The Splendid Sampler – Block 50 Celebration!


What a delight it’s been to see all of the amazing blocks sewn for The Splendid Sampler week after week. It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the halfway point! Block #50, Flights of Fancy by Joanna Figueroa, was released just yesterday and we’ve already seen a flood of beauty as a result;). This magnificent Sew Along has been presented by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, and we are endlessly grateful. They’ve inspired thousands of quilters, worldwide, to step outside of comfort zones, experiment with new techniques, collaborate and share with new friends, and contribute to something that is both inspiring and educational. We are thrilled to be a part of the Block 50 celebration and couldn’t help but use today’s post as a showcase of blocks. Our last showcase ended with block #36, so we’ll start with #37 and run from there!

Once you’re done ooooh-ing and ahhhh-ing over all of the block beauty, don’t miss your chance to enter-to-win a Large Perfect Box of Colors Collection by Pat Sloan for Aurifil.


[note: Mouse over each image for the image source. An @ symbol means the image is from Instagram, a name means the image was taken from our Facebook gallery]

Block #37 — Dashing by Chocolate by Laura Flynn

Block #38 — Vintage Flower Basket by Pam Kitty Morning

Block #39 — Balls in the Air by Aylin Ozturk

Block #40 — Flights of Friendship by Me & My Sister Designs

Block #41 — Sew South by Jennifer Mathis

Block #42 — Pencils by Jane Davidson

Block #43 — Pincushion Love! by Pat Sloan

Block #44 — Stitch in the Garden by Gail Pan

Block #45 — Sewing Nut by Frances Newcombe

Block #46 — Twirl Time by Sarah Maxwell

Block #47 — Circle of Love by Geta Grama

Block #48 — Whim by Faith Jones

Block #49 — Summer’s Gift by Karla Eisenach

To see even more of the blocks on Facebook, click here.
To check out what is happening for The Splendid Sampler on Instagram, click here.

Introductory Post for The Splendid Sampler
Sewing Along with the Splendid Sampler
Showcase Sunday: The Splendid Sampler Edition {6.19}

These other fabulous designers have celebratory posts up for the Splendid 50 today. Some of them have giveaways, some showcases, some tutorials… make sure to pay them all a visit!

The Splendid Sampler Blog (fabric giveaway!!)
Pat Sloan
Melissa Corry
Joan Ford
Kathy Schmitz
Michele Foster
Sara Lawson
Lynette Anderson
Jacquelynne Steves
April Rosenthal
Amy Udall Smart
Aurifil (that’s us!)

The Splendid Sampler Website
Blocks & Bonus Projects
Fabric & Tools
Meet the Splendid Designers — Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5 (there are 83!!)

— Tag #TheSplendidSampler on photos that you share
— Join the Facebook Group to meet other participants, ask questions, get sewing support and make new friends
— Add the blog button to your site – grab it here


To enter-to-win a Large The Perfect Box of Colors collection by Pat Sloan, either click here or on the image above. You do not need to complete all entries, but the more you complete, the more chance you have to win! This giveaway is open to all of our friends, all over the world! It will run from now through Sunday, August 7 at 11:59pm. We’ll announce the winner here on Monday, August 8 and will also contact the winner via email. Good luck!

UPDATE (8.8.16): This Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Giulia Faeta!! 


  1. Pencils is my favourite block so fare. Precise piecing, beautiful colors, fabulous result.

  2. What imagination quilters have to design all these blocks. Geta Grama is inspiring. Summer’s Gift is my favorite so far.

  3. #42 Pencils is my favorite so far. As a teacher, it’s perfect for using on so many things we can use in the classroom!

  4. My favorites are all of them so far, but, to pick one that stands out for me is block 17 Family of Stars by Kimberly Jolly.

  5. My favorite block so far was the 5 hearts. It was early on, but I used fabric for each heart to represent family members who have passed (some recent) and including them in this quilt made it very personal and I have decided that this is going to be an “all about me” quilt that I can treasure forever.

