The Splendid Sampler – Halfway there!

Hello fellow Splendid Sampler Sewists! I’m so excited about this project, and reaching the mid-point! I’m here to let you know that it’s ok if you don’t have all the blocks done — It’s ok. There’s a number of things that have kept me from sewing my Splendid Sampler blocks, want a quick look?

In June I had my new book release –

Modern Heritage Quilts by Amy Ellis

I’m really excited about Modern Heritage Quilts and can’t wait to see what everyone makes from it. You can see all the quilts in the book here. The Comfort Quilt is my most favorite quilt from the book:

The Comfort Quilt from Modern Heritage Quilts by Amy Ellis - AmysCreativeSide.com

In July, my next fabric line started showing to shops-

Adventures by Amy Ellis for Moda Fabrics - AmysCreativeSide.com

Adventures is a graphic representation of the family trip we took last summer to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. I’ve been working on four quilt patterns, and the embroidery shown, to go with all the fabric. If you want to be of the first to know when the patterns are available, sign up for my newsletter here. (they should be ready in the next few weeks!)

With the half way point of the project on the horizon, I printed out a few of the patterns that looked like I could finish quickly and had some fun stitching over the weekend.

A Few Splendid Sampler Blocks - AmysCreativeSide.com

I’ve added some new fat quarters to my assortment, and I need to lay them all out again and see what colors I need to add to my next blocks. I don’t usually work with such small blocks, so these have been a fun challenge, and keep me practiced with the tiny pieces. One of my favorite ways to keep little pieces in check is pinsfine pins

Not the most glamorous tool, but they do the job! I tend to pin at an angle so that I can easily pull the pin out at the last moment, before it goes under the needle. If you aren’t a fan of pins – these are worth the try! They are super fine, perfect for the small pieces, and super sharp too, while not so large that they leave a hole in the fabric you pin together.

 

**Giveaway – Enter to win a new pack of pins + some other goodies!  To win share your favorite tip for sewing all the blocks, and I’d love to know how many Splendid Sampler blocks you’ve sewn. I’ll select a winner on August 10th – Good Luck!!

Happy Quilting –

Amy

PS – There’s a list of partners celebrating this week over at The Splendid Sampler – be sure to pick up block instructions too!

 

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296 Comments

  1. Lisa R. August 3, 2016 at 7:35 am - Reply

    I’ve been able (so far) to keep up and complete 49 blocks. I have so enjoyed this journey and thank everyone involved who donated their time and talents!

  2. Debbie August 3, 2016 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I am not sure that this is a tip but my favorite tools for the Splendid Sampler have been my 6.5″ square and my 2.5″ square. They make cutting the block pieces so much easier plus they keep my measurements more accurate! I have finished 35 blocks with 2 still in process. Thanks, Amy!

  3. Carola August 3, 2016 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Hi. I sewed 50 blocks so far. The original plan was for a 7 x 11 lap quilt, but since ALL of the blocks are xuper cute I may make two quilts out of them. How I sew them? I choose fabric = the hardest part, even though I more or less only have red and green striped and dotted fabrics with a few text ones in between – and then start :-) Easy and delightful!

  4. MINDY WOLFE August 3, 2016 at 7:44 am - Reply

    STARCHING THE SMALL PIECES REALLY HELPS. I HAVE COMPLETED 47 BLOCKS SO FAR.

  5. Sherry Walley August 3, 2016 at 7:44 am - Reply

    My favorite tool for the Splendid Sampler is my 2 1/2″ square. I am still trying to catch up, I have 21 blocks finished.

  6. Paula August 3, 2016 at 7:47 am - Reply

    I have been doing pretty well keeping up with all of the blocks. I like to print them off right when they come out. Then I pick out my fabrics and cut the pieces out or get them ready to go. I long arm quilt during the day so, evenings are spent getting blocks or other projects ready to go when I spend time on Saturdays and Mondays sewing with a group of friends. I stay organized by using page protectors to keep my pattern in along with the pieces I cut out until I get them sewn together. I have enjoyed this journey so far. It has made me stretch and go way out of my comfort zone to try new techniques. Thank so much.

  7. Heather August 3, 2016 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I have sewn all the blocks , plus the bonus blocks and a few more. My total number right now is 67.

  8. Joan Buchholz August 3, 2016 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I have completed all of the blocks plus most of the bonus blocks. I am making it for my daughter using red, black and white. My favorite tool is the 6 1/2″ square. Helps keep everything squared up!

  9. Sobana Sundar August 3, 2016 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Hi Amy those fabrics of yours are so lovely! Especially the one that is about ‘ one who wanders is not lost. I love that. I just have block 49 to do and Pat’s bonus block. No tip in particular but doing so many has improved my piecing skills and seeing the different fabric choices has been an eye opener.

  10. Cathy M. Arney August 3, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

    My favorite tool is my 6 1’2″ square! Super easy sizing blocks up!!! Since I am making three different Splendid Samplers in three different color schemes, (Civil War, 30’s and Blk/wht/red) I find that sorting and picking out my fabrics for each block and then cutting pieces out (or whatever the preparation for that particular block requires) on the first day is essential to getting them done. If I have time I also sew them that day. But if I’m particularly busy, organization is everything to keeping up! My tip: prep work! Organization I have all but block #20 done. I traced it and then misplaced it! LOL. The lost is now found (as I cleaned my Quilting Laiar last night) and will be added to the done pile soon!

  11. Jill August 3, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Precise measurements!!! A little block….a tiny bit off on the measurements and it REALLY shows. I’ve completed 45 blocks.

  12. Meredith August 3, 2016 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Just 19 done for me, with a couple more in progress, plus one in the “do over” pile, lol! My most useful tips for making these blocks is to try everything, and take it slowly!

  13. Laura Rooke August 3, 2016 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I have most of the blocks and bonus blocks done. Only a few behind due to a wrist injury but I am still stitching away. Th e best tip is to visit each designer’s blog or page for any tips on how to do their block.I have learned so much from everyone and have made blocks that I never thought I would be able to do. I’m so excited for the next 50!

  14. Beth Kyzer August 3, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

    I am a pretty novice quilter, so not tips. I have learned a lot though from the designers and the other quilters post!!

  15. Christy Miller August 3, 2016 at 8:30 am - Reply

    I am plugging along on my #42 block. I have a few half done, you know, embroidery….sigh..and hexies…sigh again. My tips for making the blocks….check attitude…joy and fun should register on the meter, if not do something else for a bit. I am doing two different quilts with the blocks in brights and Civil War reproduction fabrics. It is best for me to cut out both blocks at tje same time. I then lay the pieces out on the boards. If there are any HST I do them all and place back on their respective boards. Oh, I always starch my fabric before I cut. Wow, the difference it makes in the block not stretching out of shape is astounding. My most important tip….:) hang your blocks where you can see them while you are in your sewing room. Such encouragement.

  16. Stacey August 3, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

    I am like you– not used to such tiny blocks! My tip is to find someone to bounce ideas off of or even teach you a thing or two. That is really been pivotal in my block creations!

  17. Anu August 3, 2016 at 8:32 am - Reply

    I just caught up and have sewed all 49 blocks. My tip is to try every block and maybe you end up enjoying the learning process.

  18. Amy Rizzo August 3, 2016 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Tips: precut 3-4 blocks of the same type and do them together. I was very far behind (20 blocks or more) and I prepped all my machine appliqué and just left them by the sewing machine. As I changed thread for a project I would do that color on my project. After the week I had worked in all my appliqué blocks adding no additional time.

  19. Darlene August 3, 2016 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I am up to date this far with 49 blocks done. My tip is .. take your time it is not a race.

  20. Erin August 3, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I’m in the mid 40s, though some are bonuses because I wasn’t always happy with my efforts and they may not make the cut in the end. Favorite tips so far: Don’t be afraid to try something new! And STARCH those little pieces! (Which I had never done before.)

  21. Kathy Biggs August 3, 2016 at 8:48 am - Reply

    My tip is to not stress over the small stuff…it will be just fine because you tried your best and that is all that matters. I have 47 blocks completed and the last two hand embroidery blocks “under construction” . I’m really slow at hand embroidery. Having a fantastic time with this Splendid journey!

  22. Casey C. August 3, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I have finished 48 blocks. #49 is on hold until I get a baby quilt finished for my niece who is due August 18th! I usually drop everything to complete the latest block, but not this time!

  23. Nancy Daly August 3, 2016 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Hi Amy,
    I’m on block 49 – hoping to finish tonight, just in time for BLOCK 50!!! Yahoo! What a great project – I’m loving the learning, the perfecting of skills, even the frustration, because when the block is complete, I love it! I’ve made all the bonus blocks and a few of the bonus projects; I’ve even made a few things several times as gifts. The adventure is awesome!
    Nancy

  24. Heathe Lalonde August 3, 2016 at 8:52 am - Reply

    I have been able to keep up to date so far. I left out a couple of the embroidery blocks but substituted them by using bonus blocks. So my total is 49 before I tackle today’s bonus block. My biggest tip would be to take your time. Even the blocks I thought would be very difficult were possible by just moving slowly.

  25. Dino August 3, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I have doe 45 blocks and 10 bonus blocks. My tip is to work on them when you feel like it, don’t be afraid to put one aside if you are getting frustrated, bored or overwhelmed. It took me a month to do Balls in the Air, a little at a time. and I ended up really loving it and had fun too. OH and pins, they can be your friends….

