The Splendid Sampler

This page is all about my journey on The Splendid Sampler
I began this journey on 4/03/2016.
I am going to be using lots and lots of my scraps,
my scrap bins are overflowing....
There are 100 blocks in the sampler.
Visit The Splendid Sampler for more details.
I will show my mistakes as well as my triumphs...
this journey is all about learning new techniques and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to try new things.
I'm sure that in doing this sampler I will encounter techniques that
I don't know,
haven't tried
or don't really like,
but will give them all a go!
and if I stuff it up, I'll show that too!
So, let the journey begin.

Flimsy top completed on 17/04/2017.

Enjoy the blocks below as I make them....
#splendidsampler

block 1 Hearts A Flutter by Pat Sloan
04/03/2016
block 2 Wings by Jane Davidson
8/03/2016
block 3 Lots of Love
by Melissa Corry
10/03/2016
block 4 Happy Happy
by Jen Kingwell
12/03/2016
block 5
Simple Simon by Celine Perkins
12/03/2016
block 6 focal point
by Natalia Bonner
13/03/2016
block 7
(no printer it died! will come back to this one)
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done see below!

block 8
Friends around the Square
by Julie Karasek
13/03/2016
block 9 LQS by Jane Davidson
15/03/2016
block 10 Iowa by Sherri McConnell
20/03/2016
(this one may get redone, think it needs to be scrappier!)
block 11
still to come
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see below!
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block 7 Snug as a Bug
28/03/2016
finally done, cute little block!
used up a scrap of favourite fabric, not quite big enough so on went some borders.
 block 12 checkerboard,
29/03/2016
had a little fun with this one using up lots of favourite scraps
 block 13 scrappy star
02/04/2016
used up lots of favourites and oldies in this one too
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block 11 thoughts of crochet,
love how this turned out, wasn't too sure of my colours to start with,
but think they look really good with all the other blocks
02/04/2016

 block 14 flying high
tiny machine appliqued (free motion) wasn't too sure about this one, but gave it a go!
03/04/2016
block 14 the back!


 bonus block from Pat A Sloan
Just for You
03/04/2016
just needs the stitching done (TV job)
 another bonus block from Pat A Sloan
Inside out log cabin
03/04/2016
block 15 Family Affair by Janice Ryan
15/04/2016
bit tricky this one, paper piecing is not my favourite thing,
but it's done!
block 16 Pieces of Friendship by Lindsay Mayland,
easy block,
think I spent more time choosing fabrics than sewing!
10/04/2016

block 17 Family Stars by Kimberly Jolly
love this one...
grey/blue for hubby, mid blue for ED, green for Diva,  orange for YD and purple for me!
20/04/2016

block 18 Lina's Gift by Pat Sloan,
another quick and easy block
20/04/2016

block 19 Measure Twice,
Cut Once by Jane Davidson
23/04/2016
block 20
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see below
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block 21
Sweet Candy by Kris Thurgood
25/04/2016

first 20 blocks with 2 bonus at top

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block 20 Nature's Walk
by Vickie Tucek
05/05/2016
 block 22 Goose on the Loose
by Amy Smart
01/05/2016 
 block 23 Hand in Hand
by Kari Carr
02/05/2016
bonus block
Rose Park by Amy Smart
05/05/2016 
 bonus block
Earth Day by Cheryl Arkison
08/05/2016
 block 24
Inspector Side Kick
by Michelle Foster
(as I don't have an inside side kick but can view my garden that's my central block)
09/05/2016
 bonus block Sampler Shuffle by Pat Sloan
09/05/2016
Block 25 Sunday Best by Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs
still finishing off the blanket stitch around the design by happy with it so far...
will update the photo when it's done
15/05/2016
and here he is with all his whiskers etc finished!
love how he turned out....also did lots of French Knots for his tail...
23/05/2016
block 26 Dreaming of Dresdens
by Jane Davidson
15/05/2016
did this one without the extra bits, but will go back and do those
as I quite like the look of it, this one has too many fabrics for that,
will update will the other block when it's done

block 27 Sewing Machine by Pat Sloan
this one is blanket stitched also, quite like it but will do another with needleturn as I prefer that
016/05/2016

redid this one...more scrappy look...love it!
block 28  Stitching Fashion
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see below
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block 29
Scrappy Happy Heart
by Christa Watson of Christa Quilts
28/05/2016
 block 30
Simple Surprises
by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side
270/05/2016

