Today we are looking at Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts: The True Story Behind the Quilt, 140 Traditional Blocks by Jennifer Chiaverini. Yep, this is another one that has been around awhile. Here is the Amazon Associate link – please note that it is also available for Kindle.
If you’ve read the Elm Creek Quilts books, you know the history of this quilt. The Elm Creek Quilter’s recruit people from Sylvia’s life to create 6 X 6″ (finished) blocks for a wedding quilt for Sylvia Compson. Obviously, that is a fictional quilt. In the introduction to this book, Jennifer Chiaverini (author of the Elm Creek Quilts books) describes how the real quilt came to be. There is at least one Pinterest board with examples of this quilt. A Pinterest search brings up even more examples.
The sections in this book are:
- The Blocks (diagrams of how to make each of the 140 blocks)
- General Instructions (for how to put this quilt together, not for how to make a quilt)
- The Gallery
- Template and Foundation Patterns
- Block Index
- About the Author
Since I am not an expert quilter (and I think 6 inch blocks are easier to deal with than 4 inch blocks!), I’m pretty sure that I’m more likely to make one of these than to make a Dear Jane quilt. I also think I like the quilts with these blocks set on point with lots of white sashing. (Yes, maybe I am planning to make one since I’m giving it so much thought. Sigh.)
Anyway, if you are attracted to quilts like the Dear Jane, this is definitely one you should check out.