  26. Jennifer August 3, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I started late in the event around 1st of July and have about 30 completed. Working backwards and forwards to get them caught up. I have learned many new techniques and ripped many a seam out :)

  27. Cindy G August 3, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply

    I am loving the sew-a-long. I have 46 complete with several bonus blocks. Of course my favorite tool is my 8″ square up tool. My best tip is measure along the way to completion. If smaller block units are not measuring correctly, the final block will not be precise. I can’t wait for the next 50.

  28. Shirley August 3, 2016 at 9:04 am - Reply

    I just need to do the handwork on blocks 48 and 49. For paper piecing I really find the add a quarter ruler helpful

  29. JoanG August 3, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

    I’ve been collecting the patterns and will be starting with the embroidered blocks this weekend. I love working an a small scale, so these blocks are right up my alley.

  30. Mary D August 3, 2016 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Starch, starch and more starch would be my tip for dealing with such small pieces. I recommend taking your time as this is not a race but more of a skill building, fun and creative process. A 6.5 inch square ruler is certainly handy too. Oh and I am using a washable glue stick as an aid to keep my small pieces together for sewing. It works great.

    I have a steady supply of scraps and focus fabrics to choose from. My sampler quilt will be an eclectic mix of fabrics that represent my personality. I have always looked for the thinnest of pins to use. They work the best.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  31. Mary D August 3, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Oops, I have 40 blocks completed so far.

  32. Sherryl Wynne August 3, 2016 at 9:27 am - Reply

    I’ve made 42 regular blocks and 9 bonus blocks so far and I’m loving it! I know myself and I know that if I let myself get too far behind, I’ll probably stop – so I try to get the blocks stitched up within a week of when they come out. Know Thyself! Also, I allow myself to skip the blocks that use techniques I don’t enjoy (like those with intensive embroidery). The motto at my house is “if it ain’t fun, it won’t get done”!

  33. Beverly Jordan August 3, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I’ve finished about half a dozen so far. My tip is to put all the patterns in those sleeves that fit a notebook and then when the block is finished, slip the block in the sleeve as well. I keep all my patterns and and all 6 of my blocks in a binder so they don’t get lost.

  34. Christine August 3, 2016 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I am currently on block 47 of my Splendid Sampler. A little behind, but not too bad. My best tip is to FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. Thanks so much for being part of this project! I will always treasure my Splendid Sampler… I’ve learnt so much!

  35. Susan Burhans August 3, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

    I’m up to date with 49! My best tip: relax and enjoy!

  36. Cynthia Brunz August 3, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

    I am up to date on my Splendid blocks. But because of the fabrics I am using, I am not doing any of the embroidery blocks. My best tip for those small blocks is at the tuna” press of the block, throw a book on it and let it cool. The block will come out beautifully flat.

  37. dianna August 3, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Oh my! I need those pins! I love Clover! And, I love fine, fine pins! I must have bought the wrong clover pins last time, because they all got caught up while sewing, I know I’m supposed to pull them out, but, I’m bad about that. BAD! I have been lucky and have got to sew all 49 blocks together so far, so good.

  38. Leanne Parsons August 3, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I haven’t made any blocks yet, but I have them all downloaded and ready for when I am :) Thanks for the chance to win! My favourite sewing tip is take your time and enjoy the process. Rushing means you’ll probably make a mistake and if you’re not enjoying the process then quilting will stop being fun.

  39. Karen August 3, 2016 at 9:58 am - Reply

    I have 45 blocks completed…my best tip is to take your time and read the directions…

  40. rachelle pare August 3, 2016 at 10:03 am - Reply

    so far only 2 but great intentions lol my best tip is to precut all my fabrics and label them before i start

  41. Donna W August 3, 2016 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Starching your fabric before you cut.

  42. Teresa August 3, 2016 at 10:12 am - Reply

    21so far. My tip change your needle frequently, it gives better results.

  43. Laura August 3, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I have finished 42 of the blocks plus most of the bonus blocks. my tip is to at least try each of the techniques because its just like food, you might be surprised to discover you really do like guacamole and english paper-piecing!

  44. Anita Jackson August 3, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

    I’ve made 19 of the blocks and much like you, I am easing my way and going with the flow. I work on them at my own pace so I don’t feel the mad rush to hurry up and get it done! I enjoy the process much more this way. And I pick up on skill sets and techniques. My tip: Enjoy the process, don’t rush yourself!

  45. Debbie Rhodes August 3, 2016 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I got way behind and found cutting several blocks and having them ready to sew made me be able to catch up much quicker than I thought I could.

  46. Claire McKiernan August 3, 2016 at 10:21 am - Reply

    45 blocks…tip…..take your time, enjoy the journey! Claire

  47. Giulia August 3, 2016 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Tips by me: sew like you have all the time of the world, rush is a bad company!
    Take your time to see if your happy with your fabric choices.
    Starch is your friend and so are pins.
    Try new techniques like you’re watching a kind of movie you usually don’t see. If you don’t try, how will you ever know if you like it?

  48. Linda Williamson August 3, 2016 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I’ve made about 30 blocks so far. I’ve learned so much from all the designers, but I have to say using starch has really upped my game. It really makes a big difference. Thanks for your block and this giveaway.

  49. Nyla-Jean August 3, 2016 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I’m about 25 blocks in. I will often lay out the scraps I want to use in a particular block just before I go t bed so it’s there when I have a few minutes the next day. Of course, sometimes I have to stay up late then.

  50. Shannon Miller August 3, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

    I LOVE your new fabric line! The colors are magnificent! I’ve only been able to make about 35 of the blocks….life happens and I have other projects that need to be done for special occasions. But I print the block and pull the fabrics each day the blocks come out. That way when I have a moment, I can stitch up the block.

  51. JUDIE HARRON August 3, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Thanks for your block Amy! I was ready for a breather from some of the more challenging blocks and sew yours came right at the perfect moment to spur me on! I have made 34 SS blocks and 7 bonus blocks sew far. Took time out to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary last week…timely, right…50 years and 50 blocks…what a coincidence!

    I guess my tip is nothing ventured, nothing gained. Read directions twice, choose fabrics (this takes the most time!) and then sew at your own pace…the satisfaction at finishing the block is SPLENDID! Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. karen cutter August 3, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Being a late starter I have a lot of catching up to do.

  53. Valerie Neff August 3, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I have completed 48 blocks and all the bonus blocks. The little hexies is waiting for me to conquer ! I have also done some duplicates when the color coordination wasn’t quite right. My tip is to be sure when starting to piece …square yoiurself AND The block under the presser foot !!

  54. Jackie Papallo August 3, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I am so in love with your Comfort quilt. I have to make it, it just draws me in.

  55. Joanne Larson August 3, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I’ve completed 56 blocks and bonus blocks plus add sashing in between as I go so I can see the bigger picture! My tip is to print out each block and have the pieces cut and ready to go…sometimes I will make 2, 3, 4…depending all in one day if I’ve fallen behind a little. Plus I get all excited to get the NEW block pattern and to see if it’s something I’ve not done before…have learned quite a few new things here.

  56. Kathy August 3, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

    36 done. All the tips have been helpful. Thank you

  57. JUDIE HARRON August 3, 2016 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Forgot to mention how much I LOVE your new fabric line. I have two grown children living in Colorado and I know they would love a quilt made from these fabrics. Our youngest son just became engaged so a wedding quilt is in the planning stages. I signed up for your onlne Modern Heritage Quilt a long, but may have to choose another quilt pattern from the book to make instead…decisions, decisions! I am also eagerly awaiting the patterns for the newest fabric line…great work…loved the photos in your newsletter. Keep on designing, Amy, love your work!

  58. Anne Hilgers August 3, 2016 at 10:49 am - Reply

    I am soooo fae behind. I have cut out five blocks and none are finished. I have been trying to complete some other projects first to make space for this one. I find pressing and starching the fabric before cutting and my 6 1/2 square help to keep all squared up.

  59. Jeanne Brown August 3, 2016 at 10:54 am - Reply

    I have 2 done and 6 cut to sew . I also have some other projects I am doing.

  60. Jennifer P August 3, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Like you, I’ve had other things in life tugging at me so I have yet to make my first block. Looking forward to kids back in school for some time toward the end of September. I have to admit that I am a pin snob and will only use the skinniest and sharpest in the market. These pictured are some of the best. I’m loving the cute embroidery you have with your fabrics, too! It seems to me that these blocks, like any blocks, take patience and precision. If you enjoy the ride, you’re dong it right.

  61. Julie August 3, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Haven’t done any yet, as working on the UFO pile. But now pulling fabric. ; I love all tips!

  62. Jeanne Brown August 3, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

    I have 2 done and 6 cut to sew . I also have some other projects I am doing. I think pre cutting halps to get them done then you can sew when you want.

  63. Darla August 3, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

    My tip would be to check your quarter inch seam allowance. Sometimes a scant quarter inch is better. Finally learned how to change my needle position to bet a scant quarter inch.

  64. Charleen DiSante August 3, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I have been sooo busy with baby quilts that I haven’t started the splendiferous splendid sample set of blocks. I WON’T be discouraged that I am 50 behind. Ooops, correction, I made some coasters with the heart paper pieced block. The tip I like about most of the blocks is that if we take our time, and approach it calmly we can do a block.

  65. Allison CB August 3, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

    I confess I have only made six of the blocks (been off on vacation the last couple of weeks…) but I love using my Creative Grids 2.5 inch square ruler. Really is nice to have!! Thanks for the chance!

  66. Amy Dean August 3, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

    I haven’t sewn any blocks yet. I’m waiting to get my fabric sorted and my new sewing room set up. Maybe I’ll just print up pics of all the blocks and post them as decorations for the room.

