Book Review: Classic Quilts With Precise Foundation Piecing
Reviewed by Addy Harkavy
Tricia Lund & Judy Pollard
If I'd had this book in my hands when I reviewed a variety of books on paper piecing for issue #11 of TVQ, it would have been included in that review. Since the book just came across my desk, however, and since it seems like the answer to many traditionalists' wish for a good book on the subject, I couldn't resist reviewing on its own.
So many quilters have commented that there had to be an easier way to get precisely pieced traditional quilts without sacrificing tradition. Lund and Pollard have cracked the code, so to speak, and their book has fifteen inspiring examples as cases in point!
The opening section covers basics of foundation piecing, stressing copying patterns, sewing on foundations, and constructing block units. This comprehensive but brief discussion is followed by instructions in paper patch appliqué and a visually exciting, inspiring, full-color quilt gallery.
And now, on to the quilts! Each quilt is introduced with a color photograph and credits the quilter who made it. A brief description tells readers about the quilt. Materials lists and cutting lists are well presented, making it easy to assemble everything needed to make any of the quilts. Quilters will find full-size paper piecing foundations and templates for photocopying in a pull-out section at the back of the book that supplements schematics printed with instructions for each quilt. Explicit, easy-to-follow instructions for unit construction, assembly, and finishing instructions are as good as they get.
Quilt patterns include: Cleopatra's fans; fan tulips; kaleidoscope of spider webs; Jenna's quilt; mariner's garden, a sunflower variation on mariner's compass; mariner's compass; feathered world without end; country roses, which is based on the Rose of Sharon appliqué pattern but is pieced rather than appliquéd; foundation stars, English geese, old-fashioned log cabin, Teresa's wedding quilt, a basket variation; blue Danube, a double wedding ring/pickle dish variation; pickled cherries, another double wedding ring/piclke dish variation with an appliquéd border of cherries), and Heidi's wedding quilt, best described as a double wedding ring.
Several of the quilts have lovely, unexpected details in sashings and borders. A "must see" for traditionalists who want to make precise quilts, nontraditionalists may find much in the way of technique, inspiration, and jumping off points.
Copyright 1996 by Addy Harkavy (addy@TheExperimentalQuilter.com) Addy is co-owner of Pinetree Quiltworks, a mail order quilting supply company. Her company was one of the first of its kind to establish a catalogue on the World Wide Web.
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