Here are a few answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Splendid Sampler ™. Through your feedback we will be regularly updating this page.
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I was getting the email notice, now I’m not, what do I do?
- FIRST we recommend you build an email filter so all emails from firstname.lastname@example.org never go to spam.
- If you have been getting the email notices, and all of a sudden you don’t get one. Look in your spam or junk or delete folders. Do a search on email@example.com in ALL your email. If you do not find it contact your service provider to have them help you, Pat can not do that for you. We never remove you from the list.
- The blocks are always at the website, so please go there to get them, we can not email them to you.
When do the Blocks come out?
- The 100 Designer blocks started on Feb 14, 2016 – Last block is Feb 12, 2017
- For the first year we did two blocks a week, on Sunday and the other on Thursday. Timezone is Pat’s United States, Washington DC (est). There is NO set time to release them, just sometime in the morning if all goes well.
- After the last block is published the patterns will now all be in our book.
Are you looking for the downloadable pattern? As from 19th February 2017, they are no longer available at this site. For your convenience, we have placed them all in one comprehensive book which will be available April 2017.
- 100 eye-catching designs from over 80 designers that use a wide range of techniques, including traditional patchwork, applique, foundation paper piecing, and embroidery
- A number of the 6-inch blocks are shown in two colorways for twice the creativity
- Be inspired by gallery quilts featuring carefully selected placement options for your Splendid Sampler blocks
- Bonus blocks projects are not included in the book and can be found here.
- Go to our Block Page for all the latest details on Sewing along with us from our book!
- In May 2017 we will Start sending notices on which block in our book to sew.
What does it cost?
There is no joining fee for the bonus blocks & emails. The patterns are in our book, which is shipping in mid April 2017.
Photo Sharing Issues?
- See THIS tutorial for how to upload your photo to the page
- Or Watch this VIDEO
- Watch this TUTORIAL on how to Resize a photo if it’s too large
When I share a photo at the Public Facebook Group or on the Public Block page, how is it used?
- By Sharing your photo at our Public Facebook Group or on the Public Block Page you are agreeing to allow it to be shared by others on any Social Media platform.
- For any use of a photo by Pat, Jane, or the business partners that is outside of a Social Media Platform, the block owner will be contacted directly.
What are the fabric requirements, block & pattern details I need to know?
- There are no set fabric requirements for making the individual blocks. When making the blocks we found that a 30-35 FQ bundle of an equal mixture of lights / medium and dark fabrics were sufficient to complete the 100 blocks.
- If you want a constant ‘background ‘ to each, we are recommending 2 or more yards.
- Read this article for more details
- All Seam allowances are sewn with the Quilt Standard of 1/4″
- The blocks are FINISHED size 6″ x 6″. That is the Industry standard for how to say what size a block is. We list that at the top under the title.
- The unfinished block when you are done sewing, WITH the 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around it is 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.
- What if I REALLY Love to have the exact list of fabrics and yardage, will you have a detailed supply list for me? – No we are not. But let me give you some guidance that might help you
As we said in the intro, the designers were each given a large bundle of fabrics to pick from .. they all used different ones… added in others… etc. Because of the MASSIVE job it would be to document what was used, we are not.
Look at the photos at the Facebook group you will see LOTS of groups of blocks.. Many people are using a controlled colorway. Since a lot of people have shared their blocks together you can get an idea of how that would look.
Our project is designed to be a journey you take, one block at a time. It is an organic approach to use a group of fabrics that look amazing together, then add to it as you go along. If this still sounds like a project you want to do, then I highly recommend
- looking for a set of blocks in our photos page that appeal to you
- pulling a set of fabrics with those colors, then add to it as you go along.
- Get a BIG piece of background fabric if you want it consistent. I have no clue how much, but if you want that same neutral in ALL your blocks and setting i’d get a lot of yardage just to be safe.
- Find a friend you can sew with and do a buddy system to pick fabric
Do I have to make all 100 blocks?
The Splendid thing about this sampler is you can choose how many blocks you would like to make to complete your project. Throughout the progress of the year different layouts will be posted for inspiration.
