It felt like Christmas on the day when History Repeated arrived in my mailbox. If you admire antique quilts, if you stroke reproduction fabrics, or if you adore vintage scrappy quilts—this is a title you need.
Authors Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle are Texans in an exchange group called the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas. The 22-member group has been exchanging blocks based on traditional designs in reproduction fabrics since 1997. History Repeated uses 10 blocks and showcases them in a multitude of quilts with a variety of settings and fabrics to inspire you.
This is the kind of book I just wouldn’t be without. I’m finding it useful in several ways:
• It contains great patterns for traditional blocks (some were brand new to me)
• Each block is shown in numerous settings I can use or adapt (one setting is patterned and the others give enough information to emulate the setting if I want)
• Hundreds of reproduction fabrics make for great eye candy
• I’ll be studying these quilt photos closely to learn why they are so appealing
• I’ll refer to the Divas’ guidelines next time I’m involved in planning an exchange (they’ve thought of everything!)
And if all of that isn’t enough, I think you’ll be inspired by the group’s statistics found on page 9:
Since the start of the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas, our members have participated in 45 block exchanges…the result is a potential 530 exchange quilts, which all begin with a bag of blocks for each participant…we have completed 275 quilts and pieced 87 quilt tops…for future years, we have 158 bags of blocks just waiting to be made into quilts.
Now if that won’t get you sewing, I don’t know what will.
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