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Monday, January 26, 2015


Above are books that I have been meaning to blog about for a long time.  They were all written by talented and scholarly women.  It is an honor to know them all.  Well, I don't really know Ann Hermes, but hope to meet her in person some day.  I say I "know" her because she helped me out on the quilt below by selling me some backing fabric.
On to the books!
World War I Quilts by Sue Reich, available here, is a lovely book.  Sue is a remarkable scholar and researcher.  We all reap the benefits of her work.  This book covers an era that is often overlooked by quilters, I think.  The photos are great:
Next up is quite a volume that Xenia Cord worked on with Kay & Lori Lee Triplett.  It covers an amazing Chintz quilt collection - The Poos Collection.   The  book is available here.  The quilt world is so fortunate to have Xenia Cord.  Her knowledge of quilts and fabrics boggles the mind.  The book is filled with "to die for" quilts and fabrics.
Last, but certainly not least is one of my favorite books to come along in awhile.  It is by Ann Hermes and is entitled Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases.  It is available here.  I love this book.  Ann has taken the time and effort to really showcase the antique fabrics.  After all, it's always about the fabrics, isn't it? 
Here is a look at a page.  See the rectangle on the left side of the right page, about halfway up?
That is a piece of real fabric that is the same as some fabric shown in the bottom photo of a quilt section.  I just happened to have it in my fabric collection.  You may not be able to tell from the photo, but the colors of the fabric and the colors of it in the photo are perfect. 
Well, these book reviews won't win any awards, but just suffice to say that you won't regret owning any of the three.
Here is a photo of my constant companion Gizmo.
He likes to spend time in the studio with me.  He is laying on the first quilt I ever made.  Boy, is it ever awful!  There is a reason it is not shown better in the photo!  Some times it is fun to show it when I give lectures and talks.  I always say, "Hey you have to start somewhere!"
I'll leave you with that thought.
Till next time........