Sunday, September 11, 2011

Quilting those Flirty ‘30s by Cynthia Tomaszewski

This is not your ordinary quilt pattern book.  Most of my quilt books have an introduction to quilting, instructions, and patterns.  Cynthia added a little extra by creating a book that explains the very heart of quilting and its connection to home, friends and family.  Her book begins with a little family history and what life was like back in the 1930s.  As a genealogist, I was particularly interested, but you don’t have to study your own family tree to enjoy her stories. 

Next in the book she has her favorite childhood cookie recipe and tips for making great cookies.  Not only is this a nice addition to the book, but it also showcases a tea cozy and potholders made from patterns in the book.  There are also other cookie recipes throughout the book, eleven in all.

Quiltmaking basics follow, including something that I don’t see in a lot quilt books, a primer on layering and basting.  There is a nice introduction to different methods of appliqué so that even a beginner could quickly learn to create something beautiful with these patterns.  There are patterns for table runners, a tea cozy, potholders, an apron, and quilts of all sizes. 

My favorite was Angel Kisses, small flower wall hangings with yo-yo tassels – cute, easy, and unique!

There is something for every skill level, depending on the method of appliqué chosen.  There are larger flowers that would be easy enough for a beginner and also more intricate and delicate flower appliqués that would require a more experienced quilter.  

See some of the finished patterns on the Martingale and Company site

Thank you to Martingale and Company for the review copy of this book, received only with the understanding that my review will be my honest opinion.


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