Quilting · The Splendid Sampler

Splendid Sampler book party (and a winner from the last post)

At long last, the Splendid Sampler book is here! I was so honored to be included in this fun event and can’t wait to SEW THE BOOK! Here’s a peek at my block.


To celebrate the release, Martingale is hosting a fun Q&A with Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. Hop on over to their blog to read all about it & for a chance to win  some amazing prizes.

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Winners, winners . . .

Thanks so much to everyone for taking part in the Top of the Hill celebration. Wasn’t it fun?

I know you’re all anxious to hear, so let’s get right to the winners. I’ve message you all in response to your post. If this is you, email me with your shipping address so I can get your prize on the way!

The winner of my pattern set is:

My favorite color is purple.

Sarah J Pattern Set

The winner of my Revved Up Retro fat quarter bundle is:


my favorite colors are the colors of the sea, the sky, the beach, the seagulls, the sea grasses, tide pools, foamy white ocean waves, the gray of the sand, the rocks, the colors of shells.
~ I love the teals and blues, turquoise and aqua colors that say beach! I grew up on the ocean, beach, coast, so I am always trying to get back home.
And I love your Nora.. she is lovely:)


Revved Up Retro fat quarters

The winner of my Harvest Cozies fat quarter bundle from following me on Instagram is: “BRTOWSLEY”.

Harvest Cozies fat quarters

The winner of my Cozies fat quarter bundle from  liking my Designs by Sarah J Facebook page is:

Nicole R who posted “Happy to join your page!! =o)”

Cozies flannels fat quarters

The winner of Pat Sloan’s Hometown Girl fat quarter bundle is:

I follow you on Instagram

Who commented on my blog & follows on Instagram.


Hometown Girl fat quarter bundle

Thanks so much to all of you for participating.  I’ll be back in a day or two with details about my new fabric line & a NEW GIVEAWAY!


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Top of the Hill!

Yay, you’ve done it! You’ve made it to the halfway point of the Splendid Sampler journey.

Our fearless leaders, Pat  & Jane have prepared a really special celebration for all of us to commemorate this milestone.

Join us in making the bonus Top of the Hill block. Here’s my version.


Be sure to check out all the designers participating in the milestone celebration. There will be a new list posted each day between now and August 6.

There are some pretty amazing things happening on each designers’ post, including giveways, freebies & more.

Be sure to come back & visit me on August 6. I’ll have my own celebration going on that day with some big surprises.

Happy Splendid Sampler!


Quilting · The Splendid Sampler

My Splendid Sampler block

Welcome to my day on the Splendid Sampler journey. I’m so happy to be part of this incredible adventure with Pat Sloan, Jane Shallala Davidson and all of you!

My block is all about using the most fabrics possible . . .  and pinwheels! Get the pattern now on the Splendid Sampler page.

Like so many of you, I LOVE fabric . . . all types, all colors, prints, plaids, batiks. With so much fabric and so little time, what’s a girl to do?


Early on, I decided that using as many fabrics as possible in each quilt would be one to way to actually use a little bit of everything I love in my lifetime. I incorporated that philosophy in my Splendid Sampler block.

Twirl Time is my take on a pinwheel with the bonus that you don’t have a gazillion seams coming together in the center of the block. The story accompanying my block reveals that as a self-taught quilter I wasn’t aware that all those points and seams coming together should be scary so one of my first quilts was a classic double pinwheel.

My message to you, is dive in! Make a block. Don’t worry about perfection. Enjoy the journey.

My Twirl Time, uses a different fabric in each piece which let me use 20 different fabrics in this one 6″ block. Here’s how I grouped things:

Yummy, coral-y pinks & reds and blues are the main colors for my block.


Dark greys in the corners and backgrounds in an assortment of light grey, low volume prints bring it all together.

My block is really easy. You use the classic, “cut, draw, stitch, flip” technique to piece those triangles.

You’ll get units like this:


Which all go together to make  . . . Twirl Time!


I can’t wait to see your version of my block. Will you use 20 fabrics like I did or will you use 4 or will it be somewhere in between? Follow my blog here, follow me on Instagram at sjmax105 or find me on Facebook at Designs by Sarah J. My new fabric line is debuting August 1, & I have some fun new projects coming for Quilt Market that I’ll be sharing.

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Friends Around the Square

Just a quick post to share my version of Friends Around the Square, Block 8 in the Splendid Sampler journey.



This block is one of the quick ones and you can definitely play with color arrangement to get special effects with all the triangle options.

If you haven’t started your own Splendid Sampler yet, never fear. Lots of us aren’t caught up & we’d love to have you join in the journey.

See the blocks that have been published so far here.

Which has been your favorite so far?

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The Splendid Sampler

By now you’ve no doubt seen all the posts about 2016’s biggest quilting event . . . The Splendid Sampler. Created by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, this will be a year=long adventure of learning new things, discovering new designers & creating a fabulous quilt.

The Splendid Sampler Sew Along big button

If you haven’t signed up to follow along, go do that right now! I’ll wait.

I sent off my finished block weeks ago & it will debut later this year.

But, starting February 14, I’ll be sewing along with many of the other designers and many of you.

When I first talked to Pat & Jane about sewing along, I told them I wanted to do something fresh & fun. I was so excited when I opened my mail one day & found this:


Anyone that follows my design work in magazines or my books or patterns knows that I’m a firm believer in “why use one fabric, when you can use fifty?” While I love a coordinated bundle as much as the next guy or gal, what I love even more is pulling out fabrics from several bundles & seeing how they play together.

So, I untied those bundles (Isn’t that always the most painful part?) and started laying fat quarters out on my table.

From Serenity, I pulled these:


From Aria, these prints made my cut:


And, from Behind the Scenes, I went with this group:


So these are my starting fabrics. I’ll start making blocks soon & will post throughout the event.

Can’t wait to see what everyone else is using!