Monday, June 13, 2011

Fancy to Frugal by Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine


There are always new and modern quilt design books that stir our imagination, but there is nothing that says comfort to me more than the old fashioned traditional quilts.  Fancy to Frugal, Authentic Quilt Patterns from the ‘30s by Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine brings us those old fashioned designs.

Years ago local newspapers would print quilt blocks in series form.   The block patterns in this book are authentic quilt patterns from the 1930s and include actual pictures of the newspaper articles. Not only are there full sized patterns, but also included are the quilting motifs for the quilts and borders.  The instructions and diagrams are very clear and helpful.  There is a section at the end of the book with general quilting instructions. 

I especially like the Sunflower and Butterflies block.  Although the Sunflower block is an original old pattern, I have not seen one like it before and found it interesting. This is a great book for those who like traditional quilting and especially the quilts from the 1930s.  There are patterns appropriate for all quilt skill levels.

Thank you to Martingale and Company for providing a review copy.

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