The Splendid Sampler Meet Up in the Middle

Happy Friday everyone!!

Last week, I was in Syracuse, NY to meet up with a few quilting friends, meet some wonderful Splenderettes and attend the AQS Syracuse quilt show. For The Splendid Sampler Meet Up in the Middle, we met at Calico Gals, a lovely quilt shop not too far from our hotel downtown.

Designers Meet Up

Pictured above, are The Splendid Sampler Designers that were in attendance, Debby Brown (Splendid Quilter), Victoria Findlay Wolfe (Block 72), Joan Ford (Block 84), Me (Block 24 Inspector Sidekick), Flat Pat and Jacquelynne Steves (Block #76). Pat had an emergency come up at the last minute, and was unable to join us in person.

It was so much fun to meet everyone, and see all of their gorgeous blocks. I didn’t end up taking many photos, just too busy chatting and having fun. Below are a few that I did take.






We’ve Reached the Top

Yesterday marked the release of Block 50, Flights of Fancy, for The Splendid Sampler. This block was designed by Joanna Figueroa.


Additionally, on Wednesday, Pat released a bonus block to celebrate reaching the Top of the Hill.


Many of the designers are also helping to celebrate this milestone, with blog give-aways or freebies on their sites. Here are today’s designers:


I have two different give-aways for you all. First up, five free quilt blocks for you to download. Instructions for these blocks include both 6″ and 12″ finished blocks. Download them here!

Download 5 Free Quilt Block Tutorials

For my second give-away, two lucky winners, who leave a comment below, will win memberships to my Pieced Mini Quilt Club.


To enter the give-away, leave a comment below telling me what your plans are for this weekend. Two winners will be chosen randomly to win on Monday, August 8th.

My Blocks

I’ve been able to sneak a few blocks into my schedule this week. If you’re like me and behind, don’t worry, we’ll all be making these blocks far into the future. I have a couple of other blocks cut out and ready for stitching. I’ll be doing them as I work on other projects too.



The Splendid Sampler: We’ve Reached the Top
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  • August 5, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    I plan to get seeing done including block #50. On Sunday going to a butterfly release.

  • August 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I will be quilting a baby quilt for our niece, as the baby is due any time now!

  • August 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    This weekend involves an event for an organization I belong to. (The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international group of people who re-create the Middle Ages. The local chapter I do stuff with is having the annual “Fabric War” a chance to exchange fabrics for ….. other fabric and stuff. A good time and all.)

    Then recovering from the event and hopefully doing some sewing of Splendid blocks.
    Love mini-quilts and doing them.

  • August 5, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Let’s see – I need to fit in a 9 mile run, get paint for the family room walls & ceiling, layer & baste a tree skirt (& piece the backing), and hopefully knock out a couple more Splendid blocks! Should keep me out of trouble ;)

  • August 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I plan to visit my Mom (about 100 miles away) and celebrate mine, My Mom’s and my sister’s birthdays as we all celebrate another year within 8 days of each other. Wow big party!

  • August 5, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Saturday all day, I will be enjoying the company of my children and grandchildren. Sunday sewing with my quilting friends. Hope to get a few more blocks completed.

  • August 5, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I plan to ……sew! Just need to catch up block 50, and the bonus , have managed to keep up! I spent a quick second chatting with you in Syracuse at the met up, gosh what wonderful designers all you folks are thank you for your time and talent! I hope you get to do a sew day too!

  • August 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I plan to catch up with a few more blocks and now I have lots more printing to do. Thank you so much for your lovely patterns and your blocks look amazing.

  • August 5, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    This weekend i will catch up on work work. the job I’m paid to do. I hope to get some time to stitch a block or two of the SS.

  • August 5, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    My plans for the weekend are to try to make some headway on my quilt blocks in progress. More cutting.

  • August 5, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I love doing minis, this would be an awesome prize.

  • August 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks for your contributions to making the Splendid Sampler such a success. This weekend my Grands are coming to visit so I will be packing up all things sewing so busy little people aren’t enticed. It’s a great way to keep everything sorted out and organized so packing up and putting all my sewing is a good thing! It will all come out again on Sunday once they all head for home again, so I can get started on the Sunday block release.

  • August 5, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    My plans for the weekend are to cut out a quilt for my granddaughter, Amberly. With a little luck, I might even get some sewing done on it too.

  • August 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Go swimming, make a few blocks for splendid sampler and love up my cat!

  • August 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I have some work to do this weekend (preparing college courses for this fall). But I will also find some time to sew! Oh, and watch the Olympics!

  • August 5, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    This weekend I’ll be cutting out a new quilt, watching the Olympics, going to the farmer’s market, church and meeting with a group of friends. Oh, and it’s Seafair weekend in Seattle, so maybe we’ll see the Blue Angels!

  • August 5, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Tomorrow (Sat) I am going to our local Quilt Store to pick up the pattern for the Saturday Sampler we started last Oct. We get a new pattern the first Sat. of each month, then home to start the block I pick up (I am making 3 different color waves of this quilt) plus doing the Aug. quilt square for Pat Sloan’s Secret Garden Quilt ( 2 different color waves of this quilt) Besides quilting I am helping to take down the deck from the back of our house to do a covered concrete patio. Busy weekend for me along with going out to dinner with my husband as we celebrate our 39th Wedding Anniversary on Sat.

  • August 5, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Cutting fabric for a mystery quilt. Down at the beach for a few days too.

