I cannot remember where I first read about the project, but I am so glad I discovered The Splendid Sampler. It's a year long mystery quilt project of 100 6" blocks, using pretty much every quilting technique out there and featuring over 80 designers. We're twelve blocks in and I've already improved my piecing so much -- cramming 40+ pieces into one little square will do that to you.
When I started, I decided to only use Cotton & Steel Basics -- I have the whole rainbow available to me and I love graphic prints. It is, however, a bit challenging to only have four prints (x, web, sprinkle, diagonal dots). Hopefully it will all balance out in the end and still look like a neat sampler quilt.
New blocks are released on Sunday and Thursday, usually by noon. But sometimes they show up in the middle of the night! So on Saturday and Wednesday nights, my phone is by my bed. That way if Paul wakes up at 3 a.m. desperate for some milk, I can just check really quickly if the block is up. Several times I've been pleasantly surprised and get to drift back to sleep with color choices swirling through my head.
This has also been motivating me to get back to some of my other quilting projects that I'd started or bought in a fit of thinking that purchasing fabric would magically generate time to use it. In the weeks to come I should have a parade of finished quilts if I keep this up. I post all of the blocks over on instagram, along with my other quilting and embroidery projects. Find me over there -- I'm allthisbyhand.