  6. Stitch in the Garden, Sewing Nut, and Pincushion Love are favorites of mine. However, they are all Fantastic!!!!!

  7. I think my favorite block has been whimsy. I love the crazy quilt look to it. I want to do a whole quilt from it.

  8. I am partial to pieced blocks so 37, 46 and 50 are among my favorites. Impossible to choose just one.

  9. I’m loving all the sewing theme blocks. My favorite sew far is Block #44 — Stitch in the Garden by Gail Pan which beautifully combines stitching motifs and an adorable bird.

  10. I won’t say I love every block I made, but it would be imposible to choose only one as most favorite!!

  11. My favorite block was “Snug as a Bug”. Reminded me of my son under the covers with his animals. Loved the appliqué and embroidery.

  12. What a hard choice! All the blocks are wonderful. But, since I love hand embroidery and applique, for now I’ll go with Block #7, “Snug as a Bug.” Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. The Splendid Sampler is such a learning experience for me, I am excited every Sunday and Thursday to get the new pattern. I have not tried the paper piecing yet I am hoping it is similar to making a dress with a pattern.

  14. So hard to choose. Favorite so far, Snug as a Bug. Such a cute design and I love hand embroidery.

  15. This question is too hard! I think “Snug as a Bug” is my favorite, or at least a close contender. Thank you for choosing such talented designers who clearly care about this project and are giving it their all.

  16. Wow, these blocks are all so unique. I like the embroidery ones the best…but piecing is good so I like those also and oh don’t forget the PP ones….as you can see, I like them all 🙂

  17. I really like the flip flop block for it’s ease of accomplishing, Plus I am going to make a full to queen size for a reception gift!

  18. This sew-a-long has been so much fun, I’m behind. Life gets in the way. But I love how the whole thing pushes my creativity. Thank you to all of you!

  19. You might as well ask me which my children is my favorite! Sheesh! So I will say that “ONE” of my favorites is Block #7 (Snug as a Bug). Adorable. This is quite a quilting adventure and I’m enjoying every minute of it!

  20. Loved seeing one of my blocks in your collage and some of my new friends on Splendid Sampler. Let’s see….my favorite block so far…so many! One is the dress block. So hard, but, so cool! It’s block 28 by Charise Randell called Stitching Fashion. Thank you for this Splendid giveaway.

  21. My favorite block so far, that I’ve completed, is Inchy Hexagon Club. Of those that I haven’t completed, I would say Nature’s Walk is my favorite. I hope to get to it soon.

  22. They are all so wonderful! I especially love all the embroidery blocks. My favorite is Block 31 “Blossoming” by Jenny Reynolds.

  23. My favorite is my Lina’s gift, by Pat Sloan. I really like them all and cant wait till I start piecing them together.

  24. I have loved them all! But I think my favorite so far is Pat sloan’s sewing machine block. I love vintage sewing machines and have been lucky been lucky enough to get three of them!

  25. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but Stitch in the Garden by Gail Pan is my most recent one.

  26. Just one?! I loved “Goose on the Loose” and “Happy Happy”. And although, mine was far from perfect, I loved the technique on “Hand in Hand.” That was very unique.

  27. Oh such lovely threads. Would love to quilt the sampler with these. And summer’s gift was my best block!

  28. Having only done a couple I can only say which block I enjoy looking at, not making. It’s block #41, Sew South by Jennifer Mathis.

  29. I love the squirrel block. About 3 years ago I had a baby squirrel that I raised from a baby.

  30. My favorite block was the dress block – #28 Stitching Fashion. Most challenging and totally adorable.

  31. My favorite block is number 44, Stitch in the Garden. I’ve seen such wonderful interpretations of it.

  32. That’s a tough question! I love Block 25, Sunday Best by Anne Sutton. Bunnies are so cute!

  33. So many fun ones…I especially like the little dress and the embroidery one with the animals under the quilt.

  34. so much fun to be a part of this fun project. I am so thankful for all of the people who have made it so much fun and interesting

  35. I think my favorite block is always the one I am working on. They are all wonderful and different and should make at least one wonderful quilt.

