Jacquelynne Steves

My Splendid Sampler Block- Little Things!


Friends, it’s finally my turn to show you my Splendid Sampler block! I designed this almost a year ago and then had to wait to show it to you, but the day is finally here :) My block is number 76.

My block is called Little Things. You know how I have a thing for tea cups!



I constantly have to tell myself to slow down and relax, to take time to enjoy little things. Whether it be noticing a flower on the side of the path, or a bird singing in the garden, or simply enjoying a leisurely cup of tea while savoring a favorite magazine, it’s noticing and appreciating the little things that make life worthwhile. Yes- it is the accumulation of those beautiful little moments that build a happy life!


I thought it would be fun to make a mug rug with the pattern! Isn’t this the perfect little mat for your cup of tea, coffee, or hot cocoa? And there’s room for a few cookies, too.


To make this, follow the basic block pattern, but cut 24 of the little squares and make 24 of the hourglass blocks- I used 12 different fabrics, 2 squares each. (For a tutorial for trimming hourglass blocks, please click here.) I also pressed all of my seams open, because there are so many seams and I wanted it to lay flatter. To quilt it, I did a free motion “loopy” design for the hourglass blocks, and used my walking foot to stitch in the ditch around the teacup square, and then made a border about 1/4″ from the seam.


Here are some blocks that other Splendid Sampler designers have made:


I designed a Splendid Sampler “bonus” block a few months ago, too. Do you remember Summer Flip Floppin’? There was some debate over whether this featured footwear should be called “flip flops” or “thongs”! What do you call them?


Have you heard about our Free Block of the Month, called Maggie’s First Dance? The FREE pattern has options for just piecing, applique, or embroidery- you choose your favorite technique! SORRY- THIS EVENT IS NOW OVER. Sign up in the box below for my email list, so you find out about our next Free Block of the Month (coming soon!)



We’re almost done, but there’s still time to get your patterns! Click here to get more information and sign up, or simply fill in the box at the bottom of this post, and get the patterns delivered to your email! Next week on November 7, we will be sending out the border instructions and having a great giveaway.

PLUS, at the end of the month we will be doing a wrap up with a HUGE grand prize giveaway (retail value $140)- so don’t miss it! But hurry, because the patterns will no longer be free after November 30. Here is the Grand Prize to be given away at the end of November:





  • Posted November 3, 2016 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Thank you for being part of our sew along!!!!!

  • Holly Nielson
    Posted November 3, 2016 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    I love it! It is darling! :)

  • Karen
    Posted November 3, 2016 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Well I just love your stuff! An everyone who sees me sewing your project love them too!?

  • Joan
    Posted November 3, 2016 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Cute, cute, cute! Thank you!!!

  • Posted November 3, 2016 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    So cute. I was just thinking about making a mug rug for my coffee-aholic brother. This will be perfect! Lovely block.

  • Cynthia
    Posted November 3, 2016 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    I like all of you patterns. They all make me smile .
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Kerry
    Posted November 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Oooooooh, I love it & will be making a mug-rug of table runner using the adorable cup block, Thank you! :-)

  • Janet Ward
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    I love your “Little Things” Tea cup design… reminds me of my tea cups that I did from your patterns more than a year ago. Love it. Thanks so much for your foods recipe, there are actually a couple I want to try. The Ginger Tart is one of them… yumm ?….
    Thanks for being a part of the Splendid Designers!?

  • Pam Foster
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    Love your little things block, love all your work and a big thank you for everything that you share.?

  • Ruth
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    Thank you for a very cute block for the Splendid Sampler. I plan on making some placemats with your pattern now that I’ve seen your mug rug. Great inspiration!

  • Annie Perry
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Your block is so delightful, as I write I’m sipping my morning cuppa☕️, maybe I will start with yours and work backwards to catch up….thank you so much for sharing your talent! :) Have a beautiful day fillled with warmth, sunshine and surrounded by love!???

  • Melba
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the newsletters filled with wonderful ideas. You are so generous to share your patterns and designs with all of us. I hope your life is filled with blessings from the Lord.

  • Anna Shetler
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    I love all the things you have put out and will have to make this but it will have to wait for my return from Disney. Can’t wait to make it. Thanks again for sharing so much.

    Posted November 4, 2016 at 12:22 pm | Permalink


  • nancy seitz
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the mug rug idea which is perfect for DDIL. I am doing for family and couldn’t figure what to do for her.

  • Trish O'Keeffe
    Posted November 8, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jacquelynne,

    I just love this little block. Me toooooo, do to much, and my tea break is my time.

    Thanks for everything you share with us. I so appreciate your ideas, and the time it takes to share with us.

    Keep the ideas coming. Many thanks!

  • Anita Barton
    Posted January 25, 2017 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Is your bonus block Flip Flops in the book? I’m so excited to get started. Mug rug on schedule this week. thank you.

    • Posted January 25, 2017 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      Hi Anita- the Flip Floppin’ block will not appear in the book, just on the Splendid Sampler website.

  • Cheryl Lea
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    So cute!

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