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February 15, 2017



thanks for your block Gail, it was lovely. I have a pretty pile of blocks in soft pastels - now I need to do some sashing...

Anne Boundy

thanks for your block Gail. I had great intentions too when this first started but I haven't been able to keep up! Planning on making some of my favourites in a quilt for my mum next year.


I also had great intentions, but alas took on another job, and ANY spare time has been spent on stitcheries and knitting. I have printed off all the patterns though. Does this count, lol?


I haven't even started this yet. I've been working on a queen quilt that is a gift and spend every moment on it. I am looking forward to do the Splendid Sampler in the future though. :)


I've got 30 finished so far and another 19 cut out to sew at a retreat next month. In my head I'm searching for a setting pattern that I like.


I started out okay until a couple of the blocks ended up the wrong size or a bit askew...looks like I am a better hand piecer than machinist LOL. I have collected most of the blocks but need to redo the ones I mucked up first.

Inca Turton

I loved your block Gail. I've done them all and just enjoyed looking forward to what was next. Thanks.


The last year has been a wonderful journey, I have learned many new techniques making 91 blocks so far. My new love is paper piecing.

Julie D

I've made 87 blocks and I'm 87 times better than when I started the sampler. Still lots more work to do before it's all finished but it's fun.

Helen McCulloch

I've made 81 blocks from my stash so it will be my memory quilt, reminding me of so many wonderful projects that I have made over a long time. What a wonderful journey it has been with so many great people.

Skye B

Unfortunately I have not started, but have saved and printed each block and all the bonuses. Plus I've got the fabric I want to use sorted...monochromatic with a splash of yellow - very different for me

Jenny Trask

Thank you Gail for being one of the generous designers of the Splendid Sampler. I have had such a wonderful time learning new techniques and have accumulated 110 awesome blocks for my new quilt. I have also been reacquainted with my love of embroidery and managed to start a few stitchery quilts, and finished one for my quilter Mum. X


I, too, had great intentions of completing the Splendid Sampler but got lost along the way. Did get to finish 'Stitch in the Garden'(my way). Will endeavor to start again at the Patchwork Camp coming up soon. I'm hoping to make a big hole in my box of small pieces-otherwise known as Scraps.

Anita Jackson

Gail, Even though I am not close to completion either, I truly enjoyed traveling all over the world, reading about each designer.. .their tips, challenges they over come and sharing a bit about their lives. Inspiration came from so many avenues and challenges were accepted many times over! I've learned a lot in my skills and enjoyed trying new methods and techniques~ quiltlovefordomesticfelicity(at)gmail(dot)com


I love this sew-a-long even though I am far behind. I have only finished 8 blocks. I need to complete a couple of UFO's and then I am back to it. Thank you for your block design!

Arlene Froelich

I haven't started my blocks yet. I have my fabric bought and my three ring binder is full of the patterns, I have the book preordered. I have had a busy year last year and I have 7 quilts in process now, I might as well get started on this one and make it 8 quilts that I am working on. I Love Quilting :)

Paula S

SS was a great way to use fabric scraps and learn precise cutting makes for better blocks

Merrill Higan

I love seeing all the pretty blocks in the Splendid Sampler. I started with good intentions but have fallen off a bit. This month I intend to finish them. Thanks you

Sylvia Frazer

Only 2 blocks to go, Gail. I must admit I am pleased that the sampler is over. Your quilt will look gorgeous! Love the blues.

N J Ready

I've finished 37 blocks so far. It's bee fun seeing everyones version

Christine Reymers

I've loved seeing everyone's version of the blocks. I started out with great intentions and have printed all the blocks but as with many of us life got in the way. Reading through the tips from all of the generous designers, including you of course, has taught me a lot. Thank you.

Donna Fellows

I am so excited to be on the home stetch ...9 blocks to go! What a great year its been! I have learned that i love paper piecing and applique and my embroidery has improved.

Cathy Radcliffe

I have finished 82 and have never sewn as much as I have this year! Thank you to Pat, Jane, all the designers, and all the Spenderettes who shared their blocks.

Margaret Vernon

My small stitching group has just start ed this. We are using fabrics from Australian Patchwork & Stitching magazine .... pinks, blues, yellows, greens, purple and cream in floral and abstracts. Haven't done your block yet but it is very sweet. Can't wait to do it!

Julia Casanova

Para mí fue un gran reto hacer paper piecing, sobre todo el bloque #28 – Stitching Fashion, este año ha sido un verdadero camino de aprendizaje con todas las técnicas utilizadas durante todo el sampler, ha sido arduo y divertido, gratificante cuando al terminar el bloque alcanzaba la medida exacta, frustrante cuando había que repetirlo, pero cuando miro los bloques juntos me asombro del progreso personal que he logrado, agradezco a Pat Sloan y todas las increíbles diseñadoras que aportaron su talento y creatividad para tener en casa la muestra del trabajo en grupo,gracias

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