    Amy

  67. Georgeanna Couldry August 3, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

    I have sewn 3 blocks then summer hit and all my free time was gone. I like starching the fabric. I get a more accurate seam allowance.

  68. Lori Baker August 3, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

    I’ve only got 20 done with several one waiting for the hand stitching. I’m not use to making such small blocks so my advice would be to take your time.

  69. Ruth August 3, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

    I haven’t made any blocks yet.

  70. cathy k August 3, 2016 at 11:27 am - Reply

    My tip is try them all, I have fails but I am learning.. It has been a great adventure. I have 49 done.

  71. Cathy Crowder August 3, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

    I’ve made 42 blocks. I love to use a post card to help when paper piecing. I fold the paper over the post card on the line, trim my fabric to 1/4″ using the “add a quarter” ruler. It keeps the fold/line crisp and makes it a nice 1/4 when done cutting. I then fold it back and sew on the line.

  72. debbie garrison August 3, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

    My favorite tip so far this summer has been to put my cut pieces in zip lock bags and pt all the pieces in a box or container to keep everything together. I have not done any of these blocks yet but I am looking forward to making them when I get the time.

  73. Sandy A in St. Louis August 3, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

    I haven’t made any of the blocks yet, so I can’t give any hints on sewing them. When I do make small blocks, though, I make sure I measure all the units and sub-units so they are the correct size and my blocks come out uniform

  74. Kari August 3, 2016 at 11:36 am - Reply

    My favorite tool for the Splendid Sampler has been the 2 1/2 square ruler for cutting up those tiny HST blocks. I also think it works well for me to sit down and plan out a block or two, cut the fabric and save for when I have a moment to actually sew. It helps so much!

  75. Cynthia Meredith August 3, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I’ve made 35.. first I make one from the scrap basket as a test block.

  76. Crystal August 3, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

    favorite tip for sewing the blocks- iron, measure twice, cut once, (I think some of us have even made a block that echoes that sentiment!) and keep your cutting tools sharp!

    I have completed 1-25.

    P.S. I love your embroidery (any use of a Tolkien quote is an automatic thumbs up here!) and new fabric design. Thanks for sharing and designing!

  77. Jan N. August 3, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I have completed 44 blocks so far and many are in progress (picking fabric is the hardest for me). Following the instructions carefully has helped me while sewing all these different blocks. I need to slow down a bit but it’s so exciting! Thanks for sharing and for all you do!

  78. Sandy August 3, 2016 at 11:58 am - Reply

    My quarter inch ruler I use for paper piecing has been my greatest asset. So far I’ve been able to stay up to date with the blocks (so probably need to stop typing and start stitching!), as I have this weeks Sunday’s and today’s bonus block yet to complete, but all the others are completed and awaiting assembly. That includes all of the bonus blocks and a few extras from Moda and a few others I’ve come across on various blogs. It’s been fun and I’ve learned LOTS!! and the small blocks have certainly been a huge challenge at times. Can’t say I was a quilter before starting this journey, and may not be able to say it at the end either! HA! But it’s been everything from frustrating to FUN!! Thanks for your contributions to this project!!

  79. Joan August 3, 2016 at 11:59 am - Reply

    My favourite tool, if it counts is Roxy’s glue, and I have 32 blocks completed so far. A bit behind as I have skipped the embroidery blocks :(

  80. Marilyn August 3, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    My favorite tool is The Strip Stick. It’s a piece of wood, flat on the bottom, rounded on the top, and covered in muslin. I press most seams open, and this tool helps to get nice, flat seams, and my fingers never get burned. I’ve made close to 40 blocks and plan to catch up as I can. I look forward to Thursday and Sunday when the new blocks are released!

  81. Ann Marie Ott August 3, 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    I have made all the blocks so far and most of the bonus blocks too – it has been a fun, learning experience and I look forward to the next 50 blocks. I think my best tip is to take your time and try to do each block – learn from it – sometimes it is learning that you don’t enjoy this type of sewing and sometimes you learn something new and decide it is something you want to do more of. You will never know which until you try it!

  82. Diana Salmon August 3, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I have got to get back into quilting!! I’ve been knitting and have had a wrist injury so have not done much sewing. I am getting psyched to get going again though. I have loved beautiful fabric since I was very young. I used to play fabric shop (when I was supposed to be going to sleep) with the double wedding ring quilt my Nana had made and was on my bed.

  83. Andrea August 3, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I’ve just finished 17 blocks but I’d say my tip is – stretch yourself with new techniques but don’t get bogged down if you really don’t want to do a certain block. I’ve tried paper piecing and applique but honestly, I am skipping the embroidery. The best part has been seeing everyone else’s finished blocks!

  84. Stacey Martin August 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    First off…love your fabric. Hubby and I drive semi truck all over country and spend time on rv for vacation so it fits us perfectly!

    I have completed 37 blocks and I do love my 6 1/2 ruler as a tool and my 1/4 foot! As fat as a tip goes, print out each block as it comes out. I tend to get the embroidery and applique blocks first because I can take them on the road with me. Put some of these types of blocks in a bag and carry with you. You can work on them during work breaks, while waiting on doctors or during intervals of time during the day. You would be surprised and how much you can get done working in these small windows of time. It seems that the hand work is what everyone gets snagged on so I hope that helps some! Heck…car pool and work on the way to work, just just please just pleased onto justpleasedontsew justpleasedontsew and drive…scary thought there!

  85. Hildy August 3, 2016 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I think I finshed a bit more then half the blocks. My tip for tsewing them is that you choose fabrics you really, really, really love because sew-along is running a while and if you don’t love your fabircs it’s only half the fun.

  86. Erin August 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Hi! I only have 23 blocks completed, but I am hoping to get caught up with more over the weekend. All the excitement around the halfway point is motivating me to get going! I like to try to stay organized by keeping my Splendid Sampler fabrics in a separate bin and I keep my finished blocks in a binder with all the patterns, even the ones I haven’t started yet!

  87. kim parga August 3, 2016 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I am new to quilting and have recently only made 2 quilts. I have downloaded all of the block for the Splendid Sampler, including the bonus blocks and extras. I can’t wait to make this quilt, but I have not yet made any of the blocks. Being new to quilting, I spend a lot of time watching videos and reading how-to’s and I have found some great ways of making T-shirt quilts. The most important thing that I have learned, is to be sure to back any stretchy t-shirt or fleece fabric with interfacing, otherwise you end up with a very wonky quilt! LOL

  88. Jan (Rochester, NY) August 3, 2016 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    My tip is to purchase a handful of large Binder rings from an office supply store and cut a 3 1/2 inch plastic canvas strip about 14″ long. Grab a few of your large orphan blocks out your scrap bin and sew them together with a 4″ inch sashing. Grab some more scraps, and sew those together to make a backing. Sew the backing and your orphan blocks right side together and leave a hole for turning. Turn that baby inside right and top stitch. Stick the plastic canvas strip in the middle and put your rings on. You’re making a cloth Binder here! Grab an embroidery needle and some crochet cotton and stitch right through the holes in the canvas to secure your binding to the fabric! Stick a button on the front center, secure a large loop of elastic to the back center as a clasp! Use sheet protectors or even big Ziploc bags (use a hole punch in the bags) and keep all your supplies, patterns, precuts, etc for the Splendid Sampler all together! Organization is the key!
    I just caught the SS bug at the “Meet in the Middle” event in Syracuse NY last week and have just completed my scrappy binder, printed all the patterns and have begun my FIRST block (Block 31). Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  89. Janet August 3, 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Starch, starch, STARCH!

  90. Sarah Jardine August 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I have done 45 blocks + some bonus blocks. One of the things I like best about this project is that we are encouraged to give ourselves permission to try new techniques and to plunge into things without overthinking them since we know that another block is coming out in a few days. The best lesson I’ve learned is to read the instructions carefully. And the second best lesson – it’s not a sign of weakness to use your seam ripper!

  91. pamm August 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Alas, I am woefully behind. I am not one to recommend how to keep up with the blocks…however, my number one tip is to press and starch. things just come together better. I have only finished eight blocks….#stilltryingtobesplendid

  92. Lynne August 3, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I am behind by 18 blocks.
    I am loving seeing everyone’s creative juices.

  93. Gina Sexauer August 3, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I have completed 45 blocks I found the key is to trim up inbetween. I have enjoyed this journey and look forward to the next 50

  94. Barb Allen August 3, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Because I started late (mid-June), I used a few organizational rules to try to be a little more efficient. I worked with about 10 blocks at a time, sorting them by technique (pieced, applique, embroidery, paper piecing) so that I could print out the foundation paper, fusing paper, etc., in groups of the right kind of printer paper. Then I laid out a “draft” of colors and fabrics for each block and tried to repeat here and there, because my quilt is a stashbuster and a little repetition of fabric and/or color helps keep the noise down.

    With those pre-steps done, I found it easier to stitch up a few pieced blocks plus prep backgrounds for embroidered and applique blocks. I was surprised – and happy – to discover that I was far more productive than I expected by doing the same kind of work on multiple blocks in groups.

    Such a wonderful project and so many glorious patterns!!

  95. Debb August 3, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    My favorite tip is…be patient, with the blocks and with yourself. You can do any of the blocks but some take more patience than others. I have done all 49 blocks so far and most of the bonus blocks.

  96. Cindy August 3, 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I have all the patterns organized in three ring binders with some fabric pulled, but none finished. Don’t know if I like the fabric I have pulled. So hard! Will try to get started with the easier blocks, and work my way back to the embroidery!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  97. Debbie August 3, 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Completed to block 42 & bonus blocks – definitely spraying with Best Press is a great tip!

