The Splendid Sampler with Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson

Completed Heart Applique Block for #SplendidSamplerThe Splendid Sampler is designed by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson with several other sewing/quilting teachers. This is a F R E E quilt along!  I’m drawn to this project because it promises to vary in techniques as well as provide lots of extra project ideas – and it’s free! The blocks are 6 1/2″ unfinished and will total 100 after a year.  If you’d like to join, click here.

I said I didn’t have the time. I told myself I would never finish the Splendid Sampler; and yet, here I am contemplating my fabrics.  After visiting with a friend the other day, I’m going to KISS (keep it seriously simple!!) and use scraps from my stash.  Lots of women are posting pictures on the Splendid Sampler Facebook Group  of gorgeous fabrics from a particular line for their blocks.  I live in an area where it’s hard to get to quilting stores and I will enjoy easing my guilt of having a humongous stash by using what’s on hand.

The first project in the Splendid Sampler was auditioning fabrics, making a test block, and then using the test block to make a fabric book or folder for taking along projects.  One half is an area for pressing fabrics and blocks.  It also will hold fabric for travel.  The other side is the test block which is finished to 6″ square.  This side will be used to ensure all blocks are the correct size.  Here’s my book:#SplendidSampler Audition Book

The pocket on the front will store my 6 1/2″ ruler.

And here’s my test block:Sample Block for #SplendidSampler

The inside of the Audition Book:#SplendidSampler Audition Book

My first #SplendidSampler Block is titled Hearts Aflutter and was designed by Pat Sloan.  The test block was also designed by Pat.

For this first block I learned a new tip for appliqueing by hand.  After cutting the heart shape, I stitched about 1/8″ from the edge with a smaller than normal stitch by machine.  I let the heart rest for several hours.  Later as I turned under the edges, I removed the machine sewn stitches.  The stitched line made it easier to turn under the edges and sew them by hand.  Next time I will use a contrasting machine thread to make it easier to pluck out!  See what I mean?#SplendidSampler Hand Applique

I’m pretty excited to quilt globally and am looking forward to new tips and tricks.  Now to remind myself to let go of having a coordinated fabric line….  Relax and Sew On!!



  1. Betty Boon says:

    Keep your innovative ideas coming.

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