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Cuilteanna 04-03-2011 04:18 AM

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Over a year ago I decided to make a Sylvia's Bridal Sampler quilt from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini.

I've regretted that decision regularly, since I am a one-at-a-time quilter. That's why it earned its name, as many times in the last year I've said I would love to work on (whatever new project attracted me) except that "I have to finish that Stupid Sylvia quilt".

But finally I can call it DONE and move on to something smaller, easier, and a lot more fun. So why am I even glancing at the Dear Jane book??!

Murphy 04-03-2011 04:20 AM

OMG, this is an awesome quilt. Stupid it isn't; gorgeous it is. Thank you for sharing.

lynnsim 04-03-2011 04:23 AM

Your quilt is beautiful! It looks like you spent a lot of time creating it.

frauhahn 04-03-2011 04:23 AM

Wow! This was worth the aggravation, now, wasn't it?!!

Monstookie 04-03-2011 04:24 AM

I bow to your "sticktoitive" (is that a real word) laugh.

The quilt is beautiful, well done.

KarenR 04-03-2011 04:25 AM

LOVE IT!

fixfido 04-03-2011 04:26 AM

Phenomenal! Congratulations on finishing one ENORMOUS project!

mommamac 04-03-2011 04:30 AM

that's a masterpiece! You must have willpower up the kazoo - I can't imagine having the self discipline to work on only one project for that length of time. Give yourself a big pat on the back!

MTS 04-03-2011 04:32 AM


Originally Posted by Cuilteanna
So why am I even glancing at the Dear Jane book??!

'Cause you're a masochist? ;-) ;-) ;-)

The quilt is fabulous, and clearly was a lot of work. I'm a huge fan of simple, solid, wide borders - it really makes teh viewer focus in on the blocks and frames them beautifully.

What's the finished size of the blocks?

dream56 04-03-2011 04:32 AM

OMG - I think I would have quit quilting by now if I would start something like that.
It is gorgeous. Wonderful job.

patty48 04-03-2011 04:34 AM

Wow, I would have never tackled that. Great job

sueisallaboutquilts 04-03-2011 04:46 AM

Could you PLEASE re-name it Sensational Sylvia now that it's finished!!! :D:D
Absolutely stunning!!!!!!!! Oh, that's another word you could use lol

Cuilteanna 04-03-2011 04:49 AM


Originally Posted by MTS

Originally Posted by Cuilteanna
So why am I even glancing at the Dear Jane book??!

'Cause you're a masochist? ;-) ;-) ;-)

The quilt is fabulous, and clearly was a lot of work. I'm a huge fan of simple, solid, wide borders - it really makes teh viewer focus in on the blocks and frames them beautifully.

What's the finished size of the blocks?

The blocks finish at 6 inches. My borders are really a dark batik, though they show as black. It is meant to have multiple borders, but I decided to skip that part, LOL.

tealfalcon 04-03-2011 04:50 AM

Wow that's beautiful....and bravo for sticking to one project

Mariposa 04-03-2011 04:51 AM

Fabulous quilt! Your Sylvia is beautiful! I like your use of colors too! :)

litacats 04-03-2011 04:52 AM


Originally Posted by Murphy
OMG, this is an awesome quilt. Stupid it isn't; gorgeous it is. Thank you for sharing.

I agree wholeheartedly but what a lot of work my goodness I can see why you could get frustrated with it, but oh it was worth the effort WELL DONE

MDMPanther 04-03-2011 04:58 AM

It's beautiful and inspiring!! Thanks for being an example of perseverance!! :)

spartan quilter 04-03-2011 05:01 AM

What a stunning quilt. I admire the willpower to stick to one project. Great job.

