The Splendid Sampler 2 is here! Back and better than ever (+ fabric giveaway!)

The Splendid SamplerPat Sloan and Jane Davidson started The Splendid Sampler Sew-Along in February 2016 to bring the whole world together to quilt. More than 31,000 quilters from all walks of life have joined the sew-along, and more keep joining every day (you can join too!). They published The Splendid Sampler as a companion book for the sew-along—and of course it became a runaway best seller!

Now Pat and Jane are back with 100 all-new quilt blocks, 80 talented designers, and another year of sewing fun—we’re overjoyed to be the publisher of their splendid sequel, The Splendid Sampler 2!

The Splendid Sampler 2

Inside The Splendid Sampler 2, you’ll find one hundred blocks, designed by Pat and Jane plus superstar quilters Lissa Alexander, Carrie Nelson, Jenny Doan, Susan Ache, Betsy Chutchian, Rob Appell, and many more. The 6″ blocks are made with patchwork, appliqué, embroidery, and paper piecing and provide plenty of opportunities to try new techniques. You’ll discover fun ideas for arranging your blocks in a gallery of sampler quilts, too!

Here’s a peek at every beautiful block in the book, and the samplers you can create with them:

From The Splendid Sampler 2

But what’s really special about “The Splendid Sampler” series? You can share your progress online and experience the joys of quilting with a “Splendid” community of quilters!

Here are Pat and Jane to tell you more!


Jane Davidson and Pat SloanPat Sloan (right) and Jane Davidson (left) here today to launch The Splendid Sampler 2 book!

When we finished the sew-along for the first book, it was exciting to see all the finished quilts coming in (you can see hundreds of them on our Gallery page). As the weeks went on and Jane and I chatted, we got to thinking about how much we missed the excitement of working with all the designers. We missed announcing which block to sew each week and having you meet our friends. So we hatched a plan to do book two!

100 Blocks + 1
100 Blocks + 1, 72½" × 72½", designed and pieced by Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan

We invited 80 designers to join us—some who participated in the first book and some new ones too! Patterns and blocks were ready in June 2018, but the release date for the second book was still months away. So we decided to give you 20 blocks from the new book in our Facebook group while we waited for it to be printed, yippee!

Heart and Hands
Heart and Hands, 52½" × 56½", designed by Pat Sloan, pieced by Melanie Barrett

Since June, thousands of blocks have been made and shared. It’s so exciting! It’s so much fun to see the same block in different fabrics. Many of the designers have their own fabric lines and have been sharing the blocks they make in their signature style. Enjoy this slideshow of some of their blocks and see if you can spot a designer you know:

From the Splendid Sampler 2

Here are just a few members of the team posting a block each week in our Facebook group and on social media—follow along!

Joanne Avery • Jamie Mueller • Susan Guzman • Tara Lynn Baisden • Terry Atkinson •
Dawn Heese • Nadra Ridgeway • Kat Tucker • Jill Shaulis • Nicole Vos van Avezathe •
Jenni Smith • Rob Appell • Richy Lainson Jr. • Robin Vizzone • Chelsi Stratton •
Kitty Wilkins • Irene Blanck • Joyce Beenes • Kerry Goulder • Sheri Cifaldi Morrill •
Nikki Tervo • Jeni Gaston • Amy Friend

Some designers are doing bonus tutorials for making the blocks, too!

For more about all of the Splendid Sampler 2 designers, click here.

Lovin' the Blues
Lovin’ the Blues, 30″ × 50″, designed by Tammy Vonderschmitt

The Splendid Sampler 2 is shipping now—you can sign up for notices about the sew-along here. Just enter your email and we’ll keep you up to date! Be sure to use our hashtags when you post your blocks and quilts to social media, because we’d love to see and share! #thesplendidsampler #splendidsampler #thesplendidsampler2

Now, let’s go sew!


Thanks for all the details about the book and the sew-along, ladies!

We’ve got a fun book and fabric giveaway to kick off The Splendid Sampler 2 celebration today!

Can you believe it?? EIGHT lucky winners will each receive one lovely Layer Cake, courtesy of our friends at Moda Fabrics! And each winner gets a copy of The Splendid Sampler 2, of course! To enter your name in the drawing, tell us:

The Splendid Sampler 2Which chapter of The Splendid Sampler 2 will you dive into first?

a) The patchwork chapter
b) The appliqué and embroidery chapter
c) The foundation-piecing chapter

Or have you already been sewing along?

We’ll choose eight random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start your own splendid journey, you can order the book at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winners are:

Peggy, who says, “I would do the embroidery blocks first and then the paper piecing!!”

Barb, who says, “Applique and embroidery is my love!”

Stephanie, who says, “Patchwork first always!”

Pat, who says, “I can’t decide where to start!  I’ll have to look at every page and then follow my heart.”

Kathy, who says, “I will start with patchwork section. But I have already been sewing along with the first blocks. Can’t wait for my book to arrive, today I think.”

Sue, who says, “I was just talking Paper Piecing with a friend today, so at the moment if feels like I would dive into PP section first.”

Judith, who says, “I would start with the Applique and Embroidery chapter. I recently took a class at my local Sewing Center on sewing applique and I loved it. I’m eager to do more appliques.”

Judy, who says, “I have been sewing along with the Splendid Sampler II.  I love the variety of sewing methods that I get to try.  Some I love and have done before and some are brand new to me.  Thanks for the chance to win.”

We’ll email you about your prizes, winners—congratulations!


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