 Bonus block
Bee Brave by Alyssa Thomas of Penguin and Fish
28/05/2016
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block 28  Stitching Fashion
by Charise Randell of Charise Creates
29/05/2016
finished off too small...
think I printed straight off the page pattern and not the PDF like I usually do...
now to fix it, cos I'm NOT redoing it!
OK added two borders, finished off the stitching,
and
I'm pretty happy with the end result!
thank you to Charise Randell for her lovely block that almost got the better of me!
but a little bit of artist license and it's done!

block 31 blossoming
done see below
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block 32
done see below
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block 33 Selvage Saver by Pat Sloan
08/06/2016
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block 31 Blossoming
by Jenny of Elephantz
14/06/2016

block 34
Lemonade by Amy Gibson
18/06/2016
 block 35
the wishful garden by Kristyn Czepuryk
17/06/2016
going to do another of these as this one is just too busy for the embroidery,
so this one will be called Peaceful Pathways,
as that's what the cross looks like.
this is the second one of block 35
25/07/2016
both very different and maybe both will be in the final layout

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block 32 the constant needle by Laurie Simpson
19/06/2016
block 36
Inchy Hexagon Club by Jane Davidson
26/06/2016
block 37
Dashing by Chocolate by Laura Flynn
27/06/2016

block 38
vintage/antique flower basket
by Pam Vieria McGinnis
02/07/2016
no ricrac in the right colour, so left it off
block 39
balls in the air by
10/07/2016
block 40
Flights of friendship by
Me and My Sister designs
Barb and Mary
just a little twist on this one...
it's staying that way!
04/07/2016
block 41
Sew South by Jennifer Mathis
found 5 green hexies leftover from my hexie quilt,
added another and a cute novelty print for the center
09/10/2016

block 42 Pencils
by Jane Davidson
another cute quick and easy block!
reminded me of the beautiful pencils I had as a kid,
my prized possession!
09/07/2016

block 43
Pincushion Love by Pat Sloan
12/07/2016
block 44
Stitch in the Garden by Gail Pan
19/07/2016 
block 45 Sewing Nut
coming soon!
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 done see below
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block 46
Twirl Time by Sarah J Maxwell
24/07/2016

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block 45
Sewing Nut by Frances Newcombe
26/07/2016
block 48
Whim by Faith Jones
30/07/2016
hardest part was deciding which favourite fabrics to use!
I might add some embroidery to this one, will see how I go.

block 47
01/08/2016
circle of love by Geta Grama
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bonus block Flip flops!
01/08/2016
Matthews Block to celebrate world childrens day
bonus block
01/08/2016

block 49
Summers Gift by Karla Eisenach
06/08/2016

block 50!
Flights of Fancy by Joanna Figueroa
half way done!!!!

block 51
Bee Happy by Katja Marek
without flower
15/08/2016
with flower
looks better now I think!
21/08/2016

block 52
Coneflower by Pat Sloan
20/08/2016

block 53
/whirling in circles by Deb Roberts
20/08/2016

block 54
Shell by Jane Davidson
21/08/2016
block 55
Dedication Rose by Lisa Bonegan
28/08/2016
changed this one a little, just couldn't get those centre leaves to turn under nicely!
block 56
At Home Anywhere
by Jennifer Keltner
02/09/2016
think this one needs a little more "pop" ,
still thinking about it!

block 57
Starting Point by Lissa Alexander
love it!
28/08/2016

block 58
Homeward Bound by Kelly Liddle
great block!
03/09/2016

block 59
Circle of friendship by Michelle Muska
11/09/2016
used lots of loved scraps for this one,
some of which came from friends!

