This week we are looking at Wildflower Sampler by Lynda Milligan and Nancy Smith. Below is an Amazon Affiliate link to the book. Since it was published in 2007, it is only available through third party sellers.
From the title, this book sounds like an entire book that produces one quilt, but it really isn’t. Yes, the focus of this book is the sampler quilt, but there are other quilt patterns included utilizing the pieced blocks. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
The Wildflower Sampler is a quilt that is a pieced and appliqué quilt. You know that I love the look of the two together. It started as a block of the month program. There are fourteen 12″ pieced blocks, an appliqué medallion center and appliqué borders. The book assumes the reader knows how to piece and appliqué a quilt, so there are no general directions on how to make a quilt. There is also no introduction or author description or any of the other stuff you usually see in books. This one gets right to the pattern.
The first part of the book gives the directions for the center medallion (although the appliqué part is not really detailed at this point) and the sampler blocks and sashing. The appliqué borders are not shown until the end of the book with the appliqué patterns. You kind of have to look through the whole book to make the cover quilt, but that quilt is not the only quilt in the book.
Following the first directions are the directions for the Wildflower Pillow Sham, which is very pretty. Then there are patterns for eleven other projects. The last part of the book contains outlines of the appliqué pieces and the layout for the medallion and borders.
I like several of the projects in this book, but I have not yet tried any of them. I’ll let you know when I do.