The Splendid Sampler Kick Off

It’s the beginning of a new year and the start of many quilt alongs with bloggers, publisher, thread makers, and fabric companies. One that caught our member’s eyes is The Splendid Sampler, hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.

The Splendid Sampler quilt along is starting in just a few days – Valentine’s Day – and already there is much buzz on the interwebs about this project. Over 2,000 people worldwide have signed up for their community FaceBook group and have started to share their bonus projects and fabric selections.

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Photos from The Splendid Samplers FaceBook Page

The sampler will be 100 scrappy 6″ blocks, each with a different designer that will focus on different sewing and quilting techniques. Can you say, “Stash Buster?” (List of designers here) There is also guidance on fabric selection and tools needed – it will be fun to see how different these blocks will look with traditional versus modern aesthetics and how different cultures will affect fabric choices!

In addition to the sampler block patterns, there are also bonus pattern/mini projects! You’ll need to read the articles on The Splendid Sampler’s webpage to find them all, but here’s what is available so far: Block Station Project, French Knot Heart Pin Cushion, Walk in the Woods Mini Tote, and Fabric Bucket, and Cathedral Pin Cushion.

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Our members are welcome to join in the fun and we’d love to see our member’s progress, fabric choices, and block outcomes. Bring your pieces to Show & Tell at our guild meetings (last Thursday of the month) and/or take a photo and post to FaceBook, Twitter, or Instagram with #ocmqgss so we can see and cheer on your progress in between meetings!