Today’s stop on the Oh Scrap blog hop is the insatiable Pat Sloan.
Pat is the life of any quilt gathering and her husband Gregg is also up for the party. They drive across the country teaching classes, lectures and meeting quilters.
my how time flies!! Seems like yesterday that I sat down with Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan as they were dreaming up this little project. we talked about the logistics of getting fabrics in all of the designers hands, how we would create the website, who was going to do what and when it was all going to happen. We talked about all the things that have to happen in the background to make this all work. AMAZING!!
This LITTLE project does not even begin to describe how the community of Splendid Sampler has grown. Designers from all over the world have created blocks and shared a little about themselves, then quilter’s from all over the world joined in. The splendid sampler bug spread like a virus that there is no cure for. Here are just a few of the blocks available.
To celebrate the SPLENDID SAMPLER book, there is a fantastic giveaway!!
Click here for more information about the book and the giveaway.
I am 57 out of 100.
This is not my class rank or my finish in the last 5K I participated in.
It is my block number in the Splendid Sampler.
I call it the Super Splendid Sampler. (triple S)
It seems like yesterday that I met with Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson as they were cooking up this idea. What a idea it was, bringing together 100 different people from the quilting community from all over the world to make 1- 6″ block.
Sounds easy enough! I had fun playing with a 6″ block, but tying it to a story about me got a little tough. Where to begin?
I played wth fabrics and decided Starting Point was the perfect description for my journey as a quilter. I started quilting in 1980, pre-google, pre online shopping, pre-almost everything! I am a self taught quilter, trying to figure it out as I went along. This was my Starting Point.
The Block instructions are posted on the Splendid Sampler website. I snagged this picture from the site. I had completely forgotten that I wrote the silly note on the envelope when I mailed it to Pat.
In 1989 my SIL gave me a book, It’s Okay to Sit on My Quilt by Mary Ellen Hopkins and an Olfa rotary cutter. Game Changer!! I was hooked. Many books, classes and quilts later, I am still as passionate about the art of quilting as I was then. I continue to learn and be inspired and hope the Splendid Sampler has inspired you.
If you are making the sampler, keep going, you can do it. Hopefully, you have learned a few new things and met some quilty friends along the way.
ONE FINAL THING
Organizing and supporting such a project has been borderline miraculous for Jane and Pat, or maybe a better description would be as if they were herding cats. Thank you to Pat, Jane and all of the designers contributing to this project. Hop on over to Splendid Sampler to download my block instructions.
Are you a part of this viral quilting community? Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan are the masterminds behind this year long event, sharing 100 blocks from 80 different designers. (I use the word designer loosely, since I am included and not a designer.) It is amazing to me that Jane (from Australia) and Pat (from the US) have connected, organized and joined together over 13,000 people that share one common interest, Quilting.
All the details and much much more is listed here.
Here is the line-up to mark your calendars and meet some new friends.
Feb 14 Pat Sloan
Feb 18 Jane Davidson
Feb 21 Melissa Corry http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/
Feb 25 Jen Kingwell http://jenkingwelldesigns.blogspot.com/
Feb 28 Celine Perkins http://www.perkinsdrygoods.com/blog/
Mar 3 Natalia Bonner http://www.pieceandquilt.com/
Mar 6 Amy Sinibaldi http://nanacompany.typepad.com/
Mar 10 Julie Karasek https://www.patchedworks.com/
Mar 13 Jane Davidson
Mar 17 Sherri McConnell http://www.aquiltinglife.com/
Mar 20 Alyssa Thomas http://www.penguinandfish.com/
Mar 24 Pat Sloan
Mar 27 Corey Yoder http://www.littlemissshabby.com/
Mar 31 Janet Clare http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/
Apr 3 Janice Ryan http://betteroffthread.com/
Apr 7 Lindsay Mayland – APQ http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/blogs/apqstaff/
Apr 10 Kimberly Jolly http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
Apr 14 Pat Sloan
Apr 17 Jane Davidson
Apr 21 Vicki Tucek http://tozzscorner.blogspot.com/
▪ There is a Bonus block and Jane created a tutorial to make an adorable Block Station. The Page with project Share is HERE