  36. Hard to choose, but I loved Happy Happy and the one that was meant to resemble crochet.


  37. There is no way I could ever pick a favorite! They have all been so fun, and I’m learning so much!

  38. My favorite is #47 Circle of Love. All of the examples I have seen of this block are so beautiful!!!

  39. I like them all…my favorite is stitch in the garden…love all the spools. Each person displays his/her own individual tastes.

  40. I just love this splendid journey, each block is a present from a special designers heart!

  41. So many fabulous blocks! I think my favorite is Christa Watson’s Scrappy Happy Heart!

  42. I really like Stitch in the Garden by Gail Pan. I love the embroidery embellishments.

  43. It is tough to pick one favorite. I’ve enjoyed all of them – most recent favorite would be the garden of spools – I stitched it on the beach so it will hold happy memories!

  44. My favorite is block #1, Hearts Aflutter, it really inspired me to take part in this wonderful journey.

  45. I just love the “Whim” blocks and the fabrics that were used for them. But oh my all the blocks are so wonderful. thanks for sharing…

  46. It is really hard to choose just one favorite, but mine would be the vintage flowers by Jane. It reminded me of a quilt my grandmother made.

  47. I think the Circle of Love is maybe my favorite..It is really hard to choose just one I have learned so much on all of them and as I finish each one it is my favorite until I get to the next one.

  48. My favorite is the embroidered block of the children sleeping under a patchwork quilt (in the first 10, don’t remember the name and details right now).

  49. It is really hard to pick a favorite block but I really enjoyed making the embroidered block by Jenny of Elefantz.

  50. My fourth Block is #29 Scrappy Happy Heart – it was my first FPP ever ( I did it ahead of #28) and I discovered that I Love doing paper piecing.

  51. I don’t have a favorite block, yet. What I LOVE is that there is such variety because there are so many designers and so many wonderful techniques and styles.

  52. I love the embroidery ones…but my favorite one so far is sew south I made my center hexagon with bees on it

  53. I don’t think I have a favourite block. I am just enjoying trying all the different techniques and meeting ‘through their designs and sites’ all the wonderful designers. I can’t wait for the next 50.

  54. Although I haven’t made it yet, it has got to be the pencil block! Thinking a kids quilt is needed to be made from this one!

  55. #28-Stitching Fashion, although I have not done it yet. It is so cute, it reminds me of my Barbie days.

  56. I really loved Vicki Tucek’s block Nature’s walk. It was what convinced me to pursue the embroidery which I had never done before more and I am now doing other projects in embroidery. 🙂

  57. one of my most favorite was the Hexigon block #36. It was something I had never done before and do it on such small scale was a little intimidating but It was fun and I loved making those little hex’s!

  58. It’s very hard to choose a favorite, but I really love my first one, It was the first quilting block I ever made!

  59. I seem to have a new favorite every couple of days. I just picked out my batik fabrics for Scrap Stars by Corey Yoder #13, so this is my current favorite.

  60. It’s hard to pick out one favorite block because there are so many I like. I love all the paper piecing blocks of course. I like Whim because I was feeling whimsical on the day it came out.

  61. My favorite block so far, is the tiny hexes block – Inchy Hexagon Club. I really enjoyed making it.

  62. Love the Pencil block. The whole set is really neat to see. I can’t wait to see some of the finished quilts.
    Thank you for the chance to get some more of your great thread, and in such beautiful colors.

  63. Love the tomato pin cushion block. It is so cure and can be used for so many different things!

  64. Pieced blocks are my favorite, but I am challenging myself to move outside of my box and do some of the applique ones. The little sewing machine blocks shows a piece of my heart!

  65. Amazingly for me I just loved making block 36 with all the tiny hexagons. I even embroidered some flowers on just a few of the blocks..

  66. My favorite so far has to be the Measure Twice block. It has special meaning for me because as a single mom I taught my son wood working skills. Every spring we would have a building project and we would lay things out and look at each other and say “remember, measure twice, cut once”. They are very good memories.

