Anniversary Sampler Quilt, by Donna Lynn Thomas (and a Giveaway)

I’m delighted to be able to share insights with you today about another new book that is packed with #CreativeGoodness, which was recently published by CT Publishing.  And, I have a copy to giveaway to my blog followers.

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Anniversary Sampler Quilt: 40 Traditional Blocks, 7 Keepsake Settings, by Donna Lynn Thomas is a perfect book for quilters of all levels and experiences, where the creative possibilities are endless.



Every special occasion deserves a memorable quilt


Celebrate any important event in life, from an anniversary or a birthday to a retirement or a memorial, with these 40 beautiful blocks and 7 customizable settings. Created to commemorate the author’s 40th anniversary of falling in love with her husband (and making her first quilt for him!), you can read the story behind each block, then make it personal by stitching in your own memories and using blank blocks for personal dedications. Piece and appliqué the stunning sampler quilt, or pick and choose your blocks and setting to suit your own needs and taste.


• Many blocks for lots of options! Stitch the sampler or make a quilt with repeated or selected blocks
• Easy-to-follow instructions from an experienced quilter, writer, and teacher
• Adjust the blocks and settings to make your quilt unique




Donna Lynn Thomas has been sewing since the age of four and passionately quilting since 1975. She began teaching in 1981 and, as an Army wife, lived in Germany for four years, where she thoroughly enjoyed teaching at a German quilt shop and at various guilds throughout the country. Long out of the Army, the Thomas’ have now settled in Kansas. Donna continues to teach and speak nationally.

Donna places a strong focus on mastering basics and precision skills to help quilters reduce frustration and better enjoy the creative process.

The author of twenty quilting books since the late 1980s, Donna continues to write and contribute articles to various quilt-related publications. You can watch Donna’s class, Piece Like a Pro, on Craftsy.  You can also check out many of her previously published books on Amazon.

Donna designed the Omnigrip On-Point Ruler and its companion ruler, the On-Point Square. These rulers give you the ability to cut pieces that measure neatly on the diagonal, eliminating the messy math usually involved in setting patchwork units on point inside blocks or borders.

Her greatest joy is her husband, Terry, and their two sons, Joe and Pete. Equally dear to her heart are Joe’s wife, Katie, and Donna’s most-perfect-in-every-way granddaughters, Charlotte and Alexandra.

Donna and Terry provide staff assistance to their two cats, Max and Skittles, and a kiddie pool and ear scratches to one sunny golden retriever, Ellie. All the quilts in their house are lovingly “pre-furred.”

I also asked Donna about her to share insights about her favorite 3-5 blocks and this is what she shared with me:

These are blocks I tend to make over and over again because they are old favorites.

LeMoyne Star: Because I adore playing with mirrors to find repeats to create fascinating kaleidoscope effects in the block. I learned how to do this in the mid 80’s when I took a class on making fabric covered octagonal card stock boxes.
11288 Thomas F'17
Folded Box: Because this block looks so cool when value is used to create the 3-D effect.
11288 Thomas F'17
Gentle Breeze: Because I enjoy hand piecing this block. All the set-in seams are a breeze by hand. I hand pieced an entire full size quilt using this block during one of our many moves.
11288 Thomas F'17
Sleight of Hand: Because striping up block parts is another fun thing to do. This block began life as Card Tricks but was transformed with stripes, hence the name Sleight of Hand.
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Starry Path: Because the wonkiness of the shapes is just pure fun.
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The possibilities of what you can create with this book are endless, given the 40 Traditional Blocks and 7 Keepsake Settings that are covered in this book, which all come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  Thus, this book is perfect for beginner quilters thru experienced quilters.  And, when you consider the price of a standalone pattern, this book is a steal!  For Quilt Guilds, this book would also make a great resource for a guild challenge.  And, for Quilt Shops, it would be easy to start a club and/or a precision piecing classed using this book!

I love how Donna grouped the blocks into such fun, unique, and actually very appropriate  categrories: Falling in Love, For The Love of Gardening, You Should Love Your Work, The Threads of Live, A Piece of My heart, etc..

Alternative Anniversary Quilt Sets provide quilt designs, to incorporate blocks from this book.  They range in size from 48 1/4 x 48 1/4 to 74″ x 74″ and you can easily incorporate any of the 40 blocks in this book into any of these quilt sets, to make your very own unique quilt.

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, it is so new that they may not even be aware of it, thus I hope you’ll let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  Don’t forget you can check this book out online at CT Publishing , Amazon, as well as Donna’s website where you can order a signed copy too!


Thanks to Donna Lynn Thomas, I have a signed copy to giveaway to one lucky blog follower.  This giveaway is open to WW participants, to enter, just simply leave a comment below telling me how you follow me (e.g. email, BlogLuvin, etc).  Of course, I’d also love to hear what you think about this new book.

I’ll randomly select a winner, one week from today.  I will email them to let them know, as well as update this post.


Congratulations to the lucky winner:


You can find the author, Donna Lynn Thomas, at:

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18 thoughts on “Anniversary Sampler Quilt, by Donna Lynn Thomas (and a Giveaway)

  1. I follow your blog through email notifications.
    I love sampler type quilts so this would be a great asset to have on hand for both block and setting ideas.


  2. I follow you by email also. I was at a red and white quilt show this weekend with beautiful samplers. Left me wanting to make one!


  3. I get email notifications whenever there’s a new post. What a great sounding book. I’ve always been enamored with Dear Jane quilts but have avoided them because there are simply too many blocks. This book makes the process a little simpler and so much more inviting.


  4. I follow via Bloglovn. I like the angles on the blocks…may blocks have square bits, but the ones you highlighted today have lots of movement to them. Thanks for sharing!!


  5. Donna’s book looks like a whole lot of inspiration for me! I especially like Sleight of Hand and Starry Path blocks. I am a happy Bloglovin’ follower!


  6. Gentle Breezes reminds me of the “twirly birds” we use to play with as a kid and I still buy for my gbabies! Congrats on 40 years of marriage and what sounds like you are living life to it’s fullest😊 Bloglovin follower


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