I was on Amazon’s site a few weeks ago and saw this quilt book. I’ve kind of given up on buying quilt books except for a limited few and all of Bonnie Hunters. I can either design in myself or find a free pattern so I’ve made limiting my quilt book purchases to a select few…but when I saw this one, I snapped it up.
It’s done by the 19th Century Quilt Divas. That name might, or might not, ring a bell in your mind but it sure does to me.
I have this in my UFO pile and it’s done by them.
Oh, I love this quilt. I really need to pull in out and work on it again but I’m tackling my UFOs that are towards the front of the stack first.
I also have their previous book…
I love this book…To really love the quilts you have to like old fashion more traditional quilts in Civil War prints…and scrappy. Well, that’s me to a T!! No wonder I love the patterns.
Anyway..would this book live up to the test?
The premise of the book is that the “Divas” take a block, make them and then design their own quilts with the blocks. That means that there is a quilt in the book…then variations on that are given too. Only one of the quilts has a complete patterns.
Here’s my example. This is a postage stamp quilt. All the directions are given to make it.
Then in the “gallery” they show more options for laying the postage stamp blocks out. See?
…and even more options.
Here’s the tree of life pattern.
and the Sunburst. Oh I’d love to make this but I still feel a little intimidated by the circles. Maybe someday.
There’s a log cabin with lots of variations.
Few things beat a log cabin quilt.
All in all the book was pretty good. You can find it here on Amazon, 19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ Treasury of Quilts: 10 Stunning Patterns, 30 Striking Options. Personally if I were to only buy one of their books, I like this one, History Repeated: Block Exchange Quilts by the 19th Century Patchwork Divas, the first one a little better. The designs were just ones that I liked a little bit better.
This one has been sitting by my bed stand. I’ve been reading and paging through it several nights. It’s a good book.