Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Splendid Sampler™ AND My Library

The Splendid Sampler™ Wednesday
(...skip this part if you're not new here...)

The Splendid Sampler™ is an internet sew-a-long created by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. It is an EPIC sew along...
  • 83 fabric designers have created specific blocks that feature different quilting techniques. (paper piecing, fused applique, etc.).
  • The blocks will be released each week, and are FREE to participants until March 2017. (at that time, they'll use the designs to publish a book).
  • You can use whatever fabric you like.
  • There will be pictures on their Facebook page, etc.
The new block designs come out twice a week....on Sunday morning and Thursday morning. I'm doing this with my TMBC...and, therefore, it is my pleasure to BLOG ABOUT IT every Wednesday.

When Block #15, Family Affair, came out -- WE ALL STRUGGLED. It was paper piecing, and none of us had ever done it before. I had 42 failed attempts before this happened...
And, yes, there was some gloating...but I had made up my mind to NEVER do paper piecing again.
Linda and I were hanging out in a nearby small town -- Eldridge -- and we went to the library...
Our Fiber Arts group had a small quilt show there...
We walked around and admired the beautiful quilts.
Thanks to the Splendid Sampler -- we are actually QUILTING now -- so this work is even more amazing...
TALK ABOUT YOUR RITA LUCK!! We are all struggling with the paper piecing...and have spent countless hours, reading instructions, watching YouTube videos...WHAT WE NEED IS A CLASS!!
So, two days later -- three of us were able to attend.  LK, Sandy and me...
We were eager students.
And the tulip pattern was PERFECT
Our teacher was terrific and well prepared.  Her pre-cut kits were PERFECT.
Learning when to cut away the excess was SUCH AN EYE OPENER!!
GREAAT JOB, Eldridge Library!!

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