Step back in time with 15 favorite patchwork-quilt patterns from the Civil War Legacies collection by Carol Hopkins. Each pattern design features classic blocks evocative of the era, beautifully showcasing today's reproduction quilt fabrics.
- Wonderfully scrappy, small quilt patterns in sizes perfect for wall hangings and doll quilts
- Simple, step-by-step instructions with clear diagrams and pressing directions
- Value-packed collection with something for every skill level
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Bright colors, bold prints and large pieces are all very well, but we agree with Carol Hopkins, who writes in the introduction to this book, "It's hard to ignore a vintage scrap quilt!" Like her, we're charmed by the variety of fabrics and fascinated by how some "weird and wonderful" combinations end up working so well together. Carol has created a collection of 15 quilt projects that provide you with an opportunity to use your own stash of reproduction fabric scraps to create quilts. They're all made from simple, traditional blocks arranged in a variety of settings. That said, there's absolutely no reason why you couldn't use Kaffe Fassetts, batiks or yardage to make your own versions--we're sure they'd look equally as pleasing. Our one--tiny--disappointment is that Carol only provides instructions for small quilts. (Most have edges that are 30" or less). Still, these are a good size to group as a feature on a wall in your home, gift to a fellow crafter who also loves "repros" or pop on the hall table with an elegant vase.
Review from Fabrications magazine
We are all drawn to a vintage scrap quilt whether it is to wonder about who owned the clothes prior to them becoming a quilt or just to marvel at the variety of fabrics used at a time when patchwork shops were unheard of! This book is a collection of 15 quilts, which provides an opportunity for you to use your own scraps of reproduction fabrics to create small quilts reminiscent of those from the mid-1860s. Each quilt allows you to showcase dozens of fabrics in simple blocks and arranged in a variety of settings. Small quilts are a perfect way to experiment with combinations of prints and colors without a large investment in time or fabric and, of course, the patterns are geared towards speed piecing and the use of a sewing machine. There are 15 traditionally inspired quilt patterns to choose from featuring classic blocks evocative of the era.
Review from Barbara Rhoades
Civil War Legacies has 15 patterns from a bygone era. What? You don't like the duller colors of that era? So, use brighter fabric but you will still have the flavor of the era in the patterns.
Each pattern has a paragraph about the quilt, followed by a material and cutting list. Graphics help make sure you are on track. The photo of the project also gives the finished block and quilt sizes. The best part of the instructions is the TO ADD INTEREST box. There you will find a suggestion on how to change up the pattern such as adding one more color to a two color block. No quilting suggestions are given.
If you have lots of scraps, this book will help you use them up as they can be made of many different colors and you just have to add a background fabric. This will really help me clear out my fabric closet.
Carol Hopkins, recently retired from a 40-year teaching career at Purdue University, enjoys spending time with her husband, her children and their spouses, and her four grandchildren. Through her pattern business, Carol Hopkins Designs, she markets quilt patterns that she has designed for eighteenth- and nineteenth-century reproduction fabrics. Carol's books and patterns are sold worldwide, and many of her designs have been featured in national and international quilt publications. To learn more about Carol and see further examples of her work, visit CarolHopkinsDesigns.com.Visit Carol's website
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