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Sep 15

Books on Monday – Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler

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:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Blocks (diagrams of how to make each of the 140 blocks)
  3. General Instructions (for how to put this quilt together, not for how to make a quilt)
  4. The Gallery
  5. Template and Foundation Patterns
  6. Block Index
  7. 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.

Quilt on!

3 comments

  1. Sandi Colwell

    I am a huge fan of the Elm Creek series. I also really enjoyed Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. I think it was one of my all time favorite books.

  2. Terje

    I am about 80 blocks into my Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler quilt. I started it before I started my Dear Jane quilt. You are right about the 6-inch blocks being a nice training step before diving into the smaller Dear Jane blocks. I am a member of a SBS Yahoo online group where we strive to complete one block each week. I have kept up pretty well and it has been a mice encouragement for me on weeks where I might otherwise have lost my momentum. I am also working on a Loyal Union Sampler, also an Elm Creek Series project and it has been equally fun. Setting on point? Great idea.

  3. Kati R.

    I also love the Elm Creek series, and was actually thinking about the same to make the blocks in a bigger size. How are you doing in the applique department? 🙂 I signed up to the hand applique class on Craftsy… Wanna join? 🙂

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