BeeNana 04-03-2011 05:09 AM

I am so in awe of your tremendous
and labor intensive project. What
an accomplishment. I had a good
laugh when your next words were
Dear Jane........you need a break.
Truly magnificent.

juliea9967 04-03-2011 05:17 AM

The trip may have been harrowing, but the end result is something you can be very proud of.

babyboomerquilter 04-03-2011 05:19 AM

A fantastic quilt, not even stupid,just beautiful!

mollymct 04-03-2011 05:20 AM

Wow! Congratulations!! What a wonderful accomplishment. The blocks are fascinating!! Look away from Jane for a while!! Lol.

thequilterslink 04-03-2011 05:20 AM

WOW, awesome, it would be my 20 yr quilt lol. Congrats on a job well done, It is beautiful!

okiepastor 04-03-2011 05:22 AM

I vote for STUNNING Sylvia as well!

feffertim 04-03-2011 05:26 AM

That is amazing

katyquilter 04-03-2011 05:28 AM

It's wonderful. You have a lot more stamina than I do!!

Quilter7x 04-03-2011 05:28 AM


Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
Could you PLEASE re-name it Sensational Sylvia now that it's finished!!! :D:D
Absolutely stunning!!!!!!!! Oh, that's another word you could use lol


Originally Posted by okiepastor
I vote for STUNNING Sylvia as well!

Sensational Sylvia, Stunning Sylvia, Spectacular Sylvia - they are all better names for your beautiful quilt. Pat yourself on the back, you did a great job! :thumbup:

sidmona 04-03-2011 05:29 AM

beautiful quilt - it does look like it would require a great deal of time to finish it.

Calzo 04-03-2011 05:32 AM

It is really pretty, worth all of the time you put into it.

debcavan 04-03-2011 05:33 AM

Oh is it gorgeous. But my heavens what a project. I understand calling it stupid sylvia. Every two to three years I do something challenging. But I only pieced for a little over a month and was complaining. Ok I was also getting aquainted with my new ripping too. After doing this you know you can do anything you set your mind to. Congrats

DogHouseMom 04-03-2011 05:40 AM


Originally Posted by Cuilteanna
So why am I even glancing at the Dear Jane book??!

Because if your like me, you love working with small pieces and you love a challenge! The feeling of accomplishment when a piece like this is done is grand indeed.

BTW- my first introduction to "Dear Jane" was a quilt I saw at the International show in Chicago a few years ago and like you, she had a love/hate relationship with the quilt and named it "No Pain, No Jane".

Your Stupid Sylvia quilt is awesome!! Beautiful work, lovely fabric choices.

Keep going. I see Jane, Omigosh, and Farmers Wife in your future!!

DogHouseMom 04-03-2011 05:42 AM


Originally Posted by katyquilter
It's wonderful. You have a lot more stamina than I do!!

Hmmm ... here's a new name. "Stamina for Sylvia"

DebraK 04-03-2011 07:16 AM

Should be stupendous Sylvia. So beautiful.

craftyone27 04-03-2011 07:18 AM

That is one beautiful sampler quilt!! I think you might need to consider a namechange when you have a little more distance from the project- it's fabulous!

Summer Spice 04-03-2011 07:22 AM

You are to be commended!! This is truly a work of art, so many designs included. Wonderful job and thanks for sharing.

loishe 04-03-2011 07:28 AM

Wow! Is all I can say! Beautiful, awesome!

clynns 04-03-2011 07:31 AM

To do something so tedious is truely a labor of love. Beautiful job.

SandyinZ4 04-03-2011 07:33 AM

Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. I know how you feel. I did that on a Totally Tubular quilt and as I was endlessly working on it, it somehow got renamed 'The quilt from H - - -". I even included the nickname on the label when I was finished but amazingly it looked good when done. Yours is spectacular though and now you know you can do anything! :-)

thequilteddove 04-03-2011 07:34 AM

It's gorgeous!

Step away from the Dear Jane book. lol

Aimee G 04-03-2011 07:37 AM

Awesome! I completely understand why you're calling it Stupid Sylvia. Working on 6" blocks right now & I can't even say what I'm calling it in my head. You're quilt is gorgeous :)


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