A recent box from the folks at Kansas City Star Quilts was filled with treasures: books I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. You’ll want to take a look at today’s featured title.
Nancy and Oliver Rink have put together a keeper in Away from Home: Quilts Inspired by the Lowell Factory Girls. I first read it cover to cover because the history is that interesting (Oliver is a history buff and retired professor of history at California State University-Bakersfield).
Then I went back through the book to admire and study the quilts.
They include a sampler depicting two mill girls surrounded by nine pieced and appliqued blocks, shown above. Eight other projects feature piecing, applique and nice combinations of both.
A special collection of fabrics, The Mill Girls 1830–1850, is also used. The collection will be available at independent quilt retailers in August.
If you enjoy history or beautiful traditional quilts, this is a book to own.
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See more Nancy Rink quilts like the one below.