It’s not often I get to review a book like How to Catch a Frog by Heather Ross.
So it was a welcome change to devour (and I did devour it) this autobiographical tale, subtitled “…and other stories of family, love, dysfunction, survival, and DIY.”
I’d been familiar with Heather Ross as a fabric designer.
If you spent time on quilt-related blogs a few years back, you couldn’t help but hear about her fabrics with FreeSpirit and Kokka of Japan.
But of course there is more to the story, and not all of it is pretty. How to Catch a Frog is an honest portrayal of growing up in a back-to-the-land household—which sometimes meant hunger, cold and neglect—but also led to innovative play, creative problem solving and a deep love for nature and the outdoors in rural Vermont.
I was hooked on this book from the first paragraph. Heather writes in breathless sweeping descriptions of the people and places she’s been, and doesn’t neglect to observe how they influenced her. I highly recommend How to Catch a Frog. I loved it.
Heather’s wildly popular Far, Far Away fabric line (released originally in 2008 as a line of home dec fabrics) will appear in stores this July, printed on quilting cotton by Windham Fabrics.
Wouldn’t these prints make a great little girl quilt?
I’m pleased to host a giveaway here on Quilty Pleasures, of not one but two copies of How to Catch a Frog by Heather Ross. For your chance to win, please leave a comment before midnight end-of-day Wednesday, June 4. I’ll choose two random winners and announce them here.
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