One of my goals for 2020 was to finish 3 long term WIPs, and today I get to cross the first of those off the list: my Splendid Sampler 2 quilt.
During the sew along, I pieced a total of 42 Splendid Sampler 2 blocks. The blocks finish at 6″ square, and just sewing them together into a 6 x 7 grid would only yield a 36″ x 42″ quilt top. After all the hard work that I put into these blocks, and (let’s be honest), after using such special fabrics that I love, I wanted a nice lap size quilt to cuddle with!
So I took my time arranging the blocks on my design wall. One of the things I noted was that the blocks naturally grouped together into light background blocks, dark background blocks, and more evenly mixed blocks. After sorting the blocks into color groupings, I arranged them into plus sign shapes. From there I had to decide how to piece the background surrounding the pieced blocks. I started by adding in 6″ finished squares of the gold fabrics as spacers between the plus signs. Then I focused on the light blue, dark blue, and finally the Kona Snow. I tried grouping the dark fabrics as a background around the darker blocks, but I much prefer having the contrast of the light background blocks against a dark background and vice versa.
I’m happy to say that I used up the vast majority of the fabric I had left over from piecing all the blocks in the construction of the quilt top. The extra fabric that got added back into my stash will be fun to have available use again for future projects, too.
I was really, really lucky to be able to find 4 continuous yards of some of the Rae Ritchie Supernova fabric that I used in the front of the quilt for the quilt backing. Most of the prints used in the quilt top were from the Supernova line and everything else was selected to compliment it.
I free motion quilted loops using 50wt Aurfil 2784 (Dark Navy) thread. My hope was that the quilting would add a bit of visual texture on the Kona Snow to balance out the fact that the background at the bottom of the quilt is significantly less visually busy than the prints at the top. Up close it definitely has the effect, but I love that when seen as a whole you can still focus on the blocks and piecing.
Also, the photo above has blocks designed for the Splendid Sampler 2 book from 3 former Quilt Theory Designers: Kitty Wilkin (Adventure Abounds), Cheryl Brickey (Star Plus), and me (Balancing Reflection)!
I really love how the flange gives a bit of extra definition and pop to the finish.
It was a great honor to be included as a designer in the Splendid Sampler 2, and I am thrilled with how my new lap quilt came together!