Making the Lancaster Diamond Sampler: A 19th Century Quilt Design by Fanny's Friend

Ann Parsons Holte

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The Lancaster Diamond Sampler was made by one anonymous person, referred to as "Fanny's friend." Fanny S. Bucher and her friend were sharing fabric and block designs as they made their unique diamond-shaped blocks into sampler quilts – quilts meant for teaching and learning the craft. As you follow along with Fanny's friend, learn – or re-learn – the skills needed for making your own quilt. Supplemented by over 500 instructional images and diagrams of quilts, blocks, and needlework, the basics of fabric selection, grain, placement, and seaming are demonstrated. You will see Fanny's friend's skills develop along with your own – from simple piecing to the elements of patchwork, complex miniatures, and appliqué. These skills are enhanced when practiced with a group, so share the patterns provided with other quilters to learn and create your own sampler together!

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 348 images, 175 templates | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764345494

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Ann has been quilting since 1975, when she thought everything had to be sewn by hand to be a "real quilt." Since then, she has learned that real quilts are sewn in as many ways as there are quilters. She owned a quilt shop in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for four years. She started two quilt guilds and is involved with another. She meets regularly with an antique quilt study group. She teaches quilting and writes patterns, mostly having to do with producing traditional designs and techniques by using modern methods.