Splendid Sampler Quilt Blocks Update

Free 6 inch Quilt Block Patterns

Hello quilting friends new and old! Today in honor of the half-way point of the Splendid Sampler, I’m sharing the blocks I’ve completed so far.


If you’re new to hearing about The Splendid Sampler it is a year-long quilt-along hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. Each week they will provide 2 new 6″ x 6″ quilt blocks, designed by dozens of different designers. You can read more about the Splendid Sampler here as well as visit the Splendid Sampler Facebook Group to see all the fun that’s been going on.

I was asked to contribute a block and you can see the pattern for the block I designed here.

Splendid Sampler Block 50

This week the Splendid Sampler is celebrating the half-way point – Block 50 is this block called Flights of Fancy designed by Joanna Figueroa.

I chose to use the Splendid Sampler as a way to learn and try new things as well as play with new and different color and fabric combinations outside my comfort zone. I haven’t completed all of the blocks, but I’ve really enjoyed each one I’ve made so far and I’m excited to make more – including ones I’ve missed already. And I’m LOVING the direction this collection of blocks is heading!

Splendid Sampler Blocks Amy Smart

When my block came out, I had someone write to me who was feeling really frustrated by the paper-piecing aspect of that block to the point where she was hating it. I felt SO bad for her having a miserable experience with a quilt block and at the same time I could relate. I bet some of you can relate too! It gave me something to think about as I wanted to respond with encouragement and perspective. Since some of you may feel this way about a particular block or technique, I thought I’d share part of what I wrote:

“Don’t let this journey get you frustrated. One thing I’ve decided about quilting is that it’s my thing for fun, not stress. If the project is just for fun and there’s something stressful involved, I choose not to do it. There are lots of aspects of quilting that I really enjoy and there are lots of things I don’t do because I either don’t enjoy that part or I don’t have time at this moment to practice. I’m not making all of the Splendid Sampler blocks for that reason. Quilting is my relaxation, not a burden. There’s enough frustration in real life, why add it where it’s unnecessary? Also, there’s no quilt/Splendid Sampler police or jury. You’re the boss of your own quilt. Pat and Jane are offering this opportunity for fun and growth, not to make you feel discouraged”

Free Quilt Block Patterns

So if there’s technique or block that just isn’t your thing, don’t feel bad! Remember this is for fun. And even challenging things can be fun when you relax and let go of the fear of failing. I also love Pat’s reminders about The Splendid Way to Do Things. Puts it all in perspective!

Free Quilt block pattern

I have a couple of things to share today. First, here is an additional free pattern for a patchwork 6″ x 6″ block called Rosepark. I added it to my patchwork Splendid Sampler blocks. 🙂 You can find the pattern here.

Amy Smart Basket Blocks pattern

I have another new free pattern to share: This Modern Basket Pattern I made for Quilt Market this spring is available from Craftsy. MODERN BASKET PATTERN FOUND HERE.

Amy Smart Craftsy Class Pre-cuts

And if you’re looking for a bunch of quick quilt patterns using precuts, I’m offering 50% off my new Craftsy Class: Pre-Cuts Short-Cuts: Quilt Tops is Less Time.  You can see all the quilts and projects in this class here.

Thanks so much for stopping by – especially if you’re visiting from the Splendid Sampler! Happy sewing for the next 50 blocks and remember, this is for fun! 😉

Giveaways! Visit the Splendid Sampler today for links to other designers sharing fun stuff including a Moda Fat Quarter Bundle giveaway from Pat Sloan and thread giveaway from Aurifil!

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  • Reply
    amy holmes
    August 5, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I love the blocks and colors you are using. Thank you for the block downloads.

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    Katie Dunn Clark
    August 5, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your blocks and your advice!! I am having a splendid journey!

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    Gwen Wehner
    August 5, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Love your Goose on the Loose block! I’ve also made Rose Park too! Thanks!

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    Linda Williamson
    August 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for the bonus block. I took your class on craftsy and loved it.

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    August 5, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Love your blocks!

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    August 6, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Love your advice! I’m not doing all the blocks- mostly just the piecing ones. I am trying a few appliqué. Quilting is supposed to be fun. I recently donated some fabrics I no longer love- my taste has evolved- and it was so freeing!

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    August 6, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Thanks Amy! I’ve had a similar philosophy on learning all of these new things with HR SS. I’m not great at appliqué, but I still try it with each new block. I have fallen in love with paper piecing though! Thanks for sharing your talent and encouragement!

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    August 6, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks for the bonus block!

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    Sandra B
    August 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Love all of your blocks, Amy! And your fabric choices are great!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    August 8, 2016 at 1:20 am

    You know, I was actually a bit disappointed when your block came out because I thought it would be piecing and I was ready to make it as soon as it was coming out.
    But it was your block and even if I never did paper piecing before I was glad I could make your block. I told myself: “One day I will learn it”
    I watched Alyssa thomas’ video about your paper piecing block and tried the Scrappy Heart by Christa Watson (because it was only one piece, it felt easier for me) and I did it! First time is the charm! Now that I’ve also made Pencils next one is yours 🙂 Just need to pick fabrics… decisions decisions decisions!

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