Book Reviews

Books play a very important role in every quilter's life. A lot of techniques can be learnt entirely from books which is very convenient if classes are not easily available or cannot be integrated in a busy schedule. Books can also be a source of inspiration, no matter whether they show contemporary or antique quilts.
We from Quilt around the World will always keep our eyes open for new (and sometimes not so new) books and will review them as objectively as possible. We would like to invite all of you to comment both on the book and our review to make the information even more valuable to those who are still thinking about the purchase.

The History of Dutch Quilts

The History of Dutch Quilts

If you have been following what we do here at Quilt around the World, you will have realized that we are very interested in quilt history and quilt and textile traditions around the world. So when we acquired “A History of Dutch Quilts” by An Moonen, it was clear, at once, that a book review was inevitable...

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Welsh Quilting Pattern & Design Handbook

Welsh Quilting Pattern & Design Handbook

Welsh Quilts have been popular with quilters around the world for quite some time. This is certainly thanks to Jen Jones’ commitment to these beautiful hand-quilted masterpieces (read an interview with Jen Jones on her life and her involvement with Welsh Quilts at Quilt around the World). Jen Jones and her Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter are also the publishers of a reproduction of “Welsh Quilting Pattern & Design Handbook” by Marjorie Horton.

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Le piqué-libre – 72 nouveaux blocs

Le piqué-libre

Free-motion machine quilting is an important technique which we’d recommend every quilter to make an integral part of her individual repertoire. Once you have moved beyond the ubiquitous meander patterns, you might start looking for other motifs to vary the texture and visual impact of your quilts.

“Le piqué-libre – 72 nouveaux blocs” by Dijanne Cevaal which was published in 2010 by the French publisher “Editions de Saxe” could come in very handy here. Actually there is another book called “Le piqué-libre – 72 blocs d’inspiration” published in 2008, but unfortunately it is out of print... (28 July 2011)

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Scraps and Shirttails I & II

Scraps and Shirttails I & II

... One of the quilters who reminds us of the original purpose of patchwork is Bonnie K. Hunter. Bonnie has been quilting since the 1980s and focuses on scrap quilts made from old shirts, denim and other used textiles. Besides keeping her website quiltville.com and her blog quiltville.blogspot.com active, she has written three books about fabric recycling for Kansas City Star Books. Two of these books are the subject of this book review... (18 July 2011)

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Confetti Naturescapes – Quilting Impressionist Landscapes

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This 160 page book in square format is an artist’s profile, a gallery of quilts and an instruction manual... (19 May 2011)

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Men and the Art of Quiltmaking

Men have probably been quilting for many, many years, decades and even centuries. However, compared to quilting women, their numbers have always been so insignificant that the calculation of a percentage with less than three decimal digits wouldn’t have made any sense.

Lately, this very small minority in the quilting world has gained more momentum and an ever louder voice. More and more men become members in quilt guilds, become quilt and fabric designers and write books on all aspects of quiltmaking. As with us women, their styles are as diverse as are individuals. The book “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking” by Joe Cunningham gives a forum to 30 quilters, some of whom have been well known in the quilting world for years.... (28 April 2011)

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Quilting Designs from the Past

Quilting Designs from the Past

... While leafing through quilt history books is a very enjoyable pastime, it is also very time consuming. Here the book “Quilting Designs from the Past” by Jenny Carr Kinney helps out the quilter or antique lover seeking pertinent information quickly.... (15 March 2011)

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Jane Austen’s Sewing Box

Jane Austen's Sewing Box

Without Jane Austen and her famous novels, many of the Quilt around the World quilts wouldn’t get finished half as quickly, if at all. Most quilts have been introduced to Lizzy and Mr. Darcy already in the sewing stages and by the time they have reached the quilting hoop, they are even on speaking terms with Lady Catherine and Mr. Collins. So when Jutta was researching for a Jane Austen trip to England (another pet project of hers ;-), she found Jennifer Forest’s book “Jane Austen’s Sewing Box” and instantly decided to buy it although it is not a book about quilting.... (3 February 2011)

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Quilts around the World

Quilts around the World

The heavy hardcover book, “Quilts around the World” by Spike Gillespie, tells the story of quilting from Alabama to Zimbabwe and is a great addition to your personal quilt book library or a perfect gift for any quilter interested in quilt history and different quilting traditions around the world... (6 January 2011)

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The Magic of Crazy Quilting

This comprehensive book, covering the making and embellishment of Crazy Quilts, offers a good working basis for any quilter interested in these techniques.

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Halina Judith Schmitz
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