  • August 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I plan on doing some slow stitching this weekend and spending time with family.

  • August 5, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I will be off to visit family members and deliver a baby quilt for a shower next week.

  • August 5, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I’ve been off work for a few weeks caring for my sweetie after surgery. I’ll be making sure everything is ready for me to go back to work–and hopefully getting in a little bit if seeing.

  • August 5, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I plan to do both some selfish sewing and some giving sewing. And have a belated birthday lunch with my good buddy to celebrate both of our birthdays.

  • August 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    This weekend I will golf in the morning then my friend who is learning quilting comes over and we work on Splendid blocks or Row x Row panels. She is learning paper piecing. We have fun! My twin daughters live in Austin and Manchaca Tx!

  • August 5, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I plan on picking sweet corn to enjoy this weekend, and some to freeze for this winter. then working on some splendid sampler blocks.

  • August 5, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I will hopefully get some stitching done after I have done the housework. It is wet, cold and windy weather here in New Zealand so a good weekend for staying indoors and stitching.

  • August 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    This weekend will be the same as all the rest. Saturday is grocery and laundry day. Sunday morning is church and housework finishing before the Splendid Sampler block is released.

  • August 5, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    After a busy week at work, I plan to play a bit of catch up on my blocks. They are so fun to do and I love looking at everyones posts about their blocks.

  • August 5, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I plan to finish up a few splendid sampler blocks, as well as sew the border on a quilt i have almost completed

  • August 5, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Love your blocks and thank you so much for the 5 blocks. I love getting to know the designers!

  • August 5, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    This weekend is about sewing, sewing and more sewing….
    Trying to catch up on the blocks but also fitting in time to take a look at all the other blocks uploaded to the Splendid Sampler Facebook page, I love seeing what is being created.

  • August 5, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Oh, I have huge plans for this weekend! I am putting together 4 large shelving units in my “reclaimed” spare room to store all my fabric and craft supplies! I will be able, finally, to get them out of the stacks along 2 walls of my bedroom and into organized “homes” where I can find what I want and pet all the lovely fabric I haven’t seen in eons! Empty nesting is such fun!!

  • August 5, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    This is my first weekend in a couple of months that I am not gone off the grid to our remote camp. I’ll be spending my time weeding the flower beds, working on a few splendid sampler blocks, binding a recently finished quilt and enjoy church services.

  • August 5, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I planned to,begin a quilt for our guild to donate to Fort MacMurray and do some gardening and of course finish the 50th block

  • August 5, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    I’m working on splendid sampler blocks and a baby quilt.

  • August 5, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Do Block 50 and then continue hand quilting a vintage hexagon/embroidered quilt I rescued from a garage sale. It had been cut in half so I have put it back together, embroidered it and now quilting. Lots of fabrics from the 70’s back to the 50’s. Thanks for the give away!

  • August 5, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    This weekend I will be celebrating by nephews first birthday on Saturday and doing a quilting demonstration at Spotlight on Sunday. Hopefully I can squeeze in a baby quilt for my cousin, too! Busy, Busy!

  • August 5, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Tomorrow I’m scheduled for a pedicure! Yippee! Pamper time.
    Sunday it’s back to the garden, trying to finish what I said LAST YEAR was the LAST YEAR I was going to work on!
    Glad you had a nice visit at Calico Gals, one of my faves.

  • August 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I just returned from a 4-day Quilting Retreat where I finished 2 quilts and 2 tablerunners. So tomorrow I think I will head to the quilt shop to get the fabric needed for another quilt I have partially pieced but ran out of fabric on. Then the rest of the weekend I will spend in my quilt room organizing so I have room to sew.

  • August 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I am a high school teacher and we go back on Monday, so I am doing a shop hop around New Orleans and Baton Rouge for my last free weekend.

  • August 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I’m hoping to get more of my Splendid Sampler Blocks finished this weekend….or am I dreaming???

  • August 5, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    It’s wet and cold here this weekend, perfect excuse to get into all of my unfinished projects – mostly Christmas and birthday presents, plus playing catchup with the splendid sampler

  • August 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    We have 5 out of our 8 grand children visiting this weekend so no sewing but trying to visit the designers as they are listed on the site.

  • August 5, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    This weekend is Shop Hop in South Louisiana. I’m on the road collecting fabrics from the 13 participating shops!

  • August 5, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I will be watching the Olympics this weekend. My son-in-law is competing. ?

  • August 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for the freebies and this chance to win a place in your club!
    My plans for this weekend – does tonight count?- finishing sewing 2 doll dresses for my girls and my niece, glue some felt flowers together, sew some more doll clothes tomorrow and cut out some blocks for #26 splendid sampler (I am encouraged to get back on track and just have some things cut out and ready to go when I am ready to sew!, Vacation Bible School Church Picnic on Sat., church on Sunday, and finish getting birthday party stuff ready for my son. I hope I can get it all done! Thanks for asking and for sharing your expertise and talents!

  • August 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I will be celebrating my birthday with my twin brother and family! Thank you very much for the patterns!

  • August 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Laundry unfortunately! We just got back from a great few days in Quebec City patio hopping. And sewing a few quilty gifts for parties next weekend.

  • August 5, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    This weekend I plan on finishing my craft room organizing! Then I can get busy on my Splendid Sampler!

  • August 5, 2016 at 10:36 pm


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