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Women at Work
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert,
by Kimberly Wulfert
Quilts in Red and Green
and the Women Who Made Them
Nancy Hornback and Terry
melt away…when you kneel in your
garden” begins a book just
out about 19th century red and green appliqué quilts. Nancy Hornback and Terry Clothier Thompson have joined their
passions for appliqué quilts and put together a visually
terrific book with historical information about the makers and
the ten quilts this book features. Appliqué templates, in
their appropriate color -- red or green -- along with complete instructions to make
the appliqué quilts are included, as are some
common and rare quilting patterns found on floral appliqué
quilts made in the 19th century. They provided the rarer
ones on a fold-out
sheet enabling them to be larger than the limits the book
sets. Hand quilters will love this aspect of the book!
The quilts are from various personal collections and
historical societies in Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Kansas,
and Illinois, and have seldom been viewed in public. They
are unique and wonderful!! .Most are varieties of smaller
repeated block styles, some with a central focus and two
in the four-block style, and another is a large five-block on point
that fools the eye completely. It’s Lydia Mason’s Garden
Quilt, made in Illinois in 1860.
I especially like how the authors mixed the genealogical
findings with their thoughts when faced with uncertain
findings. The text is on pages mixed with old and new pictures,
like a scrapbook or collage, as Terry’s book often are. Other textiles, clothing, furniture, houses, close-up
shots of fabrics, blocks and the old sewing tools are shown
in large photographs, easily showing the detail.
Quilts in Red and Green and the Women Who Made Them
is published by Kansas
City Star Books. Also included in the 107 pages is an
introduction of the authors and their approach, a bit of red
and green appliqué quilt history and advice about choosing
fabrics and colors and appliqué methods.
This book is a wonderful addition the study of red and green
appliqué and the women who made them.
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