5 reasons why your Splendid Sampler blocks aren’t done (we feel you!)

Can you believe it? It’s been almost a year since The Splendid Sampler Sew-Along began! On February 14, 2016, Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson launched a spectacular sew-along featuring 80+ designers who shared 100 beautiful quilt-block patterns. The sew-along has been spreading the joys of quilting across the globe ever since.

Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan
Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan

Thousands of new and seasoned quilters (25,235 quilters, to be exact!) joined the Splendid Sampler Facebook group and quilted along: two blocks every week for an entire year. What a fantastic journey it has been!


“Where else can 20,000+ women and men from

all over the world come together and quilt together at the same time?

It’s like a universal language that we all understand.”

—Gloria Galiana, Facebook


If you’re hearing about the Splendid Sampler for the first time and are disappointed that you might have missed the fun, no worries. All 100 blocks from the sew-along are available in The Splendid Sampler book, coming April 4!

The Splendid Sampler

For those of you who have been quilting along . . . we get it. Perhaps you didn’t reach your goal of making all 100 blocks in one year. But take heart—we know you’re not alone. At least three Martingale staffers tried it and fell behind too! We wondered if you might share some of our reasons for not quite making it to the finish line.

1. I started, got distracted, and forgot to restart. I need a do-over! Am I the only one?

Oh, we know the feeling. Get up to find something in the next room, then can’t remember what you went in after. No need to feel alone. With The Splendid Sampler book, you’ll have all the how-to you need (plus more resources at the Splendid Sampler website). Yes, you can finish—all the Splendids are cheering you on! Plus, you can pick the perfect order for YOU to complete them in. See what strikes your fancy. Two a week? Maybe. Two in a day? Possibly? Too many ideas? Never! You’ll love the variety. Ready, set, sew!

Blocks from The Splendid Sampler
Blocks from
The Splendid Sampler

2. I can handle sewing two blocks a week; but oh, my organizational skills!

Sewing two blocks a week is doable. But sewing 100 blocks in a year—with different patterns, supplies, and fabrics for each design—can be a test even for the most organized quilter. We’re happy to report your administrative assistant is (almost!) ready to report for duty, and she’ll be available any time you’re ready to sew: you guessed it, The Splendid Sampler book! You can go at your own pace and find plenty of time to organize in a way that works for you.

Blocks from The Splendid Sampler
More blocks from
The Splendid Sampler

3. Another (and another, and another) quilt distracted me!

Oh boy do we get it—so many quilts, so little time! With The Splendid Sampler book you’ll easily be able to sandwich a block or two in between more pressing projects.

4. My three-ring binder is stuffed to the hilt—and I ran out of printer ink and page protectors somewhere along the way . . .

No need for those extras anymore! The Splendid Sampler book’s got your binder, page protectors, and printer ink all wrapped up into one neat and tidy book that will fit perfectly alongside other quilt books in your bookcase.

Blocks from The Splendid Sampler
More blocks from
The Splendid Sampler

5. Um … I just started!

Okay, so you’re one year late and 100 blocks short. No worries! The Splendid Sampler was made for everyone, first-comers and latecomers alike. There’ll be plenty of quilters just starting their blocks along with you—so share yours on the Splendid Sampler Facebook page. All the quilters playing along will be waiting to welcome you.

The Splendid Sampler designers
Some of the Splendid Sampler designers gathered at Fall 2016 International Quilt Market for a photo shoot!

Valentine’s Day 2016 marked the kickoff of The Splendid Sampler Sew-Along; and you can bet that this Valentine’s Day there will be a big celebration. Be sure to visit the Splendid Sampler website this Tuesday—there’s lots more fun to be had!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re sneak-peeking this completed quilt from the book in romantic red and white:

30-Block Red-and-White quilt
30-Block Red-and-White quilt by Tammy Vonderschmitt

Seriously, we want to make a Splendid Sampler quilt in every color!

The book arrives in just 59 days (yes, we’re counting!) and we can’t wait to share more of it with you! Until then, browse The Splendid Sampler on our website and put the book on your wish list, or sign up to be notified as soon as the book is available.

The Splendid Sampler

Pat and Jane will be posting the blocks all over again in 2017, so you can enjoy making them with The Splendid Sampler book at your side!


“The Splendid Sampler has broadened my quilt life in a hugely global way.

I’m thrilled to learn new techniques and skills, and I love seeing what others

around the world have done. The Splendid Sampler has become a personal

journey that I treasure. Thank you to all the designers!”

—Tucks N. Frills, Facebook


Were you a part of the Splendid Sampler Sew-Along this past year, or are you ready to get started now? Tell us in the comments!

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