I first wrote about this last February when the project first started: The Splendid Sampler. At that time, the Facebook group numbered just over 10,000, today, at this moment, it's at 25,622. That doesn't include the people around the world who signed up by email. Pat Sloan and Joan Davidson can be very proud of the project they put together with a lot of work, effort, planning and coordinating of more than 80 designers. A book is due for release soon.
My quilt, by the numbers: 100 blocks, 2757 pieces, 132 different fabrics, finished size 81" square, I replaced 6 blocks, one with a "bonus" block that was provided, and 5 that I drafted or added myself.
This quilt is for my beloved grand-girl, Stella LeAnne, who is only 20 months old now but will move up to a "big girl bed" later this year. As I worked on this, I thought it is possible she will take this to college years from now, it's not overly childish. Time will tell.
What I learned from this: First, this is a mystery project--if you don't know what the finished quilt will look like when you start, that's a mystery. Not everyone does well under those conditions--if you want to plan everything from the beginning, this isn't for you. I was surprised at the number of embroidery blocks, though I shouldn't have been, we knew there would be lots of techniques introduced. There were some true beginners who tackled this--I hope they learned a lot and weren't discouraged. There was so much support online by the various designers, every skill level could learn something.
Had I known what it would look like before I began, I wouldn't have made it. BUT I'm glad I did--I thought of Stella with every block and I hope she will like it. Here are my favorite blocks:
I created the BB block, my grandma name, and the Coneflower I hand-appliqued while on a family beach vacation with Stella in August:
Her "surprised" face she did on command and her PopPop
This embroidery block I simply colored with crayons and heat set. Loved the design, didn't want to spend weeks sewing it.
Here is Stella having a look at her quilt in progress in October:
Here are the fabrics I started with:
So, it's done, except for the quilting which I will do myself. Now to baste it and get started. And I have plenty of projects to get back to now.