We’re so excited to be participating in The Splendid Sampler Adventure! Sponsored by Aurifil, Martingale, and Moda Fabrics and lead by the absolutely wonderful Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, this adventure will be a blast for any quilter who loves a little mystery and lots of fun with quilters around the world!
Where did this idea come from?
Two friends sat down over a splendid cup of coffee and came up with the idea to do a project together. Two hours later a project is born. Pat writes: “At the end of that wonderful chat we decided that not only did we want to do a project together, we wanted to connect people. Jane lives in Australia, I live in the United States. We have designer and Industry friends around the world.”
What is The Splendid Sampler?
It’s a year-long, 100-block adventure of quilt making. A total of 83 talented quilt designers (included us!) have designed blocks to share. We’ll also be sewing along so you can see our progress and fabric choices!
What size are the blocks?
The blocks finish at 6″ square. They include a variety of techniques, from pieced to appliqué to embroidery to paper piecing.
When will the block patterns be released?
Starting February 14, 2016, two blocks will be released a week (exceptions are Christmas Day and New Years). The blocks will be posted on Sunday and Thursday of each week. The patterns will be free until March 2017, at which point the blocks will appear in a book from Martingale!
What fabrics do I need?
We’ll be showing quilts in two colorways (a traditional one and a brighter one). You’ll need approximately 30-35 fat quarters for the blocks. You can read more about fabric requirements here. We’re using a specific line of fabric for our blocks, but you can pull from your scraps or combine a few fabric lines.
How do I get involved?
- Visit the official The Splendid Sampler website and sign up to receive email notifications when new blog posts are made.
- Take a tour of the participating designers’ websites via the links on the right side of the website.
- Join the Facebook group for inspiration and news!
- Use hashtag #TheSplendidSampler to tag photos you share on Instagram.
We can’t wait to get started sewing and we hope you join us! Our editor Lindsay Mayland will be blogging frequently and posting pictures on her Instagram, so make sure you follow her at @lindsmayland and us at @allpeoplequilt to see her progress!
–American Patchwork & Quilting + Lindsay
Some features about the book we love:
- The illustrations are printed on high-quality, heavyweight paper, which means you can use colored pencils, fine tip markers, and even watercolors.
- Amanda explores basic color theory, so you can easily create masterpieces and apply lessons to your quilting.
- Perforated edges make it easy to pull out pages and display them for a fun gallery wall of 8×10″ frames.
- The designs are based off of Amanda’s favorite fabric patterns (including her new Carina line for Benartex), so it’s like you’re coloring your own fabric.
Best of all?
Modern Elegance Coloring Book Blog Hop Schedule
An Experiment in Coloring:
Just like quilts, a coloring page can take on a completely different look when you use different colors. (If you want to see something really cool, take a look at the video Amanda made showing coloring possibilities of one of her coloring pages.)
We played along in the office and made two versions of a finished coloring page showcased in the book.
Amanda’s design from the book:
Emily’s design (she couldn’t stop at just one and colored two pages!):
Have you voted in The Crafty’s competition yet? You’ve only go until October 25 (THIS SUNDAY) to enter or vote. The Crafty’s, launched by CraftFoxes.com, is a way to show off your original work and gain online recognition.
With so many categories (including Best Pinterest Board or Instagram Account) and and so many creative folks out there, it’s no surprise that competition is fierce. Last year’s best of show winner was a stunning knit lace bridal gown.
Who and what will the finalists in each category be this year? And who will be the Best of Show Winner?
I found a few more favorites as I perused the site:
And I love Julie Kelley’s story about her Share the Warmth Scarf.
So click over to The Craftys Awards site to enter and vote! And tune in on November 6 for the livestreamed awards event at thecraftys.com.
Looking for a fun way to show off your best work? Enter photos of your items in The Craftys! The Craftys is an award program that celebrates the best in DIY and craft across the U.S. There are categories from quilting to craft blogging, and there’s even a Young Crafter category that nets the winner in the category and his or her school a cash prize! (See The Craftys 2014 Best in Show winner here.)
Makers enter photos of their best work online at test.thecraftys.com and fans can vote for their favorites. Each category will have an award, with one Best of Show award presented for the 2015 competition. A team of judges chooses the category and Best of Show winner.
Entry categories include:
- Craft Blogger
- Decorative Painting/Mixed Media
- DIY Pinterest Board or Instagram Account
- Edible Crafts
- Fashion Sewing
- Felt Crafts
- General Crafts
- Home Decor/DIY
- Online Store
- Paper Crafts/Scrapbooking
- Sticker Art
- Young Crafter
Whether you choose to enter or just want to see the projects, you can learn more by going to The Crafty’s site, signing up, and checking out this fun new online competition. But don’t delay. Entries must be posted online by October 25, 2015, and the winners will be announced at a livestreamed event hosted by on November 6, 2015, from Chronicle Books headquarters in San Francisco. For official rules, visit The Craftys rules page.