I Feel Splendid!!! 

I feel Splendid because my Splendid Sampler Quilt is done!  It is quilted and bound too:).  Yea! Happy dance!!

It has been a year and a half and 82 blocks since I started this amazing adventure.  Some of the blocks were easy and others were extremely tricky.

One of the hardest blocks, but also one of my favorites was this beautiful dress block.  The paper piecing was a bear!  But I did it and learned a lot:)

My very favorites were definitely the embroidery blocks.  I never knew how much I like to embroider in the evenings.  Thank you Splendid Sampler:)!

I went out of my normal red and orange depression era color scheme favorites, and went with a peach, aqua, and gray with a bit of mustard splashing  around.

It was kind of hard to be excited about the colors for a whole year, but I am glad I stuck with it.  The quilt is a perfect SWEET softness that I just love❤️

I used a dark peach for the backing and bound it with a black with a white large dot.   I had one extra block that I added to the back along with a large tag that I printed out on my computer.

Here is a picture of the complete quilt.  It measures about 66″x 66″.  I wanted it small enough to hang on the wall in my quilting room.   And yes,  I had to climb on a bar stool to get this picture!  I’m glad I didn’t fall!  Lol:).

Yep, you heard me right,  this one is for ME!!   I could never ever part with all of the work and memories in this quilt.

I feel a bond with all of my fellow “Splendettes”.  It was so fun watching everyone do the same block but having it come out so differently because of color or creative genius.

it has been a SWEET and Splendid journey that I will always remember and cherish.  Thank you Pat Sloan and all of the designers for bringing this all together:)


Quilt Time for My Splendid Sampler!

It’s on the rollers and being quilted!!! I can’t believe it:)!  Can you tell I am excited?  I don’t  want this to be a bed sized quilt.  I am going to hang it on the wall in a place of honor in my quilting room, right where it should be:).

To keep it smaller, I did not add any sashing.  But, I did add about 375 flying geese as a double border (it was a great way to use some of the scraps:). It measures 70″x70″.

I made sure to sew around the outside edge to keep those geese from flying away when I put them on the quilt machine.

Now it’s QUILT TIME!! I think I’m a bit trepidatious about this as well.  There are a lot of choices that will need to be made for each block–“I think I can,  I think I can!”

The next time I post about this, it will be for a photo shoot:)!  SWEET!!

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I have been trimming and trimming and trimming all day, my hands hurt!  You would think it would be just the rotary cutter hand, but even the ruler hand is hurting.

Okay, maybe I sound a bit whiney, or probably a lot bit whiney, but hey, I made 350 flying geese today!   My eyes are blurry and my head is kind of fuzzy.  I only kept working because I didn’t want to do them tomorrow.If I would have just used the stitch and flip method, I could have saved hours of time not to mention my hands!  But no…I  decided to use my Wing Clipper ruler because there is very little waste with this method, and I am at the bottom of my fabrics.

I really do like this ruler.  It makes perfect flying geese.  You get 4 flying geese out of each square.  It gives the cutting measurements and the trimming guides.  They start by looking like hearts.  These will be two geese.

It was easy to sew the square down 1/4″ from the center on both sides using my Lori Holt seam measuring flower marker.  But it is easy and accurate to mark the lines as well.

Then the handy ruler gives the trim guides.  I put the valley in the v lines of the ruler on the 3.5″ marks.  Then I turned the block over to the mountain side and lined it up and trimmed again

And voila! The perfect flying geese block.  Gorgeous!  It’s funny how these kind of appear out of nothing..  They take more time than the stitch and flip, but there are only  little slivers of waste here.

So… yea!  I am excited to have these geese ready for the border of my Splendid Sampler.  The pain is worth it:). They look great!  

I hope your quilting adventures are SWEET and happy …. without any rotary cutting pain:)  Lol!

The Last Stitch!

I have busily been sewing on my final few blocks for my Splendid Sampler.  It has been so much fun:)   I finished my final seven blocks this morning and have an elated, sad type feeling.  

I have been working on, and looking at this beautiful stack of blocks every day while sewing and creating.  It has made me smile.  

Now it looks like this–See what I mean?   Oh well,  now I have a spot to fill with the next new 6.5″ project.  One will come along, it always does.