  98. Toni Arnold August 3, 2016 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Keeping my “palette” in a separate box helps when I assemble fabrics for a new block. The embroidery will be done when I have more time. I have about 30 blocks finished.

  99. Annie Perry August 3, 2016 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I love to keep my projects organized in separate bins, I’ve completed all the splendid blocks plus the bonuses, surprising myself! I love my sewing time each night!

  100. Jan Behm August 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    I’ve done 48 of the 49 blocks released so far along with most of the bonus blocks (except todays Top of the Hill block). I plan to do #49, #50 & today’s bonus block before Sunday’s release of #51! It’s been a fun journey so far. I’ve sewed/quilted for many, many years. This journey has really helped me with my accuracy because all the blocks are sew small! Using Best Press is helpful. Using a scant 1/4″ seam is also helpful.

  101. Rebecca Stipe August 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    I have made 33 1/2 blocks so far (embroidery block almost done) using starch helps on the small pieces

  102. Judy August 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I have completed 40 blocks so far and have loved doing every one! Best Press is very helpful for small pieces and I save all my scraps. You never know when you need just a tiny piece of your fabric

  103. Melissa August 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    I like to cut out 4-5 blocks at a time and then once I finish them I pack them all away for a few weeks. Then I get all excited revisiting them when there’s a new batch to work on!

  104. Jen V August 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I’m sashing them as I go because heaven knows I WILL NOT sash that many blocks when I’m done with the splendid sampler. I’ve done 40 or so of the actual splendid sampler blocks and am adding in some of my own as well.

  105. Vera August 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    I’ve started late and download the patterns as they come out but haven’t actually started my Splendid Sampler Blocks yet. My tips from working on other projects are to stay organized and enjoy the process. I love the tip about the cloth binder and keeping finished blocks and precut blocks together with the block patterns. Although I have a tendency to put them up on my design wall where I can see them and be inspired!

  106. Mindy August 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    If you don’t have time to sew, at least try to get the blocks cut and ready to sew. Then when you have a spare minute, they are ready to go.

    Also, when paper piecing, don’t trim the fabric from the pieces that will be on the edge of the completed block, this way, you have the extra fabric all around the edges when the block is sewn and gives you that little extra you may need when squaring the block to size.

  107. Linda Stemmermann August 3, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I am loving the Splendid Sampler. I have completed 47 of the block and most of the bonus blocks. I know my fabrics pretty well and I love thinking about the block and designing in my head until I can get to my sewing room. I love my 6.5 square ruler. Also Amy, I am making your Whispered Lace quilt from your Modern Neutrals book for my daughter. She has loved picking out the fabrics. Making it King sized and quilting on my domestic machine. Wish me luck and I will take any tips you have to offer!

  108. MaryJean Bower August 3, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I love your modern quilts. I’m enjoying this journey even though I only have 19 blocks done.

    • MaryJean Bower August 3, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      Forgot to say my tip. Even when I can’t keep up with the sewing, I do keep up with downloading patterns and storing them in a binder ready to go.

  109. Annette Z August 3, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I’m think my favorite tip is to enjoy the journey. Look at some other people’s blocks that they have posted on IG or on the splendid sampler site. Garner some of their ideas. Isn’t that what community is about? But always remember comparison is the thief if joy!!

  110. Cindy Fraher August 3, 2016 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    I have 44 blocks pieced, although I still need to finish the satin stitching on several of the applique blocks. I like to use my 6.5 inch ruler to square everything up.

  111. Rachel August 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    I guess my tip would be don’t be afraid to try a new technique – I’ve been surprised by that I liked doing things that I initially thought I wouldn’t. I’ve finished 46 of the 49 blocks, and have some work done on 2 more :)

  112. Vickie Mone August 3, 2016 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Hi – I have completed all 49 blocks and several bonus projects – my tip would be don’t get discouraged – Alyssa Thomas has kept me going with all her information and videos of each block – had never paper-pieced before so it helped a lot – thanks for your participation in this ‘splendid’ journey.

  113. Donna-Maree August 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    My best tools would have to be my iPad and printer. iPad as it enables to me to see everyone’s sample blocks when they are released which sparks my imagination as to what to do with my block and I can store them for easy reference. My printer because it enables me to print the blocks and have them ready for stitching them when I get the opportunity.

  114. Miss Jean August 3, 2016 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I’ve only made three so far but my “tip” is to slow down and take your time with measuring, cutting and sewing. It really makes a difference in your accuracy.

  115. Lori Smanski August 3, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    congrats on your book. my tip would be a square ruler to square the block up when finished

  116. Melody Lutz August 3, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I’ve done 29 so far. Remember to change my needle now and then!!

  117. Sue Winterbottom August 3, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    I’ve completed the blocks and most of the bonus. I’m working on the bonus butterflies. I saved the hand stitching for my trips to visit my daughters in Texas. The favorite tip I learned and use is in paper piecing start with #2 and stitch all the way past the sewing line=sharp points. Thank you for your blocks. I was really creative with the last one! I always sign Sue W.

  118. susan clayton August 3, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I’ve made 53 so far. A few duplicates and a few I chose not to make. I’m learning to perfect that 14″ seam with needle position on my machine. One click to the right and it’s perfect

  119. Debbie N August 3, 2016 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    I’ve made 5 so far. This is all new to me learning a lot. I think that pressing all the pieces makes it easier.

  120. Leslie Wittenberg August 3, 2016 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    I like to use an old fashioned marking wheel for my paper piecing lines which make the paper easier to fold. I think the add a quarter rulers were one of the greatest inventions along with the rotary cutter. I also like my little travel iron for pressing. Ive done 49 blocks, but some I want to redo because I’m not happy with my fabric selection or my workmanship is off.

  121. Elaine in North Tx. August 3, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    I have been spending most of this year working on a Grandmother Flower Garden quilt. It has consumed me. I guess my tip would be take more breaks.

  122. Lisa Kerlin August 3, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Glue basting and my new Fons and Porter Quarter Inch Seam Markers for half square triangles. I have completed 51 blocks, but that includes some bonuses, some duplicates and some designs that I chose myself. I haven’t done 11 of the original Splendid Sampler blocks, mostly those that are all, or mostly, embroidery.

  123. Evelyn Wonner August 3, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    I have finished 50 blocks, some being the bonus blocks, and have not made them all. I do not do very well with embroidery. My tip would be to iron and starch the little blocks well.

  124. Liz Dyer August 3, 2016 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I have made 32 blocks so far. I am not doing the embroidery or the hexies, as handwork I not my thing. My tip is do what you like so that ou will enjoy it. If something makes you uncomfortable, on’t do it. Life is too short to stress over things like that.

  125. Nancy Edwards August 3, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I have made 46 of the 49 blocks. I have made a total of 59 that includes some duplicates and bonus blocks. I am loving this challenge. I have surely stretched my ability. I just love the learning! My tip is using spray starch and spray sizing. It helps me sew a better seam..

  126. Cathy Olson August 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    The two things that I done that have been most useful are starching and my 6 1/2 in. square. i have made 39 blocks and 4 bonus blocks so far.

  127. Arlene Froelich August 3, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I use my 2 1/2 inch ruler a lot to square up my blocks. I have not started any of the quilt blocks yet, but have all the patterns in a three ring binder on my computer desk. I am anxious to get started.

  128. kay August 3, 2016 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I have finished 49 blocks.Such a variety. I’ve enjoyed trying new things. My tip is to relax and enjoy the process. I have been adding my sashimi to the blocks as I go.

  129. Debbie M August 3, 2016 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    I have finished 22 of the Splendid Sampler blocks. My favorite technique was to starch the material before cutting–essential for small blocks. My favorite tool is the Bloc-Loc ruler…..great for half quare triangles.

  130. Pati Cook August 3, 2016 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I quit numbering and counting my blocks. Just do them as I can and prep the ones for handwork and work on them as I can at night.
    I think I have about 40 done, including some of the bonus blocks. As I finish and square up my blocks I put them in a sleeve page protector, along with the instructions, in a binder. I am on my second binder of blocks. (they are only 1 inch binders) .

  131. Beth August 3, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I am miles behind; time and selecting fabric are two big barriers. Not to mention a sewing machine that is buried. I know which room it is in but that’s about it. I think the idea of working on multiple blocks using similar techniques, it sounds like a promising and efficient approach.

  132. Carole M. Howard August 3, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    I am mostly up to date, just have to do the appliqué stitching on #49. Have enjoyed learning all the different techniques.I am liking paper piecing, and my favorite new tool is the add a quarter ruler.

  133. Lucie C August 3, 2016 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    I have done 48 blocks so far, and I learn to paper pieced and I lové it

  134. Cathy August 3, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    I have only completed 25 of the blocks, in no particular order because I started late. What I have found most useful in keeping my seams lined up for perfect points is to use a drop of washable glue set with my iron at the joint in the seam allowance. No shifting at the last minute and no pins to worry about. I learned this doing a bargello quilt with very small pieces. :)

  135. Susan Brooks August 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    I’ve done 32 blocks. My tip for these small blocks is Starch is your friend. Use a 1/4″ foot on your machine.

  136. Frieda T. August 3, 2016 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    I have 20 blocks finished. I found the add a quarter ruler really helpful when doing paper piecing and watching Alyssa Thomas’ periscope feed. Learning sooooo much! Thank you.

  137. NancyinSTL August 3, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    So far, I’ve completed 25 of the sampler blocks plus 3 bonus blocks. I got a very late start and then got delayed by life events. My best tip for completing these sampler blocks would be to READ the instructions thoroughly. Some of the the blocks looked simple and straightforward, but I learned the hard way to not assume.

