Although I’m not going to spoil tomorrow’s surprise, the designer of block #50 is Joanna Figueroa of Figtree Quilts. I’ve seen the block, and let me tell you – it is Splendid!!


My Splendid Block

You may recall my block, Scrappy Happy Heart, below, which was released back in May. Click here to learn more about my block! It’s been exciting watching so many people making my paper pieced block design and sharing their work. The biggest comment I’ve seen on Instagram (#scrappyhappyheart) and in the Splendid Sampler Facebook group is that my block is the perfect block for those who have never paper-pieced before and want to try out an easy block. That warms my heart!!


My Scrappy Happy Heart Block

To celebrate The Splendid Sampler halfway point, hosts Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson are teaming up with many of the Splendid Sampler designers with bonus blocks, fun giveaways, free patterns, and maybe even a little “behind the scenes” of the project.

Click here to see the complete blog hop celebration schedule!

Free Pattern for Splendid Friends

For anyone new to my blog, I invite you to get this free PDF quilt pattern of my Puzzle Box design just for stopping by and signing up for my email newsletter.

Click here to get the free pattern.

But wait…. there’s more!!

Puzzle Box Pattern

Book Giveaway for Splendid quilters

I’m also giving away a copy of the brand new collaboration book, 180 Doodle Quilting Designs. This book was compiled by Martingale/That Patchwork Place, the same folks who will be publishing The Splendid Sampler book once the blocks are all complete! (They have also published both of my quilting books, so I might just be a little bit biased!!)


180 Doodle Quilting features designs from several talented friends, including Splendid Sampler designers Melissa Corry, April Rosenthal, and yours truly! Perhaps this book will help you decide how you want to quilt your blocks when they are all finished!

For your chance to win, just leave a comment below letting me know if you’ve ever participated in a block of the month/week/day type program before. If so, tell me what you loved about it!

This contest is open to everyone worldwide. I’ll pick one US winner who will win a physical copy signed by me, and one international winner who will receive an e-copy.

The contest will close Aug 15th and I’ll ship it to you by the end of the month. Thanks for stopping by!!

501 thoughts on “A Splendid Celebration!

  1. Jinnine says:

    I have never participated in this type of sew along on line but have been blown away by the variety of work and support offered to complete the blocks

  2. DebbyG says:

    I love the anticipation of the next block reveal, the inspiration that each block shares, and I’ve found some new “folks” I’m now following because i love their style/blog/work. Thank you.

  3. Patty says:

    I participated in a mystery quilt that provided new steps each month. Everything about quilting is great fun but sometimes I just want to sit down and sew after someone else has made the decisions about what we are making. That’s why I joined the SS project.

  4. Nikki Moshier says:

    I have tried BOMs before without much stick-to-itness. The Splendid Sampler however is different. I am really enjoying the new techniques and the sharing. I do believe I will stick with this one!

  5. seamsaboutright says:

    I have participated in quite a few block of the month quilts before….I did a dear jane BOM, a wool one, a Woodland sampler….maybe a couple more…I like them because I don’t have the initial fabric cost up front….it’s spread over time, so my husband doesn’t notice how much I spend!! He notices $300-$500 gone, but not $25-$30 a month! Thank you for your work and effort you have put into this project!! We are very grateful!!

  6. Sharon says:

    I love looking at all the “block of the —” patterns, but I have never been able to finish a complete quilt. Maybe someday !

  7. Joanne P. says:

    I have done several BOMs with online sites. Always new patterns to try out, and it makes
    me feel part of a group of quilters doing the same projects even though we never meet.

  8. Karen R says:

    I love sew-alongs because they get me to try new techniques, patterns, and color ways. Plus they give me some discipline (mostly) with an order or schedule for block completion that I find helpful.

  9. Gloria Pope says:

    The Splendid Sampler is my first quilt-along. I really am enjoying it , and looking forward to doing all of the blocks.

  10. suzyroberts4 says:

    The Splendid Sampler is my first of this kind and I absolutely love it! I will definitely sign up for another when this one is over. Wish I could quit my job now and join all of he BOM projects!

  11. Paula A. Slater says:

    This is my 2nd online group, the 1st started this year also, CQJP2016. then I joined another online sampler in wool, the Harvest Mystery. I love BOMs which I do at Guild and sampler quilts are my favorites. I love the variety, simple to complex, easy to challenging and forcing me to try different blocks and techniques. Thank you.

  12. Pat Wagle says:

    I enjoy so enjoy BOM’s. I’ve learned so much from many talented designers. Thank you for the Splendid, it is so much fun to see the many designs. Now it’s time to work n FMQ. Your book is awesome!

  13. Susan says:

    I have done a few block of the months, that is why I decided to do The Splendid Sampler. A different block and a different technique each time allows you to grow and expand as a quilter.

  14. Sarah says:

    This is my first block of the month but it has inspired me to join a few others currently going on. I love BOMs because they allow me to have several projects going at once so I never get bored doing just one thing!

  15. Michele Cais says:

    I love BOM but this Splendid Sampler has definitly been my favorite and most rewarding. I love quilting and this journey as opened up more opportunities than I ever imagined. Thank you for the opportunity to learn even more with your fabulous books.

  16. Michelle M says:

    I did a paper piecing BOM about 3 years ago. I had never done PP and I thought that would be a great way to learn and practice. Life happens and it took me 2 years to finish the blocks – still no finished quilt!

