July 1, 2023

Splendid Sampler Quilt


I started this project in 2016, making the pieced blocks as part of the free online Splendid Sampler quiltalong hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. The blocks came from a variety of designers on a daily or weekly basis -- I don't remember exactly, but there were a lot of them! I started making blocks from a stack of fabrics that I thought worked well together, and I continued printing off the pattern instructions even after I made 24 blocks and then wandered away from the project. The blocks were a little small for my liking (6.5" unfinished), my fabrics didn't always translate well to the piecing, and I lost interest.

Years later, I decided to empty the storage box that the project was in. I cut the remaining print fabrics into large squares, alternated them with the pieced blocks, and sashed it all in a coral-colored solid from my stash. Then the top sat for a while in my sewing room closet until I found the right backing and quilted it up in a simple crosshatch design.

I'm happy to have it done after all these years. I'm donating it to my local chapter of Project Linus so that a child might see it, love it, claim it, and enjoy it for many years to come.

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