  138. Angie Brubeck August 3, 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    My biggest help(s) for these blocks gave to be starch and my iron. I am a fanatic about ironing when I am piecing any block. Starch just seems to take it to a whole new level. I have a spinal cord injury and sometimes small pieces just don’t work out well in my hands and starch definitely makes things more manageable. I have completed 24 and plan to visit my sister in law soon where it is quiet and I can make an effort to catch up.

  139. Dawn Zillich August 3, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    I have made 31 blocks with several ready to go under the needle. Starching has made a big difference as well has buying some very good rulers like Deb Tucker’s wing clipped, corner pop and Tucker Trimmer.

  140. Karen Rochette August 3, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    I’m a fairly new quilter, but with the too many BOMs I’ve signed up for this year, I know that having more than one block cut out at a time helps me get them down faster. I work better doing 2 at a time sometimes with the 1 per month blocks. The Splendid Sampler blocks are smaller, and I’m hoping to get caught up. I need to start cutting them and have them ready for me. I’ve done 6 so far and stalled on the blanket one as I wanted to get my daughter (who can draw) to add some more heads peeking out for all my grandkids to show. I’ve decided I can sketch it myself, but I’ve been crazy busy. I WILL get back to it soon.

  141. Sharon August 3, 2016 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    My biggest tip is to use starch BEFORE you cut the small pieces, it helps the fabric hold shape and makes it easier to sew the small pieces together. I’ve completed 41 blocks.

  142. Nancy August 3, 2016 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    I have been able to keep up with all the regular blocks. I have not complete all the bonus blocks yet. I have learned that making scant quarter inch seems helps to keep the block at exactly 6 1/2″. Also checking my printer to see that it is set to actual size helps with the paper piecing and template pages. Thanks to all the designers!

  143. Heather Campbell August 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    I am usually a day or two behind getting my blocks printed, so I get to see all the ones that are on time. It inspires me to get going and get ‘er done.

  144. Vicki Mannion August 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    I made 50 for one version (including some bonuses) and then finished that top. I’m over 50 with my scrappy version that I plan to finish.

  145. Sandy Uhos August 3, 2016 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    I’ve made little kits and put them with the pattern in plastic sleeves. I use Best Press when I iron the fabrics to help prevent distortion. I have 16 completed, but others are in progress.

  146. Kathy August 3, 2016 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I’ve made 49 blocks so far. My tip it to ALWAYS mak
    e sure that the outer edges of all blocks are on the straight grain of fabric; NEVER on the bias.

  147. Cecilia August 3, 2016 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    I haven’t sewn any blocks yet, but I’ve printed them out and have them stored in pocket protectors in a binder.

  148. Camille August 3, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I created a binder to hold the printed block directions and added numbered tabs.I also have printed some of the blocks that people have shared and put them with the block directions. You can learn a lot about your own personal preferences from the work and choices of others. I am organizing with the intent to make blocks later when my hand has healed from surgery.. Great tips from the posters!

  149. Lynda Green August 3, 2016 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I have 48 done . I find if you take your time you can do them all even if it is something you have never tried before.

  150. Debbie August 3, 2016 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Hello. Thank you for the offer. I have got about 24 blocks done. The best way in the past I find is to keep up and finish the block during the time before another is released. My favorite tool for the embroidery and applique blocks is my Fusion pen that the ink disappears with the iron. I am enjoying the embroidery to my surprise

  151. Gwen Wehner August 3, 2016 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I have finished 30 blocks so far – really enjoying the process. Definitely agree with the above tips to use starch. Also, check unit measurements at every stage of block assembly. Best tip: do what makes you happy!

  152. Holly Nielson August 3, 2016 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I have made 49 blocks and my tip is to try everything technique more than once. It builds your confidence and I have found that I love embroidery and never would have tried it in my life if not for this Sampler! :)

  153. Suzy August 3, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    My tip is to jump in and join the fun…. each block has improved my ability… even if it’s just the added ‘practice’ of making the blocks… I’ve made 48 blocks so far… and will be caught up before 51, as i have taken a road trip to visit a friend….

  154. Peggy W August 3, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    My favorite tip is to slow down and enjoy it! I have only done 9 blocks so far.

  155. Karen P August 3, 2016 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    My tip is to cut out 5-10 blocks so they are ready to sew when time allows. I have 18 completed blocks and 5 more in the working stage. I’m planning to have 10 more finished by Friday.

  156. Cindy Berg August 3, 2016 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    I have completed 20 blocks so far. My favorite tip is to use sandpaper to grip your fabric when drawing lines across the diagonal.

  157. Brenda Towsley August 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I have finished 28 blocks at this time. I continue to print them out the day they come out and pick fabrics for some even though I have not had time to sew the last two months. Work and gardening have both filled my days as late.

  158. Karen G August 3, 2016 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    I have just started, so i have a lot of sewing to do! My tip is to “pin,pin,pin” for accuracy!!

  159. Beth F August 3, 2016 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I depend on my 6-1/2″ square ruler and lots of starch–these 2 have enabled me to tackle all the different techniques used in the blocks. I’ve got 39 blocks completed. Oh, bonus blocks! I have 9 of those done & made a baby quilt from one of them!

  160. Charlotte August 3, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    I’ve made 48 of the blocks (some blocks more than once) plus a few of the bonus blocks. I made a baby quilt from 25 of my blocks which was very gratefully received. I’ve learned so much doing these blocks and feel that my piecing is so much better as a result.

  161. Tammy wiseman August 3, 2016 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    I love all rulers They my favorite tools.

  162. Jenny Trask August 3, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Hi Amy!
    I’ve had a wonderful time making 49 SS block and the bonus ones too. I would say the most valuable tip I’ve learned so far is… slow down…! Another one is starch, dry, press before cutting.

  163. Sherry August 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    I have made 49 blocks plus all the bonus blocks as well. My count is 67 blocks. I am really enjoying this journey.

  164. Beth Pritchett August 3, 2016 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    The use of starch has helped me to maintain accuracy in my piecing.

  165. Esther Grimes August 3, 2016 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Well, I haven’t actually made any of these blocks yet, but I’ve made several mini quilts and I’ve become a fan of sashing strips, since my blocks don’t always square up just right.

  166. Beth Byerssmall August 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    I started on the sampler 6 weeks ago and I have 23 blocks complete. I have another 6 blocks that require handwork prepared for working on at camp when I am off he grid working my sunlight or lantern light.

    To work through the blocks I started with the most recent block released then I went to the first block released. I alternate from the most recent to the oldest back and forth. If I get to any significant amount of handwork I do all I can to prep the block and gather up the supplies needed and pack this in my camp travel bag. I try to do at least something on my current least block everyday. There have been days that glancing at the block was all I had time to do.

  167. Marsha Boykin August 3, 2016 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    I’ve finished 40 blocks so far.

  168. Susan August 3, 2016 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I think I have about 28 blocks complete and another 10 in progress (applique that’s been fused, embroidery that’s been drawn). The best tip I have is to slow down. These pieces are so small that slowing down is the only way can stay accurate in my piecing. It’s not a race. We will all get there in our own splendid time.

  169. Laurie Weimar August 3, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I have 0 blocks completed for my own quilt. I have the blocks downloaded and they will be ready to go when I find the time to start. My tip would have to be, if you get frustrated, take a break and walk away. Go do something else for a while. This works 9 times out of 10 for me. It seems you look at things with fresh eyes (and a new attitude) when you come back and can accomplish what you set out tot do.

  170. Ava Troxler August 3, 2016 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I started late and have one almost finished and several cut out and ready to sew. If I never finish a block, it is worth it just to see the creativity of the others. Thank you designers.

  171. Jean Blythe August 3, 2016 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    So far, starch has become my greatest tool! I started using it with block 2 and it really keeps those little pieces from becoming distorted. I’ve made about 20 blocks so far.

  172. Kelli Fellows August 3, 2016 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    I just started this journey and have made 3 block . Best tip was to use 6.5 square up ruler.

  173. Béatrice August 3, 2016 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    I sewed 33 blocks and my tip take time !

  174. Beth T. August 3, 2016 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Yikes! I haven’t sewn any blocks, but I have very carefully saved them on my computer, one by one in a folder all of their own, so I guess my tip is to be very organized.

  175. Dorothy kielty August 3, 2016 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I have sheets of paper with a snippet of fabric and the number of the blocks i usedvit in. I’m doing this scrappy, so tjis paper allowd me to keep track of which fabrics ive used and in how many blocks. It reminds me of a fabric and i can get inspired for each block without pulling out my whole stash. I also keep larger scraps together in a box for the spkendid sampler to make them easy to find. I’ve completed 17 blocks, but i download all the pattern into a splendid sampler folder in dropbox to keep them together. I think thats 3 tops, lol

  176. Melissa W. August 3, 2016 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I’m still working on Block 42. Finishing up a couple of other projects and resting my hands a bit. :) Taking your time and using spray starch are my tips. I didn’t used to use it before, but it sure helps!

  177. Sandy August 3, 2016 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    My favourite tip would be to always cut a background block for embroidery at 7″ as embroidery can pull the fabric in a little. When finished, trim the block to 6.5″. I have completed 63 blocks so far and loving it.

  178. Robin August 4, 2016 at 12:30 am - Reply

    I’m using different rabid color choices and enjoying the process. I’ve made 21 blocks. Thank you

    • Robin August 4, 2016 at 12:34 am - Reply

      That is supposed to be fabric not rabid ! ☺️

  179. Nan Downey August 4, 2016 at 2:47 am - Reply

    I print the patterns as soon as they are posted. Then as I complete the block, I put that pattern in a large notebook. I have completed 44 blocks.

