Quilt Book Review: Kindred Spirits: Celebrating Pieces of the Past

I got this new quilt book, Kindred Spirits by Jill Shaulis and Vicki Olsen of Yellow Creek Quilt Designs.  I really didn’t intend on buying a new quilt book but…

Do you remember this that a blog reader sent me?

A blog reader messaged me to let me know that it was the beginnings of the quilt you see below.

Here is the quilt from the book fully laid out… I really like the quilt and being I liked the quilt, I thought I would like the book as well.

It turns out I did like the book.  Keep reading to see more great projects from the book.  I can see myself making this…

I like this one too.  For me, I’d love to make it but this is a quilt I likely won’t make.  I don’t have that much of any one fabric.  The floral is so pretty but I’m a cheapskate and won’t buy fabric if I don’t have to.  I have so much already.  I still enjoy reading about it.

This is a wall-hanging size of quit.  The dancing stars are fun.  I’d love to make something like this into a full sized quilt.

This quilt is interesting.  I’ve not put wool applique on quilts.  Have any of you?  I’m curious as to how that would work in the laundry.  If you have, please leave me a comment and let me know about laundering something with wool and cotton mixed.

There is an option to take the same wool piece and make it into a table topper.

I like that there are projects of all types and sizes in the book.  Here is a table runner that comes in two different sizes.

Check out this.  It can be made in mini size too.

This Primitive Pineapple also can be made in two different sizes.  With the small version the block is only 2″ x 2″.  WOW.

All in all, it’s a good book.  It’s going to make it easier to finish the project a blog reader sent and it’s been great reading these last few nights.  If you’re interested, you can find the book HERE on Amazon.

11 thoughts on “Quilt Book Review: Kindred Spirits: Celebrating Pieces of the Past”

  1. Looks like a great book – I love that “Brothers and Sisters” quilt! Will look forward to seeing what you end up with!

  2. What a great book. Now that you have the the pattern, you will have that quilt whipped out in no time! It will be beautiful! It is so fun to read quilting books and pick up some good ideas.

  3. Hi Jo! Looks like a fun book to have. I’ve made a quilt with wool appliqué and as long as you wash on cold/gentle cycle and hang to dry it will launder up just fine.

    1. I’ve made a few quilts with wool and cotton…ive prewashed the wool and dried it..because when the quilt is done that’s how I will launder it. If I buy quality fabric, I very seldom prewash the cotton though.

  4. Margaret Tobin

    If you wash and dry the wool in hot water and in the dryer it will felt the wool like Austrian boiled wool sweaters.
    I felt wool sweaters all the time to make pullovers into cardigans. Or to cut up to sew into mittens.
    You will have lots of lint in the basket that you can spin into yarn or put outside for nesting birds.
    Once the wool is felted it won’t shrink anymore and can be laundered again.

  5. Do not be afraid to add wool to your quilt. I’ve done it many times. Since “most” wool you buy to applique is pre washed (not yardage) it will not shrink any more. I have a sweatshirt that has a wool applique design on the back that I wear all the time (I’m cold in the a/c) so it gets washed weekly and it’s 10 years old. (washed in med and dryed on med heat) and it looks as good as it did when I made it.

  6. Thank you so much for showing us some of the projects from this book! I love the quilt you have the blocks for and would probably get the book just for that. But I love some of the others that you’ve shown also. The table runner struck me as being perfect for a bed runner that my Mom asked me to make for her with Christmas fabrics. I had been stressing about what pattern to use and I think this will be perfect! The book is now sold out temporarily on Amazon, but I was able to purchase it “print on demand” through publisher CTs website. I’m so excited to get it!

  7. Carolyn Terry

    I love your down to earth blog.
    I am searching for the wedge pincushion, that will fit the white hobnail dish.
    Thanks Jo

  8. While you may not have enough of any one fabric, there is nothing to prevent you from using similar prints, and a different one for the border. And, who knows, a reader may be sending you just enough of the “right” fabric some day.

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