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block 60
hearts and flowers by Fiona Ransley
coming soon!
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 block 61
traveller by Pat Sloan
11/09/2016
fast block, love it!
block 60
Hearts and Flowers by Fiona Ransley
17/09/2016
Block 62
Hens and Chickens by Heidi Kaisand
17/09/2016
block 63 Icing on the cake
25/09/2016
block 64 Rising Star
25/09/2016

block 65 Stripe and flowers
27/09/2016

block 67
bobbin chase by Scott Hansen
16/10/2016

block 69 full circle
see below
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block 70
Bows by Jane Davidson
17/10/2016

block 66 Happy Thoughts
17/10/2016

block 68
wild rose by Pat Sloan
21/10/2016

block 69
Full circle
17/10/2016

block 71
First Stitch
Kerry Green
17/10/2016

bonus block for October by Pat Sloan
Pumpkin!
22/10/2016

block 72 full Circle Star by Victoria Findley Wolfe
29/10/2016
block 73 +Love by Jennifer Albaugh
29/10/2016

block 74 button basket
by Karen Costello Soltys
30/10/2016

block 75 Stitch Crazy by Kathy Schmitz
13/11/2016

block 76 Little Things by Jacquelynne Steves
07/11/2016
changed the centre to my design
(part of a freebie on the blog)

block 77 Prism by Sara Lawson
13/11/2016

block 78 Jersey by Carrie Nelson
13/11/2016

block 79 Inspirational Threads by Melanie Barrett
14/11/2016

November bonus block by Joan Ford
A Taste for Giving
as I don't have any food fabrics, I opted for peppermints, which were in a charm pack and
of course some buttons, we all have button jars!
13/11/2016

block 80 heart string star
20/11/2016
block 81 with love from
by Cat Demack
26/11/2016
block 82 Under the apple tree
by Brigitte Heitland
(almost did me in this one, so many mistakes I made, almost gave up!
glad I didn't though)
08/12/2016

block 83 Minnesota Maze
Roseann Meehan Kermes
04/12/2016

block 84 the early bird
Joan Ford
such a delightful block and great instructions!

block 85 Flow
Latifah Saafir
08/12/2016
so many choices for this one, might make another one the way that Latifah has done it.

bonus blocks!!!!!
Acorn by Pat Sloan
27/11/2016
Birthday Cake by Pat Sloan
(Pat's birthday is the day after mine!)
27/11/2016

Christmas Lights by Connecting Threads
03/12/2016


block 86 Unity Star by Vanessa Christenson
12/12/2016
block 87 Shining Star by Jackie Kunkel
17/12/2016
bonus block by Jane Davidson 
Christmas wrapped star
07/01/2017

block 88 by Pat Wys
Love is the Answer
09/01/2017
block89 from Colorado to the Midwest
Ebony Love
14/01/2017

block 90 Juggling by Lorena Uriarte
16/01/2017

block 91 Gran's Button Jar by Lynette Anderson
22/01/2017

block 92 Double Bees by Beth Bradley
26/01/2017

block 94 skyscrapers by
Stacey Lowe
29/01/2017

block 96 Sunshine by Kim Niedzwieki 
29/01/2017

block 95 In the Sunshine by Cheryl Arkison
04/20/2017

block 93 tiny Miracles by April Rosenthal
05/2/2017

block 97 First Purse by Di Murphy (Mill)
05/20/2017

block 98 fleur di lei by Lyn Harris
19/02/2017

block 99 4 corner spinwheel by Kimberly Einmo
12/02/2017

and ta da!!!!
block 100 Centred by Kate Spain

ok so now to get a layout and start to putting together bit!
all 100 blocks plus the bonus ones I did....

ok I have chosen a beautiful Bali fabric for the sashings, 
Nicole my daughter back it from her holiday there (FEB 2017), 
it's lovely and soft and I think will be a perfect accent for the scrappiness of the blocks.
one and half inch sashings (one inch finished size) with different coloured cornerstones
first two blocks together to see how it looks....
mega strip piecing underway!
two rows together and third one also complete.
starting at 100 and working my way back to 1 with bonus blocks in between where needed....
10 x 12 layout...
top completed on 17/04/2017!
quilting up next...
machine or hand?????

changed my mind on the 10x12, now it's 11x11
fits the bed better....
still thinking about the quilting....
really leaning towards getting it done for me so it's totally finished!
the backing is here!
Soon it will be off to my favourite quilting person to finish off!

Julz










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