  180. Karyn Low August 4, 2016 at 2:58 am - Reply

    I have completed 40 blocks so far and use pins every time

  181. Serena August 4, 2016 at 3:42 am - Reply

    I have made all the blocks so far and I love them very much! Along this journey I discovered the fabric glue pen which I love! It helps me in so many different ways!!!

  182. Karen B August 4, 2016 at 4:43 am - Reply

    I love the tip from Jane Davidson regarding unfurling the seam in the back for a nice flat block. I have to admit, I’ve put The Splendid Sampler on hold for the summer. I am watching my 6-year-old granddaughter for the summer, and among the things I’m teaching her is how to sew. At last count I had 26 blocks done. She goes back to school on the 17th, so I’ll have time to catch up then. Have a truly splendid day!

  183. Joanna Ellis August 4, 2016 at 5:03 am - Reply

    I have made 36 total blocks so far. My favorite tip for the blocks with tiny pieces is to use Roxanne’s Glue Baste It to keep the intersections in place until sewn, then I dab the glued sections with water to soften the glue, then open the seam and press. This makes it much easier to match points with no shifting during sewing.

  184. Donna Ramsey August 4, 2016 at 6:05 am - Reply

    I’m ready for block 50. I learned about organization with this project. I’m doing scrappy batik as my practice block. I have little plastic baggies full of scraps – sorted by color. So much easier to make a plan.

  185. Peggy Smith August 4, 2016 at 6:39 am - Reply

    I have completed 44, 3 embroidery blocks ready to do, working on Balls in the Air now, and the mini hexie one I haven’t started. Also have done 4 of the bonus blocks. My tip / tool is using a postcard for paper piecing. I wasn’t using one at first, and it has made a big difference!

  186. Donna Swiderski August 4, 2016 at 6:42 am - Reply

    I’ve done 38 so far! My tip? Trust the process…sometimes with those teeny tiny pieces it’s hard to imagine the final product will be “”right””. But the designers have done an excellent job of providing clear and simple instructions!

  187. Monica August 4, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

    I’ve been making them virtually in my head. But I like the tip of cutting the pieces out and having them ready when you’re ready to sew.

  188. Katrinaa Walters August 4, 2016 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Thank you for all of the time and effort you put into your contributions to our Splendid Sampler experience. My favorite sewing tips: Cut a few blocks ahead, so that when you find a few minutes to sew you can go right to the machine! Also, little ‘mistakes’ are what will make your quilt uniquely your own (you don’t have to be perfect).

  189. Joyce Ellis August 4, 2016 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I’m up to 22 blocks, I liked the embroidery tips as that is one of my weak techniques. Thank you so much for contributing to this sampler, this is the most fun of any I have participated in.

  190. Sue Graham August 4, 2016 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Thanks for your giveaway! I’ve made 55 blocks so far and my only tip is – relax and enjoy the journey. Just starting, far behind, intimidated by the very talented participants – don’t get discouraged. Just HAVE FUN and be proud of your accomplishments.

  191. Patti Klaus August 4, 2016 at 7:44 am - Reply

    My favorite tip always is measure twice, cut once! After completing 42 blocks, I am ready to check colors and values ,too!

  192. Ferne August 4, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Since I work I don’t have a lot of sewing time and summer activities in the garden are keeping me busy, but when I get on a schedule I try to sew for about an hour every evening. I will either cut the next block and have it ready for my next sewing time or piece the one I set up the night before. So use your time wisely!

  193. Pat C August 4, 2016 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Starching! I never did it before The Splendid Sampler. I am using a homemade vodka mix. No I don’t drink it, lol! I have only completed 7 blocks and am saving the patterns. Thanks for your block pattern!

  194. Renee August 4, 2016 at 8:12 am - Reply

    I cut out several blocks at a time and tend to sew similar type blocks in group. One night to catch up on paper piecing, another night for HSTs, etc. working on several blocks at the same time lets me chain stitch, another time saver. I save hand work for road trips. And favorite tip-I save the “quick” blocks for nights when I need a fun pick me up project.

  195. Krystal Soyalp August 4, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

    My favorite tip is using a piece of cardboard to fold over the numbers when paper piecing and I LOVE my 1/4 ruler for paper piecing. I have completed 46 out of the 50 blocks so far. Hoping to catch up this weekend at a quilting retreat

  196. Kim Monins August 4, 2016 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I’ve managed to keep up to date, or at least catch up within a few days so I’ve made 49 plus a couple of bonus blocks. Just printed off #50 to make tomoro morning! My tip, for myself, was to keep on track or I knew I’d lose interest if I got too far behind, I’d punish myself by giving up! I have my SS fabrics in a basket so it’s easy to grab & work from scraps of co-ordinating fabrics, low volumes & teals….Turquoise Males Me Happy!!

  197. Shelly Roberts August 4, 2016 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I’ve only managed to finish 3 blocks before “Life” happened. But all the blocks are saved for when I can get around to them. I have enjoyed watching this journey unfold and seeing everyone’s creativity. That’s been the best part of this entire process. But I guess the my best “tip” for myself is remembering to PRESS. It is a step I hate doing, but if I remind myself to do it after each step I find it helps tremendously.

  198. Katie Clark August 4, 2016 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Hi and thanks for the chance to win a prize! We already feel like winners with this splendid group. I have 34 squares done and will be catching up soon as I just got my cast off from a broken wrist. I fell on June 7th and it really got in the way of my sewing !! My favorite tip is from watching Alyssa Thomas periscope videos and her suggestion to use the sticky washout printable sheets for the embroidery blocks. What a difference that makes !! I will always have some on hand.

  199. Sandra DeMers August 4, 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply

    I have only done four worth keeping, but I am new at this. Best advice so far is to just do it – finished is better than perfect!

  200. Kristi Reed August 4, 2016 at 10:28 am - Reply

    My favorite tip for this sampler has two parts! 1.) I have organized each finished block in a binder, and put the instructions with each one so I know exactly where they are. 2.) By creating a grid and using photos of each of the finished blocks, I have a rough visual of the layout (if I put them in order of the release date!) so I can see what fabrics I have been using a lot of and where I might want to add more lights or darks to give the finished quilt top a cohesive look. Plus it is a good reminder for what ones I still need to finish! I have completed 29 blocks, have a couple others that need embroidery, a few more that are partially pieced or have had the fabric cut out. And I have 3 Bonus Blocks done too! Phew! Thanks for the chance to win!

  201. Tamara August 4, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

    At last count, I’d completed 22 blocks plus a few that need some embroidery love. Pins are a necessity for me as I don’t always sew straight lines! Another tip is one I learned from some of my Splendid comrades: the use of a leader swatch. The leaders really help me to catch the beginning of my block fabrics plus I don’t waste nearly as much thread as I used to. Thanks to you and the Splendid community for all you’ve shared :)

  202. Sherry Jurykovsky August 4, 2016 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I’ve only finished two blocks but I had two weddings this summer. I have printed all the blocks and reviewed everyone’s completed blocks on FaceBook. My tip would be for anyone who is unsure about choosing fabric. Check out the multitude of completed blocks posted on MySplendidSampler.com and the FB page to see what you like best. The differences in values chosen on each part of a block make an incredible difference. Really analyze what you like or DON’T like about someone’s block and incorporate those decisions in your fabric choices.

  203. Corinne August 4, 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    My favorite finishing took is my 6.5 in square. It helps me trim exactly what is required for an unfinished block.
    I have completed 49 blocks to date. 08/04/16 Is the Top of the hill Block a bonus block or is is block 50? I love doing this project. I love selecting fabrics, and I love anticipation what is coming. Thank you all. I hope you are very successful.

  204. Lj August 4, 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    I’m not sewing along right now so no blocks. I am saving blocks instructions to use later. I loved to hear that you added additional fabrics (fat quarters) to your assortment. I tend to do the same thing and it’s fun to hear I’m not alone. My quarter inch foot with an edge is my favorite tool for quilting.

  205. Darlee August 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I’ve saved the blocks each week; and have just made two!! I actually look forward to the book, to see samples of finished quilts to help further inspire me. I will set my own timetable to work on these blocks, as time and life permits. My tip: Focus on only one block at a time, (making 100 blocks can be overwhelming); and stop feeling behind in the process (because new people will continue to join in on the fun).

  206. Kyra August 4, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Sadly, I’ve only gotten 9 blocks made so far so I’m not a reliable source for tips! HOWEVER, I have been printing out the pattern for each block and numbered them and put them into a binder for when I can catch up.

  207. Sally Heilinger August 4, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I’ve made 48 of the blocks and I love using super fine pins for piecing and Heat and Bond for applique.

  208. Kim August 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    I have around 14 blocks made. I have downloaded them all. I keep the block patterns and blocks in document protectors in a binder with the fabric I am using

  209. gina snyder August 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I haven’t made any of the blocks yet, but I have collected all of them and have my fabrics finally picked out. I plan to start this week!

    My tip is to watch Alyssa Thomas on Periscope! She is the one that convinced me I could actually do this!

  210. Pam August 4, 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    When drawing the diagonal line on the back of blocks for the half square triangle blocks, I used a cheap sticky floor tile. I use a large tile from an outlet store, peel off the paper backing and use the adhesive to stick on a piece of fine grain sand paper. Then I just lay the fabric on the sand paper when tracing on fabric and it holds the fabric nicely and I can still mark the line.

