I found a GREAT quilting book for 50 cents at the Sparks Methodist Rummage Sale over the weekend.
Scrap Quilts: The Art of Making Do by Roberta Horton. 1998 C&T Publishing, Inc.
Dedication ~ This book is written for all those individuals who have said to me, “I can’t DO that, I’m a traditional Quiltmaker.”
Forward ~ There is a dual focus to this book: fabric and scrap quilts. I can’t separate the two. In this day and age, many quiltmakers seem interested only in how fast they can make a quilt. I’m more concerned about how well my fabric is showcased within my quilts. Complicated patterns don’t turn me on when I make a quilt – each time, it’s the fabric that’s the most important factor.
Antique scrap quilts can be the most humble of quilts and, at the same time, the most complicated of all quilts to understand. I consider them to be the truest reflection of America’s past because they are what the average quiltmaker made. Scrap quilts were made by the masses, not the wealthy elite. I’m referring tot he quiltmaker who lived in a log cabin, a sod house, a farmhouse, or a bungalow, and not to the woman who lived in a mansion. Scrap quilts were made to be used. They were unpretentious and honest – and, at the same time, beautiful.
This book is divided into six chapters. First, I have given you my definition and explanation of what I consider to be a scrap quilt. This took me years to understand. Then there is a large section on fabric and how to understand its use in a scrap quilt.
Next, there are case studies of pieced scrap quilts and quilts that combine piecing and appliqué. I have included a folk art section to encourage creativity. Finally, there is a chapter on how to accomplish the technical aspects of making an actual quilt. This isn’t about sewing a quarter-inch seam. It’s the information I feel will allow you to go beyond where you are now. How to create your own patterns, whether they be pieced or appliquéd. How to cut directly into the fabric as opposed to relying on a rigid master plan to make your quilt.
So, sit back and enjoy Scrap Quilts: The Art of Making Do. Savor the old and new scrap quilts I have collected for your perusal. Keep your mind open to the ideas I have presented and really look with your eyes at the many examples. Do try the exercises I have suggested in the skills chapter – they really work. I hope this book will give you many ideas for your next quilt.
The Delectable Mountains. 1991. Becky Goldsmith, Sherman, Texas. (Judges ruled that there are not enough different fabrics to be considered a scrap quilt!)
Turning a New Leaf. 1997. Deborah Altfeld. Atwater, California.
Morning Mist (left). 1996. Willemke Vidinic. Paris, France.
Delectable Mountains. 1996. Anne Walker. Espon, Surrey, United Kingdom.
Roberta’s Broken Dishes (left). 1996. Marie-Christine Flocard. les Loges en Josas, France.
Broken Dishes. 1994. Nadi Lane. Agoura, California.
The following quilt I find very fascinating and plan to make one something like it, me thinks!
Strip Quilt. 1996. Circa 1890. Massachusets. Collection of author.
I like the one on the left too…
Gem Block. Circa 1880-1890. Collection of author.
While we’re talking about quilts ~ the October 2008 edition of Country Living magazine has a
beautiful quilt in their Quilter’s Journal on page 84. I love the colors…I’d change the colors of the first border check…too white.
30 Stars for 30 Years…”The design is timeless, and the quilt is easy to make,” says Mary Etherington of Country Threads. “The kit features 58 different fabrics, so the fabric does most of the work!”
Another one that caught my fancy was in the mail this morning when I checked our box at the Post Office. In American Patchwork & Quilting’s December 2008 edition ~ cover quilt! I LOVE FLYING GEESE! I want to rip it out of the pages and wrap myself in it! OH MY GOSH! The designer is Joanna Figueroa of
Fig Tree Quilts.