Preserving History - Patchwork Patterns Inspired by Antique Quilts

by Julie Hendricksen
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Discover how to reproduce the time-honored treasures of the past with authenticity and ease. Create your own versions of antique designs from a stunning collection of history-rich quilts spanning the late 1800s through the 1930s. Get the historic look you love with detailed instructions for constructing your reproduction from start to finish, with a special focus on the types of quilting designs popular through the years.

  • Use your modern quilting tools and skills to re-create antique quilts for daily use or display
  • An essential resource, brimming with possibilities for antique-quilt lovers
  • Close-up photos and detailed construction tips make it easy to understand how antique quilts were finished

Watch Julie Hendricksen on Sewing with Nancy: Patchwork Patterns Inspired by Antique Quilts, Part 1 and Sewing with Nancy: Patchwork Patterns Inspired by Antique Quilts, Part 2.

by Julie Hendricksen
8.375" x 10.875"
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full color; softcover
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Publication Date:
September 7th, 2016

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Review from Quilter's Companion, No. 82

If you love antique quilts (and let's face it, most of us do!), this will be a wonderful addition to your bookshelf. The book contains 14 quilt designs: some are reproductions, and the antique quilt that was the inspiration is pictured, while others are simply the antique quilts. You will find some unusual takes on very traditional designs such as the Snowball block and the Thousand Pyramids design. Hendrickson also provides detailed instructions on the best way to quilt your antique reproduction quilt to make it look as authentic as possible.
Review from Popular Patchwork, January 2017

Fans of traditional quilts will love this book from Julie Hendricksen which is based on the collection of antique quilts she has amassed over the last thirty years. Each chapter features a different design, with stories of the antique quilts and where she found them, or in the case of the Nine Patch quilt with a $25,000 price tag, the one that got away. The projects for the updated versions are easy to follow, with lots of illustrations to help the quilt-making process. Julie, who also designs reproduction fabrics for Windham, has chosen ideal prints and colours to make the new quilts in the book which helps give it a strong vintage identity. Many of the projects are simple enough for a beginner, however, the ones towards the back, such as "1890s Baskets" and "Sugarloaf", will keep an intermediate quilter on their toes. It was a delight to see so much hand quilting in a book, although keeping with the friendly and relaxed tone, machine and longarm quilting is referred to in the introduction. I enjoyed the tips dotted throughout, for example, where the reader is encouraged to question whether it was necessity, or design choice, that meant a maker had different fabrics in three blocks. Preserving History is an ideal reference if you are looking for quilt inspiration, or for patterns to make for loved ones that will endure the test of time.

Julie Hendricksen

Julie Hendricksen purchased her first antique quilt in 1984 and made her first quilt shortly thereafter. She has seen things change considerably in the quilting world since then. What has stayed the same, however, is her love for both vintage and reproduction scrap quilts. As an author for Martingale, a fabric designer for Windham Fabrics, and the owner of J.J. Stitches quilt shop, Julie enjoys working in an industry that continues to inspire her every day.

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