Splendid Sampler blocks and a few favorite rulers

Happy Wednesday friends!  After finishing up a few big projects, it’s always nice to have something small (and ongoing) to work on such as the Splendid Sampler blocks.  The last block, #100, was published last week and it’s one of my favorites.  It was designed by Kate Spain and it’s called “Centered”.  I love the detailed piecing and how it draws your eye to the center of the block.  I took a picture of the first Splendid Sampler block and the last one together; it makes me happy.

Splendid Sampler blocks 1 and 100 by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


I still have more Splendid blocks to make, but I like having a small ongoing project that I can pick up from time to time to fill in the gaps.    The majority of my finished blocks are shown below.  I’ve made a few more since then.  It’s time to take another group photo!

Splendid Sampler blocks by Julie Cefalu


Are you making the Splendid Sampler blocks, too?  You should take a look at the link up on the main website and see all of the beautiful quilts that are already coming together.  It’s an amazing thing.  You can also find out about the upcoming release of The Splendid Sampler: 100 Spectacular Blocks from a Community of Quilters  which will have all of the patterns and bonus blocks included.

I also finished a block from last year’s Sugar Block Club and have put all of the blocks together.  I thought I would share some of my favorite rulers for piecing those tricky units that we run into from time to time.

The pattern for this block included paper piecing which I try to avoid when possible.  So, I used one of my favorite rulers by Quilt in a Day, the Triangle in a Square Ruler.  I love to oversize units like this and then trim them down to perfection.


The other unit in this block are flying geese units.  Those were made using two corner squares on a base rectangle.  I have a Bloc Loc ruler for flying geese that I use just to check for size and trim if necessary.  The ruler comes with instructions for oversizing this unit as well, but I didn’t think to do that ahead of time.




Instead of making all of the blocks in the Sugar Block sampler, I chose to omit the paper pieced ones.  Instead, I made four of the Dresden blocks and put them in all four corners of the quilt.  I’m staying with the Dresden trend, guys!  The photo below was taken before the two side borders were added, but I had to dodge the rain for the picture.

Sugar Block Sampler 2016 by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


I put the blocks together with simple sashing and cornerstones that are made up of square-in-a-square units.  I love this Tucker Square2 ruler from Studio 180 Designs.  It makes sewing and trimming these units easy and perfect.  This one ruler allows you to do multiple sizes.


There are many more rulers in my toolbox that I love, but that’s enough for one day.  You know there’s at least two rulers for everything and I probably have most of them!

I hope you’re having a fabulous week!




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  1. I can’t LIVE without my bloc loc rulers! I have the flying geese ruler and the half square triangle (3 pack) rulers. OMG, they changed my quilts. I’m now about as accurate as you can get! If you don’t own those rulers, you should!!! My friends borrow them (and they have to sign in blood for them – just kidding) and they have to return them- or I track them down. That’s how much I need and love these rulers!

  2. I have finished all 100 blocks of the Splendid sampler. Mine is a real scrappy quilt. Julie, I am thinking of doing the quilt as you go method but have never done it. Is there a good website to explain this method? I have checked YouTube and there are so many different ways to do it I just don’t know which one would be the best. Have you ever done this QAYG? I am planning on a 1″ finished sashing with a cornerstone in between each block. I need to start my Sugar blocks and now I am inspired after looking at your pictures. I am using the same fabric but unlike you, I do like paper piecing but your Dresdens are awesome in the corners! Your quilt is stunning as usual. You mentioned rain… have you been affected by the torrential rain in your state? The pictures on the news are so sad to watch.

  3. I did complete the 100 blocks from the Splendid Sampler. Starting to dash the blocks. I like the setting you used for the Sugar Block Club from last year. Do you have a pattern for the setting?

  4. Julie I love the 100 days sampler blocks! I signed up for the mailings, but not have made any. Thanks for the inspiration. Also thank you for the info re the rulers. I need help making my blocks more perfect. Maybe a more appropriate ruler will help!

  5. Love your quilt and the fabric line !! Esp the Dresden corners. I’ve been wanting to make a Dresden quilt too (on my list ) but have made a pillow so far! We love them small projects I have the quilt in a day flying geese ruler – a few but the square in square sounds like an investment I’ll have to look more into !!

    I wanted to ask a question. I’ve done some stencilig recently on mini quilts (yeah!) When I quil I follow the lines with a walking or appliqué foot. When you quilt do you freemotion quilt or follow the stencil marks. Curious ! I know my quilting looked good ! Thanks for sharing the stencil info last year too!!!

  6. I love your Sugar Block Sampler Quilt! The Quilt In A Day Rulers are my favorite — I had the QIAD flying geese rulers before Bloc Loc were introduced and couldn’t justify spending money on more flying geese rulers. Thanks for the inspiration!

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