Book Review: Treasury of Quilts

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.

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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…

History Repeated: Block Exchange Quilts by the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas

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.

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Then in the “gallery” they show more options for laying the postage stamp blocks out.  See?
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…and even more options.

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Here’s the tree of life pattern.

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and the Sunburst.  Oh I’d love to make this but I still feel a little intimidated by the circles.  Maybe someday.

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There’s a log cabin with lots of variations.

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Few things beat a log cabin quilt.

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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.