Grandma's Abiding Faith - Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Grandma’s Abiding Faith

The block I pieced this week, Grandma's Abiding Faith, by Jill Shaulis (@yellowcreekquiltdesigns) seemed to call for more fussy cutting. While we all know the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, the block does seem nicely grounded with the Earth in the middle. Be sure to visit The Splendid Sampler website to see the other blocks revealed today....

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Pinwheel Magic – Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Pinwheel Magic and Spinning Star

There's just something about classic pinwheel and star blocks, aren't there? Marilyn Foreman (@quiltmoments) created a playful exploration of the pinwheel block that I couldn't resist piecing. And I love the rays coming out from the center of Shelley Robson's Spinning Star block. Clearly I needed a Cat-ronaut at the center of the block directing all the fun! Be sure to visit The...

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Sparkling Star - Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Sparkling Star

Whew, I've been home from QuiltCon for a day and I'm starting to get my bearings again. Well, only partially. Somehow I used the template for the Sparkling Star block by Linda Nitzen backwards so my star is a bit different than the one in the book. But it's done and sparkling with planets in the background. Be sure to visit The Splendid...

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There's Always One – Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – There’s Always One and Twice As Much!

I have been anticipating piecing these two blocks since I received my Splendid Sampler 2 book in the mail. Sometimes simplicity in design allows fabric selection shine! There's Always One by Jennifer Keltner is such a fun, playful block, and I just had to feature my astronaut cat prints in these flying geese blocks. Shruti Dandekar created the Twice As Much!...

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Coastline Sponge Cake - – Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Coastline Sponge Cake

I chose to piece Katarina Roccella's Coastline Sponge Cake block for the Splendid Sampler 2 sew along this week. I really enjoyed how the block came together and how the directional triangle print worked out in the block was a fun detail for me as well. Be sure to visit The Splendid Sampler website to see the other blocks revealed today. And if...

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Come Together – Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Iowa Star, Come Together, and Match Point

Technically, I pieced 3 of the 4 blocks revealed today in the Splendid Sampler 2 sew along. But in reality, I added 4 blocks to my growing pile! Jody Sanders presents us with the lovely Iowa Star block this week. The block is paper pieced and is one that will look wonderful in a wide range of colors. Lee Monroe from...

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Lauren's Flower Basket – Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Lauren’s Flower Basket and Fresh Start

I am starting to really be on a roll with the Splendid Sampler 2 sew along! With the addition of the 2 blocks I pieced for today, I am up to 25 finished blocks. The first block I pieced for this week is Lauren's Flower Basket by Annette Plog. I can already envision setting this block on point. We'll see...

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Star Plus - Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Star Plus and Connection

The Splendid Sampler 2 sew along continues this week and a few more quilting friends get to reveal and share their block designs today! The Star Plus block is by Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs. Of course it contains a plus sign and is representative of her family, the stars in her life. The Connection block is by Sheri from Whole...

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Adventure Abounds – Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Adventure Abounds, Creative Harmony, and Metropolis

This week I couldn't help myself and chose to piece 3 of the 4 revealed blocks on The Splendid Sampler website today. Adventure Abounds, designed by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) was a block that I really wanted to make after seeing her Summer Adventure Quilt come together over summer hikes and other outings with her family. I wasn't sure how the...

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Country Star – Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Country Star

The Splendid Sampler 2 picks the pace back up again today by sharing 4 more blocks and designers from the book. I chose to piece the Country Star by Nancy Mahoney. I could envision this block made with a dark background and lighter pieces and think it would be stunning! Be sure to visit The Splendid Sampler website to see the...

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Changing Seasons - Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Changing Seasons {Catch Up}

Visit The Splendid Sampler today to get a bonus block from Jane Davidson. With the holidays here, we are getting a break and I chose to go back and sew one of Jane's blocks revealed a few weeks ago that I didn't have time to put together, Changing Seasons. Just like last week, I opted to leave off the applique...

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For Madge - Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – For Madge {Catch Up}

Visit The Splendid Sampler today to get a bonus block from Pat Sloan. With the holidays here, we are getting a break and I chose to go back and sew one of Pat's blocks revealed a few weeks ago that I didn't have time to put together, For Madge. I chose to leave off the applique elements in the corners...

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Nancy's Spool - Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Nancy’s Spool

When I saw that one of the blocks in the Splendid Sampler 2 was by the late Nancy Zieman, I knew that I would piece it no matter what. Nancy's Spool offers a lot of great background space, which was perfect for my large cat-ronaut print. Cats in space with a large spool of thread. Why not? Be sure to visit...

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Balancing Reflection - Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Balancing Reflection

Hello and warm welcome to the reveal of the block I designed for The Splendid Sampler 2: Balancing Reflection! For those of you that are visiting for the first time, my name is Yvonne Fuchs and I am a quilter, designer, teacher, technical editor, blogger, and all around quilting community cheerleader and enthusiast. In my earlier career, I worked as an...

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Splendid Sampler II – Antique Memories, First Aid, and Piece in Chaos

After the Thanksgiving break and 2 bonus blocks, the Splendid Sampler 2 is back with 4 blocks from the book revealed today. And I chose to piece 3 of them! Antique Memories is by none other than Pat Sloan. I carefully planned to get some of my fun prints to shine. First Aid is by Jane Davidson (Quilt Jane), and I...

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Magic Squares - Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Magic Squares

If you are celebrating today, Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful that Pat and Jane are offering another bonus block today to help lighten the holiday load. Today's block, Magic Squares, was designed by Pat. I am also thankful that the block offers larger fabric cuts to use for fussy cutting fun! I plan to be baking homemade cinnamon rolls and generally...

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The Last Leaf - Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – The Last Leaf

Pat and Jane have a few bonus blocks planned to add to the Splendid Sampler mix, and this week is one of the bonus block weeks! Jane designed the fun "The Last Leaf" block and it comes together quickly enough to make a fun diversion in the midst of holiday season preparations. Be sure to visit The Splendid Sampler blog for...

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Curves Forever - Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Curves Forever

Welcome to the first week of sewing from the Splendid Sampler 2 book! The free sew along is over, where 20 of the blocks from the Splendid Sampler 2 were shared for free. Beginning today, the pace is really going to increase. Each week from The Splendid Sampler blog you will be able to: Tour the four design team websites...

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Radio Waves - Splendid Sampler II Block
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Splendid Sampler II – Radio Waves

Today the Splendid Sampler II sew-along block is designed by none other than Pat Sloan. (Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson are the co-authors of Splendid Sampler and Splendid Sampler 2.) Radio Waves comes together quickly and I used the larger pieces within the block as places to feature more of the fun prints I selected. I am very happy with how...

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