May 24 – Let’s talk Fabric!

Let’s talk Fabric for the Very Splendid Sequel, The Splendid Sampler II ™

Jane and I had a great Facetime chat the other day … so awesome to talk to her in Australia when I live in the US!  Hosting and running the first project the colors used by the quilters around the world is stunning!  We have a gallery where you can see almost 200 The Splendid Sampler I ™ variations

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FIRST a quick recap:

I’ll go through some thoughts about fabric so you can gather your collection to be ready to start sewing with us on June 14!

Image result for Diving Board Fat Quarter Bundle Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics 

Amount Needed

Firstly, let’s talk color selection. Many people told us that having a selection to work from was the most effective way to approach a 100 block sampler.

We like selecting a fabric line and then adding a few more FQs to it so you have some consistency across the blocks. You can also add from your collection to give it more variety as you go along.

Other people liked to make it very scrappy pulling from their own fabric and using a consistent background.

UPDATED 7/5/2018 with additional thoughts

As designers, both Jane & myself and our entire design team of 80, feel that having a consistency when creating a quilt of 100 unique blocks, will make us happy.  Having a color scheme, a certain fabric, or set of fabrics, used often, tie it all together. A sampler is not like a repeat block, each is unique and your fabric choices help you create an amazing quilt.

Like most samplers, there is not a ‘one to one’ fabric placement guide. We suggest building a working set of fabric.

Included in there is a background that can be used in the block. Our Balance, the Elephant, had a background behind the toy elephant. In Rebecca’s Milk & cookies it could be one of the fabrics for the HST.  Each block you look at for your fabric and decide, which is part of the amazing fun & learning experience of doing the Splendid Sampler with us, there are so many things to learn.

Eventually you will decide on a setting. You might use the one from Book 1, or when Book 2 comes out you might use that.  At some point when you know your setting you do some analysis of where your blocks are heading and what fabric you want to use.

We recommend

  • About 40 Fat Quarters. Many Fat Quarter bundles are close to that. When purchasing a bundle look at how many fabrics are in it as some bundles are only 20 fabrics.
  • An option is to add a layer cake from the same line so you have more of each piece or add a few Fat Quarters that work with the bundle
  • 3 yards of a background fabric, more if you feel you might want to use in a lot of the blocks.

FIND the Vibrant Alison Glass bundle on the left HERE

FIND the Brand new Moda line of blue and cream Bundle on the right HERE

Also, many of our designers have fabric lines, so you may want to pick up pieces of their fabric for their blocks!


Personally, I am starting with a bundle, some additional Fat Quarters in the smaller scale prints, and a background I’ll use throughout the quilt. I’m still making my FINAL decision but those prints from Figtree might be the one!

This is an example of  two lines from the same designer that work beautifully together if you want to mix and match.


Scale of Fabric

6″ finished blocks are smaller blocks. If you love large scale prints try cutting a piece of it to a 1.5″ square to see how it looks. The Splendid blocks have many more small pieces that work nicely for smaller scale prints.

But not all the blocks have tiny pieces, so having a mix of scale is nice to give a slash to the larger spaces.

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The perils of ‘fabric going out of print’

Unless you use a basic, many fabrics are printed once and that is it. So if you love the fabric get a bit more just in case. You might need to remake blocks, you might find you have more waste with small scale.  Better to be safe for a year long project.

The nice part about designer lines is that often one line works with the next. So if you need a bit more you can get it from their next line.

A few of The Splendid Sampler I ™ Quilts

Here are a few examples of quilts made by the members of our group from our first book. Fabric selections make such a huge difference, and we wanted you to see how different they can look.

Splendid Sampler Quilt

Kathryn’s Quilt

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Vicki’s Quilt

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Anita’s Quilt

Visit the Gallery for LOTS MORE! Be sure to click the text as many are shared from our facebook group so you can it the full quilt there

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