  17. Pauline says:

    This is my first quilt along! My daughter wanted me to make her a quilt and I thought joining in with the Splendid Sampler would help me learn to quilt and although I am very behind with the blocks (have made 18 with three cut out and ready to sew) I have learnt so much with hopefully more skills developing as we progress! Many of my blocks are quite wonky and sometimes my colour schemes are quite suspect but never mind! When I have finally finished Becca’s quilt, no-one in the world will have one quite like it.

    Thank you for your block and for giving your imagination and talent so generously.
    Pauline (in the UK)

  18. Marilyn says:

    I enjoy participating in BOMs and quilt-alongs. It is nice to know that many people are working on the very same project. I love being able to discuss progress, fabric choices and techniques with others doing the same project.

  19. Tiina Kovalaine says:

    I haven’t participated any boms, since I usually don’t have so much time to sew. But now I am in splendid sampler and it has been fun, although I haven’t been able to stick on those deadlines, now I am five behind.

  20. J Miranda says:

    Yes, I have done other sew alongs online. I enjoy them because it allows me to get new patterns, new ideas, meet new friends, and challenge my skills.

  21. Ana Burton says:

    This is the first time I participated in a quilt along. The Splendid sampler in wonderful. I learned a lot with these 50 blocks. I love to see what come next.

  22. Cathy B. says:

    I’ve never participated in a block of the month or mystery. I’m too much of a control freak and can’t stand not knowing what it will look like at the end!

  23. Kathy E. says:

    I followed along with Jacquelynne Steves’ BOM a year ago and enjoyed it very much! I learned a ton as a new quilter. I made so many mistakes along the way and ended up throwing it all away. Oh well.

  24. Cheryle says:

    Hi Everyone, This is the first time I have taken part in anything of this magnatude. A few years ago I was in a Round Robin with maybe seven or eight others in our small qquilt group. It was fun but nothing like this!

  25. Carol Eberhardt says:

    I have not participated in a program like Splendid Sampler. I like seeing everyone’s work, it makes me look at fabric differently, and my sampler will be better for it.

  26. Carole Hill says:

    I have never participated in this type of sew along on line but I* think the quilting queens had one several years ago when I first joined. Of course they are now a defunct group, but it was fun. I also did a mystery quilt when I was in my California group. I want this book really badly, as I would love to try all of these designs out. What an opportunity to get to see them all, and try them all! Thanks for the chance!

  27. Brenda says:

    I’ve participated in a number of BOMs and I really enjoy getting that package every month, It’s like a present.

  28. Suelynn says:

    I like blocks of the month because it is only ONE block…I love the surprise of getting it in the mail and the fabric and the pattern!

  29. Kathy says:

    I have enjoyed a block of the month with my LQS, I am loving The Splendid Sampler. thanks for the chance to win this book

  30. Roseanne says:

    The very first BOM I have started was this year with Pat Sloan, the Aurifil BOM. Then I started The Secret Garden BOM. Now I have started The Splendid Sampler! Lol. I’m so far behind, but will try and catch up. I love the fact that there is such a variety of designs. I never get board! I have never FMQ and am looking forward to learning when I get these quilts done. Having this book would be such a wonderful addition to completing my quilts. Btw, I’m a beginner quilter and love the challenges.

  31. Nicole Rodgers says:

    I did the In Colour Order HST BOM a few years back, but at my own pace. I’m currently in the middle of the Canada Mystery block QAL for Canada’s 150th birthday.

  32. Karen says:

    My favorite block of the month is with my local quilt shop where an hour is spent with show and tell (of anything) commercials for new or favorite notions in the shop and a discussion of the block or techniques applicable to the quilt. I also like that if you bring in the this month’s finished block, you get the fabric for the next month’s block free. I need that incentive to keep up. (I don’t need any more fabric)

  33. Kandy says:

    Hi, I’ve done quite a few BOMS, I like the surprise of getting something fun in the mail. SS is especially fun cause it’s 2 a week & I’m blessed that I have the time to do each one. I’m learning so much & trying new techniques…getting a giveaway would be fabulous!

  34. The Crafty Entrepreneur says:

    This is my first Sew along of any kind! I am loving it. The little push of pressure to keep up or loose the plot is fun and motivating. It has led me to all these wonderful designers and I’ve also now joined in with Janet Clare on her sew along as I loved the free motion sewing on her block “Flying High”. I agree with others “Scrappy Happy Heart”, best intro to paper piecing I could have wished for! Thankyou!

  35. agueni says:

    Participo en varios BOM. Lo que me hizo apuntarme al Splendid Sampler fué que cada bloque es de un diseñador diferente: muchos estilos que aprender, muchas páginas que conocer.
    Gracias por la oportunidad de ganar el e-book.

  36. Karen says:

    My first block of the month was in 2005 in a quilting magazine. I like that the quilt is essentially cut down into manageable sections. Later, I began a block of the month mystery quilt. I wanted to make changes in the colors so I let it set until after the program ended. Both of these are completed tops but not quilted. (I’m behind in my machine quilting, also.)

  37. Skye B says:

    Hello from Australia 🙂 I’ve never participated in a qal or bom before, but I’ve jumped in with full force and have signed up for 4 right now, and have downloaded some past ones for future projects. It’s all so interesting and exciting being part of a big group, learning new techniques and building inspiration from so many different people and cultures

  38. Ginny says:

    The Splendid Sampler is my first QAL. In the past I’ve always just done my own thing, following a pattern or making t-shirt quilts for friends and family.

  39. Susan Hartley says:

    I have never participated in this type of sew along but I have done a couple of mystery quilts. I just loved doing them and that is why I decided to become Splendid. I am so happy I did and I cannot believe we are at the half way point.

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