Splendid Sampler II

Welcome to the last stop on the Splendid Sampler 2 block hop.

I have a story about my quilt block, but first I wanted to tell you about a few behind the scenes details. (excuse my analogies, but it fits)

While I did not birth this Splendid Sampler baby, I was indeed there at conception. A few years ago, I sat with the uber-talented Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson as they talked through this little idea they had. I immediately asked how Moda Fabrics can be involved. We continued to talk through the process from beginning to end, organizing the fabrics, creating Facebook pages, building a website, featuring patterns and inviting creatives to be a part of the journey. We all hit the ground running. Over the next fun months the baby grew and grew, we had our version of morning sickness as we orchestrated picking two color palettes,  dividing the fabrics into sets, shipping them across the world. Whew! Pat and Jane were contacting designers that could tell a story and teach a different technique all in a 6″ block. The baby was birthed, and it grew, bigger than anyone would have expected. It became so much and eventually turned into a book.

Pretty Awesome!
They survived the stretch marks, morning sickness, and delivery.

Well, Jane and Pat decided that they could do this again!!

June 13, 2017, I received the second invite to be a part of another birth…….

Below are swatches of the color palette for Splendid Sampler 2.

Fabrics were cut, folded and mailed.

My block’s name is Big Sun.

I made this block during the Hurricane Harvey.

We were asked to tell our story about Best Quilting Life as we were making our blocks and this is why I named this block,

Big Sun even though it is a little 6″ block.

I couldn’t help but think about how so many people were affected by this storm,
that I wish a Big Sun would come and dry up all the water.

I have been so fortunate to start quilting at a very young age, to have met many people through the process

and eventually found a job in the industry doing what I love.

My quilt block instructions can be found on the Splendid Sampler website, click here for more info.

Splendid Sampler- Big Sun

What I know is quilter’s use their gift of quilting to help others, whether it is making a

quilt for a new baby or comforting those experiencing national disasters.

The life of a quilt lives on long after we are gone, it is a part of the maker, it is part of their story.

Who knows what is in store for Pat and Jane on their journey, but I always hope to be a part of their story and

thank them for including me in the birth of the Splendid Samplers!

Now if you have read all the way to here,
you know I have something good in store for you!
YES, a giveaway!! I have a couple of prizes.

Prize 1

Splendid Sampler 1 book with some fabric goodies!!

Prize 2

Splendid Sampler 2 book with some fabric goodies!!

Leave a comment, letting me know what your favorite size quilt block is and I pick a few winners at random.

I will announce the winners, November 8th.

Be sure and check out all the other great talent that has shared part of their story through the Splendid Sampler projects.

14 Alex Veronelli
21 Rebecca Bryan
28 Helen Stubbings

5 Wenche Wolff Hatling
12 Susan Ache
19 Lori Kennedy
26 Sharon Burgess

2 Brenda Ratliff
9 Amy Friend
16 Rachaeldaisy
30 Nadra Ridgeway

6 Irene Blanck
13 Carl Hentsch
20 Jo Avery
27 Nicole Vos van Avezathe

4 Jenny Doan
11 Jane Pineapple
18 Carolee McMullin
25 Pat Radio Waves




  1. Karen says:

    I like 10 inch blocks. They fill up the quilt with their size and can allow the feature fabric to be featured. But I’ll make any size from mini to one-block quilts. (I love your Oh Scrap book!)

  2. Debra Ingle says:

    I love the 6″ blocks they are so pretty constructed, but love any size blocks. I love all the Splendid Sampler Blocks I have worked on.

  3. Jay Johnson says:

    I like smaller blocks — I’m impatient! So a 6″ block is about as big as I go before I think, “This block is huuuge!”

  4. Sue Morris says:

    I’m certainly getting used to 6 1/2″ blocks having completed about half of the SS1 blocks, I think I will include both in one quilt. I don’t like blocks over ten inches. I purchased the Splendid Sampler 1 book, I haven’t order my copy yet of SS2 as the cost of the book plus postage to Australia is beyond my means. Hoping it is available here soon. Thank you to all people involved including the people behind the scenes that make this sew along possible.

  5. Judee Shuler says:

    I love to work with small blocks — 4 inches or less to make mini quilts. You can use the smallest scraps and finish more quilts quicker!

  6. Karen Morton says:

    I like to use 12 inch blocks mostly. I haven’t really mastered the precision of small block construction, but I’m learning and practicing with my scraps. I love the look of sampler quilts made with smaller blocks.

  7. Judy Stolz says:

    I don’t think I have a favorite size; this year I am working on blocks that finish at 12, 10 1/2, and 6 inches, and they are all complex and challenging at times!!

  8. Sharon Decker says:

    I really like doing the 6 inch block. I have been making and amassing 6 inch blocks for a few years now and they will eventually appear in a California king size quilt. Still have more to do since I only have about 200 of them so far.

  9. Victoria L. says:

    I really enjoyed making the 24″ block. I know it’s big but I think it had fantastic instructions and went together quickly. I love the Splendid Sampler blocks. So much fun to make and learn about different techniques.

  10. Judith says:

    The 8″ to 12′ blocks are the easiest to work with when doing quilt-as-you-go which I try to do with my quilts. I wish I could afford to buy a quilting machine, but, alas, I must do it myself on my BabyLock sewing machine a square at a time.

  11. Becky McCoy says:

    I’m pretty new at this, so not sure I have a favorite. However, most have been 6″. I am interested in so many styles!

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