I tried to resist, I really did!
I have succumbed again to Pat Sloan’s Splendid Sampler! I learnt so much with the first Splendid Sampler quilt and at least this time I haven’t got another two BOM’s to keep up with as well! The Splendid Sampler is a quilt-a-long organised by Pat together with Jane Davison. A new 6.5″ block is released every Thursday for a year, giving a total of 100 blocks. What makes this special is that the blocks are designed by over 80 different quilters from all over the world, so you get lots of different styles and techniques. If you’re not keen on a block it really doesn’t matter, you only have to make one!
One thing that is slightly different this year is that the first twenty blocks will be released on line for free, after that you have to buy the book. I still haven’t decided if I’ll just make twenty or keep going.
My original plan was to make a scrappy quilt, my scrap boxes are overflowing! I did start rummaging round but I couldn’t get inspired. I then remembered some soft blue and grey fabrics I have in my stash. I think I bought them over time thinking they would work either with the last SS or my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, they didn’t so they sat in my stash. I’m wanting a pair of blue/grey quilts as throws for the chairs in our dining room. The colour scheme is a lovely peaceful silvery grey and soft blue. We’ve just had the chairs reupholstered so I want throws to protect them from Zach if he sneaks up.
So I’m sticking with my plan not to buy any fabric for this quilt, just use from my stash. I’ve collected quite a few fabrics in greys, blues and a few teals, as well as off whites. The only one I’m not sure about at the moment is the blue with wiggly lines on. It’s in for now, even if I just use it a few times.
The first block was designed by Alex Veronelli, he’s called it Quilt Market.
It went together pretty easily, though it did seem a bit wasteful when so much was trimmed off! I’ve decided to add a simple sashing as I go and I’ll hopefully quilt them pretty much straight away too. I’m planning to use different fabrics for the sashing.
So here is my first block completed!