KC Star Book Reviews

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.


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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.


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Away from Home, 100" x 100"



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.


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Starring Judie, 99" x 99"



The pink and brown “Starring Judie” shown above is stunning. All of the quilts in the book were made with fabrics designed by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics.



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Marcus Fabrics swatch card of the Mill Girls collection

A special collection of fabrics, The Mill Girls 1830–1850, is also used. The collection will be available at independent quilt retailers in August.


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Flowers in the Mills, 54.25" x 54.25"

If you enjoy history or beautiful traditional quilts, this is a book to own.

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Read more from Kansas City Star.

See more Nancy Rink quilts like the one below.

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Hawaiian Snowflake by Nancy Rink



About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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One Response to KC Star Book Reviews

  1. Melody says:

    Once upon a time I bought my SIL a series of books that were the patterns from the KC Star bound in paperback with those plastic binder rings. Wish I could find those again now that I’m a quilter. I do love their selection of books.

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