The Sampler Series ... a.k.a. practice, practice, practice
I hadn't considered making a sampler series until recently - I do spend many hours practising skills and techniques and am in awe of those people who naturally just "do it" or for whom such things as packet cake mix and machine applique come naturally. Not so for me. I have had some tuition from one of the Retreat Goddesses and now faithfully practice with different fabric, threads, stitch length, tension etc ... and record each of these so that when it finally is a "wooo hooo" moment I can make that experience last a whole lot longer. Well that's the plan. I have abandoned any and all hope of ever being able to make a packet cake mix, and I can live with that.