    • Pam August 4, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Oh forgot, I have 48 blocks completed

  211. Marcie Higgins August 4, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Well, I’ve almost finished 1 block! I just discovered the Splendid Sampler in July, though. I’m also new to quilting so I guess a good tip is to make sure your rotary cutter is sharp!!

  212. Cathy Radcliffe August 4, 2016 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I have been using my Deb Tucker rulers.
    My favorite is the Wing Clipper to trim flying geese. With this method you make 4 geese at a time.
    I also like the Tucker trimmer I to trim HST.

  213. Gretchen August 4, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    I’ve completed 19 blocks. My tip is to keep the patterns in a binder and mark a big “DONE!” on the top right corner of the ones completed.

  214. Patty August 4, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    I’m a bit behind, about 35 done and counting but loving eachone!!! My tip: Pacience!!!!! Mostly with those techniques you almost hate :-))))) give them a try!!!! Thank you to you all!!!!

  215. Sandra August 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    My recommendation is to use glue stick to glue the seams together so that we can get nice sharp points.

  216. Earlene Nelson August 4, 2016 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I have about 36 or 37 of the blocks completed. My tip is the choose fabrics for several blocks at a time and put each block into a plastic bag to be sewn as time allows or when you are not inspired to choose fabrics. A fun project!

  217. Ginny August 4, 2016 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I have finished about 45 of The Splendid Sampler blocks. My favorite new tool is spray starch–works wonders keeping these small pieces straight.

  218. Lynda August 4, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I am 0lmost finished with block #50. One of the many tips I’ve learned is the importance of starch. It makes piecing the little pieces so much easier. I’ve also figured out where to move my needle to get precise 1/4″ seam allowances.

  219. Chris bernard August 4, 2016 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    I love the surprises each week and the challenges tha designers give us. If you get stumped or you think a block looks to hard, remember it is only one block so give it a try. You will learn something along the way. Watch Alyssa’s videos, read Joan’s tips before you start. Go to the designers web site and see if there are any special hints.

  220. Kim Waterbury August 5, 2016 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Kim -43 finished. Best tip is ITS NOT A RACE. enjoy the journey

  221. Judy Pearce August 5, 2016 at 6:46 am - Reply

    Best tip is use starch liberally! I have finished 30 blocks and find it so much easier to work with the small pieces if they are starched.

  222. MegMarm August 5, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

    The most important tip is – this is a journey not a race. Enjoy it and and remember the ‘quilt’ police can’t find you so do the blocks you want and skip those that you don’t like or feel you just can’t do. There are plenty of patterns for 6 1/2″ blocks if you feel you need 100.

  223. Sherry Walley August 5, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

    The best tip I can give is to make sure you starch all your fabric before cutting and then again starch your pieces before sewing. I have finished 23 blocks.

  224. Alejandra Alcantara August 5, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

    I have made all 50 of them plus the bonus blocks. I always look forward to Thursdays and Sundays. Now, for a tip I’ve found really useful: I divided my chosen color palette fat quarters into four categories: my main colors which are greens and blues, my lights and my darks. I then hung each group on skirt hangers. It is so easy to choose fabrics this way, the sewing room is always neat and the fabrics remain nicely starched and pressed. BTW I simply loved your book Modern Heritage Quilts and I reviewed it on my blog whose target is spanish speaking quilters. http://goo.gl/GMBo72

  225. Carol August 5, 2016 at 11:39 am - Reply

    I also love pins especially thin, sharp and with glass heads. My quilting has come to almost a complete halt. Hopefully soon to change. My husband had a knee replaced in Nov., and was just about healed from that when he fell and broke the same leg. Much different than replacements. He has not been able to place any weight on that leg since mid May, and we live in a two story house built just after WWII. He goes in next Friday to see if he can start rehab. Say a few prayers. The moral of this story is: DO NOT BREAK A LEG in spite of what they say to actors.

    I am saving the patterns so I can make them soon.

  226. Robyn Kanewske August 5, 2016 at 11:58 am - Reply

    My tip is that i have some stickers that feel like sandpaper that i attach to my cutting rulers. It helps keep the ruler in place when i am trimming fabric. I got the stickers at my local craft store.

  227. Nicole Rodgers August 5, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I have been busy with my farmers wife and finishing up other projects so all I have done is just downloading and printing. The only tip I have is to use sheet protectors to keep each block in for storage.

  228. Melisa Williamson August 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I always press and starch my fabric really well before cutting. This cuts down on distortion and fraying and with small blocks that’s a must. Also, cut as accurately as you can and check your measurements during the piecing process instead of after the block is finished.

  229. Edith Gorzo August 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    I have completed 26 blocks. I have another 6-8 cut out and ready to finish. My best tip is to measure the smaller sewn units to make sure they are accurate before sewing the whole block together. A little too big or too small can alter the block significantly. Thanks for the draw.

  230. Margaret Schindler August 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    I have found that starching my fabric has helped. I am the worst person to cut out things. i find they dont match but then I just do it over again. I have 20 blocks done so far.

  231. Kathy LeBlanc August 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I have finished 49 blocks. I guess my only tip is: I have a box I store the fabrics i have chosen for the sampler, when a new block comes out i just grab fabrics from the box I don’t really take too much time to plan because all my fabrics coordinate already so I can quickly get to my sewing.

  232. Mary August 5, 2016 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I pulled fabric to do the blocks but it was too dull so I waited for inspiration to strike. It finally did today! I knew I wanted something different for me but bright. This morning I thought of the box of Cotton and Steel I had purchased several months ago. So I’m off to start block 1. As far as a tip – I’ve learned that I can get more done if I’m prepared to sew in smallbits of time. So I’ll prep or sew something to the point it needs handwork and then I’ll put it in a small bag to take with me to a drs. appt. Sometimes I can get through more than one little project while waiting. Once home I feel like the elves have visited!

  233. Wendy August 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I’m new to your website and all your blocks. Any tips I can get will help me in the long run. I’m open minded and motivated to get sewing.

  234. Diana @ Red Delicious Life August 5, 2016 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I’ve downloaded all of the patterns but have only made the first 2. My tip whenever I’m making blocks with small pieces is using lots of starch on the fabric before cutting. Makes a world of difference!

  235. Janine A. August 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    My tip is read all the instructions 3x!

  236. Cathy August 5, 2016 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I got waylaid when I went on vacation and haven’t had a chance to get back to the blocks. But I’m looking forward to making 2 quilts when I get the blocks done.

  237. Brenda August 5, 2016 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I am waaaaaayyyy behind, but my best tip for piecing some of these blocks with many small pieces is to have a stiletto handy and use it to hold the small pieces in the correct position under the sewing machine needle when fingers won’t do it. If I don’t have a stiletto, I use the tip of my seam ripper, a pin, anything that will keep those tiny pieces in position until the very end of the seam.

  238. Sabrina August 5, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I used the perfect 1/4″ seam guide from Gateway Quilts and Stuff and a stripe of molefoam to mark my 1/4″ seam on my sewing machine plate. That helped me a lot with the small blocks. I have only made five so far.

  239. Roseanne August 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    I have only made 2. Eventually I will get caught up. My tips are, measure twice, cut once. Take your time sewing to get that perfect 1/4″. Enjoy the process and laugh at yourself when you goof!

  240. ellen baldridge August 5, 2016 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Checking my seam allowance when starting my machine, and using starch are my go-tos for piecing small blocks. I’ve only made 15 blocks so far!

  241. Deb August 5, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    I liked the starch the small pieces tip. And I’m like another commenter who said she hadn’t started yet. I’m definitely a big wanna-be Splendid Sampler block maker. And I’ve been keeping up with all the blocks and want to get started!! I’m right in the middle of renovating an empty bedroom to become my sewing room. Hence, no sewing until it gets done! Thanks for the chance to win.

  242. Cecelia Lusty August 5, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    One of my favorite tool is a locblock 1 1/2 square ruler, I was told about at a retreat by Mellissa Corey, not as many blocks done as I want 2 wedding and a baby quilt in 2 months slowed have slowed me down. Have done 20 blocks done. Love your Ste so many tips. Thank you so much

  243. Cheryl August 5, 2016 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Getting ready for #1![ Had surgery on hand]. I would have to say using all of the starch. I have never attempted a six inch square before.

  244. Dani F August 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I have 35 blocks done, and have starched, starched and starched to keep all those tiny pieces managable.

  245. Bev August 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    About 30 are done and another 4 are cut and waiting for a “sew-sew” day. My challenge to myself this year is to learn to work with the smaller pieces that make 6″ blocks. So far, I have suceeded!

  246. Kathy E. August 5, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Sadly, the timing just wasn’t right for me to follow along with making these blocks. I’ve kept track of my favorites, though, so I can stitch them up when I have time. Taking one block at a time would be my best advice.

  247. Nancy August 5, 2016 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    My way of doing the blocks is to sort through them and do the ones that use similar techniques. I have finished only six of the blocks so far because I keep changing my mind about the colors.

  248. Peri Hansen August 5, 2016 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    I have completed 60 blocks! that includes bonus blocks. I love this splendid sampler journey. I encourage all involved to TRY all the techniques, you may find a new favorite. I did!
    my favorite tip is to use a standing document holder (clear acrylic type) to put your pattern in. I use mine to hold the directions while I cut out the pieces… then I don’t loose it under all my scraps of fabric, it’s right there standing up to refer to as I go.

  249. Beth H August 5, 2016 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    I am using a neutral thread for all my piecing. It lets me go and go and go. I have completed 5 blocks and a few more prepped.

