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Quilting Changes Everything: Modern-Day Quilt Dowry

In the April 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting (on sale now), we introduced readers to Nyshma Nolette, a 24-year-old bride and new quilter who learned the ropes while creating a dowry of quilts in preparation for her wedding.

Nyshma and her husband, Ryan, displayed her 13 quilts at their wedding reception in September 2011. Photo by Nicolle Durkee (nddphoto.com).

Inspired by a long-ago tradition, Nyshma spent three years making 10 quilts in preparation for her wedding to fiancé, Ryan. Her mom, Sandy Mercado, filled out the traditional dozen quilts that a pioneer bride would have brought to the marriage, plus special No. 13, the “bride’s quilt,” and long-arm machine-quilter Margaret Gunn quilted Nyshma’s quilts.

In the process, Nyshma learned a variety of quilting techniques. See five of Nyshma’s quilts below. To learn more about all 13 quilts, click here to visit Sandy’s blog.

Rhythm & Blues, from the August 2009 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting®, was Nyshma's second quilt.


Nyshma learned Buggy Barn's crazy piecing method while making Pineapple Tidbits from their book, Certifiably Crazy.

Nyshma pieced Wild Thing by Thimble Blossoms at a retreat with her mom, Sandy.


Nyshma left the borders off her version of A Piece of Cake by Thimble Blossoms.

Nyshma learned how to make Flying Geese while working on Shiloh by Bonnie Blue Quilts.