The Splendid Sampler - Block 16

Splendid Sampler Block 16 | Shannon Fraser Designs 

I discovered The Splendid Sampler through my awesome Instagram community.  Haven’t heard of the Splendid Sampler?  Well it’s a fun quilt adventure being hosted by Pat Sloan & June Davidson in which 100 blocks will be shared throughout the year.  Two blocks are released each week and are free for download the first year, after which they will be converted into a book for sale.

You can follow along as the patterns are released, or take it at your own pace.  I'm fitting them in where I can.  Mainly when I need a quick break from a current work in progress :)

Fabrics used in Splendid Sampler Block 16 and showing piecing *This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission. 

There are lots of different quilters from all over the world contributing a quilting block.  I thought it would be fun to participate to learn new techniques and challenge myself.  Not to mention, I really love our community and figured it would be a fun way to meet other quilters from all over the world all expressing their love for this art. 

Although things got started earlier this year, it was recommended to just jump in and work back to the previously released blocks at a later date. So that’s what I've been doing.  Jumping in and making blocks when I can!  

I've shared a few blocks on Instagram already, but here is the first block I tackled of the series called Pieces of Friendship designed by Lindsay Mayland.

I had just added some new Kona solids to my stash that I was just dying to dip into.  So, my colourway for this project is shaping up to be mixture of pinky, dusty rose, mauve and burgundy hues, including:



I've been meaning to give snowballing blocks a go, so I was thrilled to see this block implementing that technique.  It really isn't difficult.  If you've tackled half-square triangles, then you can surely accomplish this. 

Quilt blocks chain pieced while adding the snowball corners

Quilt block snowball corner after trimming

I was initially concerned that the fabric requirements seemed quite generous as some of my trimmings/ scraps are quite large. But I've kept them in a bowl and “shop” the bowl when making other blocks.  Some of these tiny squares were found there! 

A quick heads up.  The finished size is 6” x 6”, so with a seam allowance each block needs to measure 6.5” x 6.5”.  Don’t do like me and trim your first block down to 6” square!

You can link up your blocks and also see everyone else that is participating and their take on the block.  

Happy quilting!




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