  250. Tiina August 5, 2016 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    45 blocks. It has been fun!

  251. Marilyn August 6, 2016 at 1:35 am - Reply

    I have 25 blocks, with another 2 prepped. The 2 things I have used for every block so far has been spray starch and 6.5 inch ruler.

  252. Renee August 6, 2016 at 2:36 am - Reply

    I have done all the blocks, phew! While doing these blocks, I have discovered that if you iron the flying geese, before cutting the extra fabric off, the corner triangle doesn’t stretch out of place as easily.

  253. jane hyde August 6, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

    I have done 42 blocks so far and hope to catch up on the rest this weekend : ). My top time is not to stress about the process, have fun and try everything, you may discover a new love – I have with embroidery and paper piecing.

  254. Rachel Smith August 6, 2016 at 8:55 am - Reply

    I’ve done 44 blocks so far. My tip for keeping up is that I try to select the fabrics for the Thursday block on Thursday, then I try to finish that one on Saturday. Then Sunday I try to do the Sunday block. For blocks with a lot of handwork, I get everything prepped so that I can do the handwork while watching movies in the evening. I’ve also considered going into early retirement just to focus on keeping up! Kidding… just kidding… Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  255. Sue Lee August 6, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I’ve done all 50 plus about 10 or so of the bonus blocks. Starch has been my friend on these little blocks!

  256. Paula A. Slater August 6, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

    My tip would be: don’t put off the block you’re afraid of. Jump in and do it. It probably won’t be as bad as you thought and might become your favorite technique. I love the crispness of paper piecing but doing it seems so backwards that it is not my go to technique but I love the PP blocks of our SS. And doing the embroidery takes soooooo much time but I love the results! I have 46 blocks including bonus blocks finished and several more in various stages of completion. Thank you so much.

  257. Suzy Roberts August 6, 2016 at 11:55 am - Reply

    I have completed 37 plus a handful of bonus blocks. LOVE LOVE LOVE this project! Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us. My best tip is to just have and enjoy the process! Take a laid back approach.

  258. kay wilcox August 6, 2016 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    So far I have completed 49 of the blocks along with some of the bonus blocks. It has been a fun journey. I usually am a needle turn applique person but decided to do machine applique on this project. I’ve enjoyed becoming better at machine applique.

  259. Sadie August 6, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I have 42 blocks done and 4 queued up, ready to work on. Favorite tips and/or tools? Love my 2.5 inch bloc-loc for squaring up all the HSTs. Doing intermediate measurement and tweaking of block subunits helps me hit 6.5 inches more reliably. When I’m trying something new, I look at the various tutorials linked with the block and check out Alyssa Thomas’ videos- I have learned SO much!

  260. Karen Seitz August 6, 2016 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Oh, I am so envious and impressed by those who are completely caught up! I am loving following the Splendid Sampler journey and am all caught up at downloading and saving the patterns — does that count for anything? My tip is to download and save the patterns as they come out so that you have them ready in a folder on your computer. Then there is no need to hunt through your emails or on the website for the patterns you need, and if you lose internet connectivity, you can still access those precious patterns!

  261. Ann-Marie Bentley August 6, 2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    33 down and moving forward, my best advice is if doesn’t feel right set it aside and come back when you feel inspired, this cuts down on mistakes and frustration, sometimes I move on to a different block or walk away for a while

  262. Carol Meyer August 6, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    I have downloaded all 50 so far, they are in my “The Splendid Sampler” file folder.
    My tip is the same as Karen Seitz, to have them downloaded and ready to start.
    I also love reading other people’s tips, they are all so helpful.

  263. Mom C August 6, 2016 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    I have been busy cheerleading Melissa as she works on all the blocks and I just finished binding one of Pat’s quilts. It was so darling, all the blocks together are soooo cute it was all I could do to send it back. If that doesn’t spur me on to making one of my own, I don’t know what will. Can’t wait to see you new book, you do such great work. Love it. Thanks.

  264. LeAnn Paton August 6, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Starch is your friend for the small pieces required in these blocks.

  265. SheilaC August 6, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Best tip is NOT to stress out or feel you have to complete all the blocks— I have to finish something before I will let myself start another project haha. But I love all the designs

  266. Amanda Garvin August 6, 2016 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I have sewn 22 blocks – My tip: Actually take the time to try one of the methods! You never know what you might like.

  267. nikki moshier August 6, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    I have made 25 blocks. My tip: sew slowly..rushing things just seems to screw up the perfect 1/4 inch seam!

  268. J August 6, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    My favorite technique for getting the blocks done was to make a list of each block and the technique employed. That way I can group blocks with similar techniques together and get them done faster.

  269. Debby August 6, 2016 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    I am going to have to save all these great tips. I need them. I have only tried a couple blocks, but I really would like to do more of them.

  270. Patrice Wiesner August 6, 2016 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Amy, I am a beginner quilter, so far I am collecting the block patterns! Thank goodness I have taken classes in piecing, appliqué, embroidery( hand & machine),quilting, paper piecing & will take a class in Nov. 2016 on hexagons! I have done yoyo’s! So I am good to go when I do them! Thank you for your contribution to the Splendid Sampler!!!

  271. Dixie Logoyda August 7, 2016 at 3:22 am - Reply

    I found using spray starch very helpful. Enjoy learning all the tips and techni

  272. Denise August 7, 2016 at 4:06 am - Reply

    I have completed 48 blocks so far, and my favourite tip like a lot of others is to use starch

  273. sandra August 7, 2016 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I’ve completed 58 blocks so far, 43 plus 15 comprising bonus and double up blocks. i have found spending the extra time making sure to cut out the pieces accurately and sewing slowly

  274. laura August 7, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I try to do the easiest for me first. I have done all but 2 blocks and almost all bonus blocks.

  275. Dorothy Matheson August 7, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

    I am very slow in starting and have a few done. I however have finished up 4 quilts this last month. I have collected all the patterns. Love The Splendid Sampler

  276. Pamela Reim August 7, 2016 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    use Best Press by the gallon! I am still a voyeur, collecting the patterns but haven’t had time to start …yet1

  277. Karlene White August 7, 2016 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    My favorite quilting tool is ‘Best Press’. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  278. Esther Hopland August 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    I made 7 blocks and my favourite tip is ato cut them and place them in ziplock backs until I am ready to sew them

  279. Sandi August 7, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I haven’t made any blocks yet but have been saving them to do. Since there are some small pieces I would probably starch my fabric.

  280. Thunder August 7, 2016 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    I have not done any blocks yet, but I have a tip. Just stitch it. relax and stitch…

  281. Elizabeth McDonald August 7, 2016 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    My best tip is to choose and isolate a group of fabrics for this quilt ahead of time! I have selected 1930’s prints for all of the blocks – and I have all of the directions in a special binder!

  282. Mania Hatziioannidi August 8, 2016 at 3:55 am - Reply

    I have made 49 blocks. No special tip… Thank to all designers for your work!

  283. Cindy August 8, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

    I came to the party late, I have finished 12 blocks so far. I have two tips: 1) Buy a 6.5 square ruler, so helpful! and 2) Before you start sewing, make sure you have a scant 1/4 seam or your blocks will be too small.

  284. CHRISTINE GANT August 8, 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

    As for me, the first tip is that I try not to lock myself into a specific fabric line. Lots of fabrics go together, and I try get different fabric lines to play together.

  285. Pauline August 8, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I have all of the patterns printed and placed in a binder but have not been able to start them as yet. My tip would be to store cut pieces for each block in a baggie and to keep all of them and completed blocks in a large bag or box.

  286. Sara Lindsay August 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    I’ve made 3 SS blocks. My tip is to use a piece of batting or the audition book from the bonus projects to layout the small pieces while waiting to sew them together and keep the gathered pieces away from the attention of the house pets! I finally put all of the fabric selections and the blocks ready to sew in a flip top crate of which I can close the lid when I see the cats coming in for their demanded attention!

  287. Staci Torgerson August 8, 2016 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    I am on my 2nd and 3rd quilt ever…so my advise at this point is to sew with experienced quilters. A its fun to sew with a group and B: theres always several ways to get from point A to point B and when they share that I can choose which option i like best or works best for me. I’ve truly enjoyed quilting and my new quilting community!

  288. Carol Rice August 9, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I have learned so much . . .and relearned basic embroidery, which I learned as a girl and hadn’t used much since. I had only tried paper piecing once before, so I learned a lot of what I had done wrong with that first attempt :) . I am learning the applique techniques and the English paper piecing was also a new experience for me . . .loving the journey

  289. Peggy M August 9, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

    My new favorite thing is to use Flatter to press out folds and creases in my fabric before cutting. They disappear like magic and the fabric is still soft and pliable!

  290. Karen August 9, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Hi, thanks for the giveaway! I have 12 blocks done and the best advice I can give is starch…like crazy!!!

  291. Machelle August 9, 2016 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I have only sewn 20 so far. My tip is to keep everything in a binder,( patterns and finished bocks.) I also keep a “to go bag” with all of the hand work blocks. That way I can stitch SOMETHING where ever I am -ball games, dr office, while my husband is driving!

  292. Barbara Olm August 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    I was staying up to date on the blocks in the beginning but then life and other projects got in the way. Hoping to start working on them again soon. I’ve done about 22 blocks. I’m thankful for the advice to use starch and press, press, press. I also like to use tiny pieces of masking tape to label my pieces when there are a bunch of different pieces in a block. Keeps my sane. Well sort of… lol

  293. Donna Pfost August 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I am on block 31. I really have enjoyed the journey so far. I am relatively new to paper piecing, and I am finding that it is really fun!! The best tip I think I have heard is relax and have fun… you do not need to be an expert, just enjoy the ride!! :)

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