Quilt Book Review: Step Back in Time

You might remember that Martingale Publishing sent me a whole bunch of quilt books to review.  I’ve slowly been wading through them picking the ones I like to review and passing on some as they aren’t my style.  Today’s book Step Back in Time is one I liked…


The authors are  Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts.

The books come to me in ebook format.  Several years ago I used to be able to request hard copies of the books that interested me and then I could do giveaways and pass them on to you…sadly, no more and sadly that means I have trouble showing you the pictures I want to show.

For example…this is the only picture provided of this quilt….


It’s a lovely picture.  The staging in great….but it’s the border that makes the quilt and you don’t get to see the mitered corners.  I love that feature of the quilt.  If I only show you pictures that I have access to, then you miss that.


This quilt I think the borders do a lot for it as well….

Here’s my poor picture of the computer screen with the full picture of the quilt…
Isn’t the floral border fun??

There are big and small quilts…


The colors on the one above I love.

This next one I love…Nine patches and stars are my favorite…this one combines both.


This one had me at red.  It’s always my favorite color…ALWAYS.


This one…Churn Dash, barn raising layout and scrappy.  Yep.  I like that one too.


Scrappy stars.  You had me at scrappy.


More scrappy stars?  Yes please.

I’ve not been in love with basket blocks in the past but this quilt could make me like them.

In total there are 13 quilts in the book which is a nice value.  The quilts range in size from bed sized to lap to wall hanging.

In between the quilts there are some great photos and historical accounts that I always love reading….so even if you just like to browse quilt books and not even sew, there is plenty in this book for you.  You can find it on Amazon here or from Martingale here.

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7 thoughts on “Quilt Book Review: Step Back in Time

  1. Carla

    I, too, love when a craft book includes extra, interesting content to read. Books of just plain patterns don’t hold as much appeal. Today’s book looks like a good one.

  2. Beth T.

    I just added this one to my wish list. I love the looks of this one–not just the patterns, but the striking use of color, the interplay (such as the plain and colored baskets which make that trad pattern so much more interesting than usual), and the “pioneer” feeling, which is always appealing to me. And, wow–I adore the reds in the quilt you pointed out. That is the red for me!

  3. Candi

    Looks like a great book. I love to just browse but then I see a quilt and think I’ll make that one. I know I have way more patterns and quilts I want to make than time. So I’ll just keep plugging away at them.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Love, hugs and prayers coming your way.

  4. Donna Pheneger

    There are some lovely quilts in there – I think my favorites are the blue, grey, and brown one and the basket one. Thank you for your “review”. :-)

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