Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts

Sylvia's Bridal Sampler is a 140 block sampler quilt quilt made by the characters in a novel, The Master Quilter, the sixth in the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini. In the story, the friends of Elm Creek Quilts founder Sylvia Bergstrom Compson secretly plan to make her a special quilt to celebrate her wedding. They ask all of her many friends, colleagues, and former students to contribute a block that represents what Sylvia means to them. That is why many of the sampler's blocks have a marriage theme, but others focus on friendship and others have meanings known only to their makers.

Jennifer Chiaverini and 72 of her real-life friends and fans contributed 140 blocks to this beautiful sampler quilt that became Sylvia Bergstrom Compson's wedding gift in The Master Quilter. Instructions for five of the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks appeared in Jennifer's second pattern book, Return to Elm Creek, but there was not enough room to include all 140 of the blocks. When Jennifer's fans requested more of the patterns, Jennifer was inspired to create the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blog. Eventually she posted all 140 patterns, and quilters from around the world began making blocks of their own and sending in pictures of their completed blocks and quilts in progress, which can be seen in the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Gallery. Now the community has expanded to include a mailing list and block exchanges, with more quilters from around the world joining in every day. 


Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Mailing List

Click here to sign up for the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler mailing list and join in the discussion of the 140-block sampler that became an international phenomenon. List members are invited to share quilting tips and support one another as they work on their own versions of this beautiful sampler quilt. Block of the Week challenges are announced every Monday morning to help you keep on track. Discussion of the Elm Creek Quilts novels and other works by author, quilter, and designer Jennifer Chiaverini is also welcome.

C&T Errata Page

Sometimes mistakes slip past even the best of editors! Please visit the C&T errata page for corrections to the first through fourth editions of  Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts. For additional help with particular blocks, Block of the Week challenges, encouragement, and friendship, you're invited to join the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler mailing list.

Reader Quilts

A collection of Sylvia’s Bridal Samplers made by talented quilters from around the world.
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Linda Long Kay Dejno Kay Dejno, Detail Rita Visscher Anne Ida Røkeness’s Blue and White Swap Sampler Karin Siemes Kay Spors Fran Threewit Elni Langeveld's Brown-and-Blue Swap Quilt Hester Huisman Karen Hallman’s Blue & White Swap Quilt Karen Hallman’s Blue & White Swap Quilt, Back Karen Hallman Cathie Hodge Cathie Hodge Donna Farley Mary Crowther Lynn Wilson Lou Jane Gatford’s “Sarah’s Choice” Swap Quilt Connie Boulay Marilyn Jewell Simone de Haan Cobie de Haas, Barbara Jennekens Valerie Langue’s Blue & White Swap Quilt Anne Ida Røkeness, Norway Anne Ida Røkeness, Norway Annelies van den Bergh Joan Sheridan’s Blue & White Swap Quilt Detail of Joan Sheridan’s Blue & White Swap Quilt A Gift for Treasa Hamilton Tanya Anderson's Sampler made in Trisha Chubbs Elise Fare Elise Fare and Jennifer Chiaverini in Jacksonville. Caroline Van Maele Susy Parrott A quilt Caroline van Maele made for her friend Christine Cathie Hodge, Australia Mary LeClerc Debbie E Sylvias Bridal Sampler finished Theresa Simons Ingrid van der Haarst Lou Jane Gatford’s Blue & White Swap Sampler Lou Jane Gatford’s Blue & White Swap Sampler A Blue & White Swap quilt made by Asa Holmer, Sweden mibjornemyr Shelley Stevens’s quilt from the first SBS Swap Cindy DeWulf’s Sampler Linda Starkey, Denver CO Cherie Brown SBS 2007 Swap Quilt Carol Huddy Micki Butler Dot Colna SBS Quilt top Dot Colna Fran Threewit’s Blue & White Swap Quilt Susy Parrett 2 Susy Parrett 3 2893198990101684001uxloSO_fs Tanya Anderson Kathy Havelka 1 Krista Yokum’s Red & White Swap Sampler Elin Torvik Grov, Norway

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