I am loving the Splendid Sampler. If you’re not on board, jump in at any point, the water’s fine. So are the people–from all over the world. And everyone’s blocks are all so different! I was afraid we’d all end up with the same quilt, but everyone’s personality is shining through.
Because of recent happenings in my life, I got started a little late, and many people haven’t started at all. Some are just enjoying looking at others’ blocks.
I’ll share with you where I am so far.
I am missing one of the blocks which I haven’t had time yet to go back to, but another block came in today that I think will be fun to add. The fourth block, the vase and flowers (kudos to Jen Kingwell) probably inspired some of the most creativity so far. The blocks have been stunning and all different.
While I am in love with the color story of “Black Tie Affair” which I have been using, I am also adding some little touches from my own stash. As Bonnie Hunter reminded folks, a quilt is always more interesting when all the fabric doesn’t come from one collection. I agree.
In fact, I also did the little vase block in a whole other color story, just to see how I’d like it. It’s a little more ‘folksy” as I free motioned it, and I think it has it’s own charm. So maybe I’ll run some parallel blocks with these brighter colors too!
A few things I’ve learned:
- Don’t try to keep up with everyone else.
- 6 inch blocks sound easy. They’re not. They take more time than many 12 inch blocks.
- Slow down and enjoy the process.
- Enjoy everyone else’s blocks: get inspired, be challenged, but do your own thing.
- Try new techniques.
- Purchase the designer’s books. (Pat Sloan has 2 great books — one on applique and one on triangles)
- SHARE! We really do want to see what you’re up to! On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram #thesplendidsampler