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Book Review Week: Day 4


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Civil-War-Sewing-Circle,-TheThe Civil War Sewing Circle ($24.99; Martingale and Co., 2011)

Kathleen Tracy

I am drawn to late 19th century-era reproduction fabrics but didn’t know much about the actual events that occurred between 1861-1865. After reading Kathleen Tracy’s fourth book, which combines Civil War-era diary entries, photographs, and historical facts, I feel I have a better glimpse into the lives of those who experienced the American Civil War 150 years

ago. Projects include patterns for throws, small quilts, pincushion, signature quilt, needlecase, and sewing box.

On my “to-make” list: Civil War Scraps Doll Quilt (page 36) and Album Quilt (page 64)




Some-Kind-of-WonderfulHatched and Patched’s Some Kind of Wonderful ($26.95; Kansas City Star Quilts, 2011)
Anni Downs

I have recently started hand-stitching and experimenting with different embroidery stitches, linens, wools, and threads. When I visited Anni Down’s booth at International Quilt Market, I knew I wanted to learn more about the Australian designer who combines stitchery and patchwork. Her latest book has a variety of smaller projects which will allow me to try new techniques and materials, without the time or investment of larger quilts. One of my favorite features is that the materials list for each project specifies the company name and number for each embroidery floss used, taking the guesswork out of, “Is this the right color brown?”

On my “to-make” list: Sewing Case (page 20) and Needle Book (page 24)



Friendship-Strips-&-ScrapsFriendship Strips & Scraps ($27.95; Landauer Publishing, 2010)
Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts

One of Edyta Sitar‘s favorite parts of quilting is gathering with family and friends to share fabrics and quilting ideas. In Friendship Strips and Scraps, Edyta gives terrific tips on trading fabric strips and scraps with fellow quilters. The 112-page, full-color book also includes 18 projects that show you how to successfully mix and match a variety of fabric styles.

On my “to-make list”: Tumbling Block Table Runner (page 46)

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