But look at how pretty this huge stack of blocks looks.  I’m excited to put them all together!

Here are my final blocks:

Full Circle Star

This one was a little trickier than I thought it should be.  There really wasn’t much of a pattern for the center aqua appliqué pieces.  I sewed a circle and cut it to make my pieces. I think it turned out just fine:)

Circle of Friendship– I loved all of the fun stripes in this one. I was happy to be able to use all of my fabrics as well. I like the circle contrast here. It’s a great block!

Prism—  I am always happy for an easy block to break up the difficult ones:)

Unity Star-– The cutting was the hardest part on this one.  It is a Square in a Square type block with lots of stitch and flip.

Minnesota Maze- Isn’t the fussy cut flower fun?

The Early Bird— I didn’t think I was going to like this one as much as I do.  I had to take a lot of deep breaths and just sew because there were so many tiny little pieces.  But it was worth it.  I think this block is the iconic block of the Splendid Sampler.  I love it!
And my final block–

Wild Roses

I am now, not afraid of needle turns appliqué.  I can do it, and find that I even like it!  Thank you Splendid Sampler;)

Here they are laid out and ready to sew together.  I have several extra that I am not putting in because I like the size of this.  So 81 blocks it is!  I will sew these together and add two fun borders.  Hopefully I can get these added in the next week or two….we’ll see:)

It has been a simply SWEET and Splendid journey that is almost done.  Life is good!

Sew On and Sew Forth! -Splendid Sampler

I am so impressed with all of the finishing on everyone’s Splendid Samplers!   They are all so so beautiful:).  It makes me excited to finish mine.  The end is in sight…..well, maybe a few more weeks of piecing and then on to the setting.

I have been busily sewing and am happy to say that ten more of these blocks are now in the rear window.  Yea!  These are the ones I worked on:

Gran’s Button Jar– This was my favorite:). I am FINALLY getting the hang of needle turn embroidery and must admit that I like it.  If there is one thing I have taken from this splendid journey, it is that I love to embroidery.  Who knew?!

First Purse-Aren’t those little buttons for the clasp adorable?

Happy Thoughts-

Skyscrapers-  I tried her raw edge appliqué. I think it fits this modern block.

Dedication Rose– I’m not crazy about the machine stitched black appliqué stitch, but oh well.  I have quite a few of those “oh, well” blocks.  


Double Bees–

Whirling in Circles–

Fleur de Lei– I remember seeing these appliquéd quilts when I went to Hawaii and was so impressed.  If  I ever go back to Hawaii, I will buy some fabric and make my own Fleur de Lei Quilt.

In the Sunshine–  My machine has a small alphabet stitch.  I thought this block was the perfect block to wave the Splendid Sampler and date on!

Whew! What a lot of sewing! I still have about 20 to go, but I can do this!!  Here is a computer lay out of most of my blocks.  SWEET!!!  I can’t wait:)!!

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Splendidly Sewing

I think I might..I repeat, MIGHT just catch up with my fellow Splendettes on my Splendid Sampler.  Well, probably not, but I WILL finish!  It is kind of sad seeing this QAL ebbing to a close. Just a few more weeks.  Wow! What a year!

I am happy with the last few days progress. I have finished nine more blocks. Yea!

Here are the blocks I completed: 

Bee Happy –  This was by far the hardest block I have done out of all of the blocks.  Some how I even managed to have my bee face the wrong direction!  My English paper piecing was awkward and a bit wonky.  I don’t care though.  I am just glad I could do it at all.Look at those teeny tiny stitches!  A few of the pieces were only about 1/2″ total size.  That made for quite a bit of fabric bulk at the points.  All in all I still like it.  I don’t think I will be doing any odd shaped, teeny EPP in the near future though!

Hearts and Flowers—  I really love this block. If I have learned any one thing through this Splendid journey, it is that I love embroidery blocks.I find it so relaxing to sit in the evenings with a needle and thread and make a beautiful flower or two.It is a pleasure.  I am looking forward to getting back to my other embroidered quilt project Salem Quilt Guild.  

The rest of these blocks were fairly simple and quick to sew up.

Starting Point-

Summer’s Gift-

Homeward Bound-

The Icing on the Cake-

Rising Star-


First Stitch-

I am excited to see these SWEET blocks all come together.  I think I have even decided on a setting for them.  We shall see…

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It’s a Splendid Day Again!