Two blocks will be published per week. The advantage of the Splendid Sampler is that you can work at your own pace. There is no rush to finish the blocks within the week.
Do I need to sign up anywhere to join the QAL?
No. Visit this site for bi-weekly block patterns and if you have a FB account, become a member of the FB group to join in discussions and post pictures of your blocks and fabrics. Sign up for Article notifications (HERE) so you know when each is released!
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I have signed up for the newsletter but have not received a response.
If you are not getting notices, please do this before writing me
- is there a new article and it is afternoon my time? then look in your spam.
- Did you JUST sign up? wait until the next article comes out, you might have a timing issue and missed the send
- Do people have the pattern and it’s early morning, then they came to the website, so you can too!
- last resort E-mail Pat. Don’t post at the group as Pat is the only one that can research it. pat (@) patsloan. com
How long with the patterns be available from the official site?
I’m having problems with printing BONUS BLOCKS…..
- FIRST be sure you are using the latest reader from www.adobe.com/ . Also all patterns will have a fraction, if you are not seeing fractions .. 1/2″ 1/4″.. etc.. then you need to use get the latest copy.
- Download the PDF to your computer, then print FROM your computer and not from online, and not from a mobile print driver.
- If you see people made the pattern, then the PDF/Print/Printer/Page issue will be on your end. Sadly, we can not fix the printer issue for you, and won’t be able to answer any emails about it.
However, here are some tips that may help!:1) Be sure to download and save the PDF file to your local computer.2) Only open the PDF file from your computer with Adobe Reader and try to print. If it still won’t print, then:3) Update your Adobe Reader https://get.adobe.com/uk/
reader/ to the latest version.4) Once updated, try again to open the PDF file from your computer.5) For Windows 10– If you use MS Edge browser, save the document to your computer, then find the document and open with MS Reader app or Adobe Reader app. Then print. This has been verified to work fine.6) Or you might need to change devices or call for local technical support.
What Size will the Quilt be?
The finished size depends on the setting you select to use. The blocks are a 6″ x 6″ square. A 10 x 10 setting of 6″ blocks with no sashing and no border is 60″ x 60″.
Two different setting options will be provided during the course of the quilt-a-long. The size of these layouts will be determined by the sashing and border measurements.
Do I have to make the block in the method shown?
The wonderful thing about quilting is there are so many ways to finish a project.
The patterns are written by different designers so they information supplied in each pattern may differ. Some patterns may contain the full scale outline drawing of the blocks, some may not.
Patterns that include embroidery, applique, english paper piecing and paper piecing will have templates and/or full scale outline drawings of the block. If you are hand piecing these blocks, simply trace the sections and add a 1/4″ seam allowance around the sections.
If no outline drawing is supplied, the pattern can be drafted on paper or computer for personal use.
For appliqué you may choose from a variety of techniques to sew the pieces to the background – needle turn, fusible, freezer paper method – so many different techniques. The ‘Techniques Tutorials’ menu has many links to great tutorials to get you started.
What if I don’t subscribe to Facebook?
We Hope to have a feed from the FB official site, at this time it is not working so check back often or just create a Facebook account for quilting!Our Facebook Group is here
What hashtag do I use for all social media?
When I write a Blog Post about this, what should I included?
Use our trademark when referencing the site – The Splendid Sampler™
What information is available from this site?
The official site will contain links to some great tutorials and regular posts with extra hints and tips. For each block post a linky party will be created for members to add their finished blocks.
All user comments and discussions will be conducted through the official FB page and progress pictures from members posted to social media with hashtag #TheSplendidSampler.
A feed from the FB official site is found here for those without a FB account.
There is a newsletter available. Sign up for notices here.
The Instagram community will also be posting images of their finished blocks. Use #TheSplendidSampler to locate the images.
Can we see a picture of the final quilt?
This sampler is a mystery sampler. The blocks will be revealed twice a week and the final quilt will be published when all the blocks have been posted.
How do I contact Pat and Jane?
If you have a query about the Splendid Sampler or want to leave a link to a great tutorial on one of the techniques used in the quilt, you can fill in the contact form found by clicking on the ‘Contact’ heading on the main menu.
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