In case you haven't heard of it - there is a wonderful Quilt-a-long called The Splendid Sampler which has been organised by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. 100 Blocks that have been designed by 84 designers - and the blocks and their instructions are posted twice a week on the website. This week we have reached the half way point with Block 50 which has been designed by Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts. I have been very fortunate to have my block accepted and it will be up on the website in December. You will have to check back in then to see what it looks like :)
Even though The Splendid Sampler has been going since the beginning of the year, I have only just started to make my blocks. That's the great thing about this quilt-a-long, it doesn't matter when you start or how much you get done, so long as you are enjoying it and learning some new techniques - whatever pace suits you is all that matters. There will be a book published at the end of the year so even if you haven't printed out all of the block instructions, don't worry as you can always buy the book!
So far I've completed 9 blocks. I've chosen a new fabric range called "Fleurs" which has been designed by Brenda Riddle for Moda Fabrics. It will be in stores in October 2016. I love Brenda's fabric designs as her colours are so fresh and pretty.
A little bit about me - my name is Di Mill and I have the best job in the world! I am a fabric rep in Australia in the state of Queensland, so I spend my days in Patchwork and Quilting stores, showing them the latest fabrics that are going to be released. One of the companies I represent is Moda and receiving a big box of Moda fabric samples is one of my favourite days. I don't get a lot of time to sew as I travel quite a lot with my job, so this type of project is great for me, as I can sew a block at a time, whenever I have an hour or two to spare.
The Splendid Sampler facebook group is a great place for inspiration. Even though I have only just started to make my blocks, I have enjoyed seeing what everyone else has been making. There are some seriously talented ladies out there!
If you would like to follow me on social media, you will find me on Instagram:
and I have a facebook page where I post sneak peaks of upcoming fabric ranges, projects I'm working on and industry news.
To celebrate the half way point of The Splendid sampler, I'm having a giveaway. I have a Moda bag that has a gorgeous cross stitch design on both sides and a Bella solid Fat Quarter pack to pop into it. I will add a couple of more Aussie treats that will be a surprise to the winner!
Just leave a comment - let me know how you squeeze in sewing/craft time (or extra sewing time) into your day in the comments below to be in the running to win the prize. The giveaway is open until the 9th of August. A random winner will be chosen.
Thanks for stopping by....Di