Finally!  I feel like things have calmed down around my house enough for me to open my Splendid Sampler box and sew a few more blocks.I don’t know if I will be able to get them all done.  I will certainly try, but if I don’t, oh well.  I will love all of the blocks I do get done.  I know that however many are finished will make a beautiful quilt.  Even stacked in my repurposed napkin holder they look fantastic!I keep them there beside my cutting area to remind me and to give me a little smile as I look at the latest blocks;). Aren’t you smiling just looking at them?  

I have been really surprised with how much I have been using the 1st introductory bonus project.  I cut several blocks worth of fabrics and place them in my portable preview station.  And then they are ready for me to sew when I get a spare minute. It is great!

I added a few extra pages to my book by cutting a vinyl tablecloth and sewing them inside.  It works wonderfully.

I was able to get six blocks done today.  The first two, Love and Travelers were very easy.  Thank you Pat! They even kind of look the same.

Next was the fun little triangle block, Hen and Chicks. 

I had a very fun time making the Full Circle block.  I didn’t follow the instructions to make this block.  I used a method I learned about from QuirksLTD.  I sewed the strips altogether and then sewed them to the larger blue rectangle.  I traced a large circle onto my “background” fabric and cut it out leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.I snipped  the seam allowance and pressed it to the inside and then pinned the “hole” on top of my stripped piece and sewed it down.  Easy!

At first, I didn’t think I would like the Shell block, but it ended up being my favorite of these blocks.  I do like the look of a paper pieced block, I just don’t like the amount of wasted fabric and the mess.

And finally, my embroidered block.This one was a practice in redwork.  I have decided that I really like multi colored embroidery better. I had to give it a “sample” though:)

I am having a fun time with this Sampler. It has been a year of learning.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  

I hope you have a SWEET day!

Embroidering my Splendid Sampler

I just love the embroidery blocks of the Splendid Sampler.  I like how I can work on them away from my sewing machine in the evenings with my family. 

  I like all of the texture and color.  I like the cute little motifs and how they come to life with a splash of color:)

For this block I added my new found coloring technique that I am using on my Salem quilt guild panels.  The coloring is so fun!  

Isn’t it just so SWEET?

Thank you for dropping by.  I hope you have a Splendid day!  –Tracy:)

A few More “Splendid” blocks

I wish I could say that this catches me up, but no- I still have a few more to go.  And of course they are the intricate paper pieced bee and a few appliqué and embroidered beauties.   Oh well, enjoy the journey, right?

I really ended up liking the pin cushion block.  At first I thought my fabric didn’t lend itself to it, but now I think it is my favorite of today’s Splendid blocks.  I used to have a tomatoe pin cushion.  I bet we all did!

The paper pieced crazy block was a breeze to put together.   I like how it showcases the fabrics.  Is this getting easier, or am I just getting better?!
I made a mistake on the cone flower block, but covered it up with a slightly larger yellow center.  I’m sure you can tell now that I have pointed it out.   I added the orange French knots.  I think they really finish it off well.

At the beginning of this journey, I was set on doing every block the hard way.  I was going to needle turn all of the appliqué and paper piece every tight angle,—well, you guessed it, the sewing machine has come out for the appliqué. It is just so much faster!   I still will hand stitch some, but I am not going to hit myself on the head if I use my machine on others.:)

It’s all good:) –No, it’s all SWEET!


It’s Another Splendid Day!

This afternoon has been so nice.   I sat behind my beautiful Juki 2010Q, listened to a book, and worked on my Splendid Sampler blocks.   

It’s amazing how quickly you can get behind with a two blocks a week QAL. It’s no problem though.  I am just enjoying the journey one, or four, blocks at a time:)

I followed each block pretty much exactly as the pattern was given except the Lemonade block.   This one just called to have a few leaves added .  I tried green leaves, but the peach leaves blended best with the rest of the colors,  I really like it:)

I am a bit worried that I am going to run out of my fabric.  That would be a disaster!  So I guess I will order more.   It’s all good.  I am enjoying this color palette. It is out of my normal pure brights favorites.   This is a sampler to test the edges and it definitely is doing that!

I hope you are having a SWEET day!  Thank you for dropping by!