Today, I want to share insights about a new book recently published by Martingale. It is totally packed with #CreativeGoodness.
Step Back In Time – Turn Reproduction Prints into Vintage-Inspired Quilts, by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts, shares many stunning quilts each paired with a historical story from the 1800’s, making this a very interesting book for quilters of all levels.
Reproduction-fabric collectors and antique quilt lovers, the much-anticipated follow-up to Tributes and Treasures is here! Enjoy an all-new, jaw-dropping collection of patterns from the talented design team behind Red Crinoline Quilts–you’ll learn streamlined techniques for creating 13 of their vintage-inspired designs. Each quilt is paired with a fascinating true story from the 1800s. More than 70 beautiful photos capture the style and sentiment of this unique time in American quilting history.
About the Author:
Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison met more than 20 years ago when they both moved to the same street in Katy, Texas. Paula taught quilting classes at the local quilt shop, and Mary Ellen was the devoted student. They quickly formed a friendship that went beyond their love of quilting and reproduction fabric to become Red Crinoline Quilts.
Paula began quilting in 1989 after moving to Dallas, Texas. Not knowing anyone, she decided to take her six-month-old daughter to the Dallas Quilt Show. Three days later, she was hooked. After discovering that hand piecing wasn’t her thing, Paula visited a notions counter and purchased the tools she would need to cut out and piece her quilt tops. Once she completed her fourth top, she was asked to teach a class at a local quilt store. Her husband encouraged her to give it a shot, and the rest, as they say, is history. Paula taught in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for more than 25 years and now travels throughout the US, teaching, and lecturing at quilt guilds and local quilt shops.
Mary Ellen Robison
Mary Ellen Robison and Paula Barnes met more than 20 years ago when they both moved to the same street in Katy, Texas. Paula taught quilting classes at the local quilt shop and Mary Ellen was the devoted student. They quickly formed a friendship that went beyond their love of quilting and reproduction fabric to become Red Crinoline Quilts.
Learning from her mom’s expertise, Mary Ellen began sewing at the age of 12 and made most of her own clothes as she grew up. The year 1975 saw a resurgence in quilting due to the upcoming Bicentennial Celebration, so Mary Ellen made her first quilt, a baby quilt that defied almost all of the rules of quiltmaking. Fortunately, shortly after that initial attempt, Mary Ellen took her first quilt class and the spell was cast. Being a wife, mother of three, full-time school librarian, and seamstress for her three children took most of her time, but her love of quilting and fabric was always present. Relocating to Texas, meeting Paula, and discovering reproduction fabrics reignited Mary Ellen’s enduring passion for quilts.
I absolutely love this book for so many reasons: I love how all of the projects are made with reproduction fabrics, yet the designs would also look wonderful in modern fabrics, or any fabrics you desire, even batiks or bright fabrics. Ultimately, they are perfect designs for a scrappy theme. I love how each quilt is paired with a true story from the 1800s. Of course, I love how this book has 13 vintage-inspired designs, that come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals. There is also a section on “Quiltmaking Basics” to help beginner quilters, but personally, I’d recommend this book to confident beginners thru expert quilters.
This book not only inspires me to create, but it also inspires me to relax with a cup of tea and enjoy reading the historical stories that accompany each of the designs in this book.
Lastly, when I consider what the cost of a standalone pattern is, I appreciate the price of this book is so gosh darn reasonable. I hope you get a chance to check it out at your favorite quilt shop, but if you don’t see it do let them know you are interested in having them making it available in their shop. It is so new, they may not be aware of it. Of course, you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.
And, don’t overlook the opportunity to win three books from Martingale, our Spring Sponsor. QuiltShopGal is hosting a giveaway and everyone has until April 4th to enter at https://quiltshopgal2.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/martingale-helps-us-welcome-spring-with-a-giveaway/
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