  67. My favorite block to day is…gosh that is a tough question. I loved each one as I made it and fell in love with others with the final product. I think block 6, focal point. I was so pleased with the block – the points and colors. I was already seeing improvement in my skills just 6 blocks in.

  68. Mijn favoriet zijn de potoloden van Jane Davidson (nr. 44), daar kun je veel mee doen, behalve een quiltblock. De leukste vind ik Stitch in the garden van Gail Pan (nr. 42), m.n. om te zien hoe creatief iedereen hier mee geweest is.
    My favorite is the pencils from Jane Davison (nr. 44), you can do al lot with them besides a quilt block. De one I enjoyed most is Stitch in the garden from Gail Pan (nr. 42) because of the huge creativity the members displayed with making this block. Awesome.

  69. Thanks so much for holding this awesome giveaway!!

    As for my favorite block so far, it’s a little tough to answer that as I’ve only just started… I finished Block 1 tonight, so I guess right now my favorite would have to be Hearts A Flutter!! 😉

  70. My fav so far has been #7 Snug as a Bug – got to do some embroidery as well as some piecing!

  71. My favorite block is Friends around the Square by Jacqueline Steves. I love the simplicity of it and that it lets the fabrics shine.

  72. The favorite I have finished is Goose on the Loose, but my absolute favorite is the sewing machine block.

  73. Love the sewing machine block. Want to make it bigger and hang in my studio. Love your thread.

  74. How to pick just one! To my surprise, The Wishful Garden is one of my top favorites. I was surprised because I haven’t done much embroidery and I didn’t know I would enjoy it so much. I love the way the finished block turned out!

  75. I CAN’T PICK A FAVORITE! Seriously I love them all even the ones I had to put in time out. A challenge is good the easy blocks let you catch your breath. Keep them coming.

  76. Block 44 Stitch in the Garden is my favorite. I haven’t made it yet, but I love the combination of applique and embroidery; and luv the little bird.

  77. My favorite block so far is Jen Kingwell’s “Happy Happy” – it is quirky and fun – just the way I like it!

  78. Block 31 Blooming showed me a whole new world of hand embroidery that I had never tried and its become my new passion along with quilting

  79. My favorites so far are the pieced blocks, but I am loving learning new skills too!

  80. Can’t pick just one- my top 3…
    #20, natures walk
    #28, stitching fashion and
    #22, goose on the loose- just love the paper piecing precision

  81. Splendid Sample has so many blocks that choosing one block as my favorite would be so difficult. But, so far, I do love Summer Flip Floppin block and many of the embroidery blocks. Thank you for the thread giveaway. I love Aurifil thread and I saw the CEO of your company when he visited Pine Needles Quilt and Sew in Rochester, MN. I learned so much that day. So glad I had that opportunity.

  82. I am loving the whole idea, but I think my favourite block has to be the summer flip flopping, as I get to use New Zealand themed fabrics for this.

    1. oh dear, some how my autofil has mucked up my email address on my last comment, but my favourite block is Summer Flip Flopping as I get to use New Zealand themed fabrics for the elements of the block

  83. I love the embroidery blocks and the paperpiecing blocks. I love them all 😊The hexagon blocks was a challenge but also a great one! Thanks for the chance.

  84. I am anxious to get started on the blocks I just bought my fabric, I have never did paper piecing so not sure how to do it, will need to get a book to learn how it is done. Splendid Sampler is so exciting with so many different blocks. I would love to be the lucky winner of the thread.

  85. I chose this picture to depict my favorite block–although it isn’t a single block–because I can’t choose a single block. It is the journey of going through each block even if going through each one as a viral quiltathon at the moment. I love seeing everyone’s work. I love collecting the blocks. I love “meeting” new people through the process. I love learning the new techniques. There isn’t just a “one” block, “one thing” to love about this. So this has to be a “whole deal” thing for me.

  86. I don’t really have a favorite as there are so many adorable blocks. I really like the ones that have embroidery on them.

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