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A Joy Forever: Marie Webster's Quilt Patterns Paperback – November, 1992

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Marie Webster's quilts have been favorites of quiltmakers ever since they were published over 80 years ago, and all quiltmakers owe her a debt. Her designs... sparked a revolution in quilt design on the heels of the arts and crafts movement and the colonial revival, which emphasized the return to simpler traditions and handmade objects. Webster's quilts, the first to be published in color in Ladies Home Journal, were based on floral patterns which 'revitalized the art of applique with fresh new forms and a palette of pastel colors that would become the hallmark of American quilts in the 1920s and '30s.'

A Joy Forever is a double treat: the story of Marie Webster and her designs, told by her granddaughter; and a book of patterns for 12 of her original quilts. Co-author Marty Frolli perfected the pattern pieces and wrote additonal instructions for assembling the quilts.... A must for applique lovers, and for all of us who were inspired by Marie Webster's beautiful quilts. -- The Quilting Quarterly, National Quilting Association

This book is a fascinating look at a famous designer. It's also destined to be a historical treasure...

Marie Webster's quilts took America by storm when they were first published in the Ladies' Home Journal. Webster then began a long and fruitful career in quilt design, based on the Arts and Crafts Movement's credo: "bold and simple." Her appliqu patterns were striking in their simplicity and realism. But they were most effective for one basic reason. Marie Webster was a quilter. Many designers from that era were not.

Webster's granddaughter, Rosalind Webster Perry, has selected 12 of her grandmother's patterns. They are published together for the first time, along with a biography studded with family photos in A Joy Forever. -- Quilter's Newsletter Magazine

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This is the only book to feature Marie Webster's breathtaking quilt designs. These patterns are authentic classics of early 20th century design, presented for ease of use by today's quiltmakers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Practical Patchwork; First Edition edition (November 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962081175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962081170
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 5, 1999
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This is a superb book for anyone interested in American quilts of the 20th century. I was intrigued to discover that Marie Webster's designs, introduced to the public as early as 1912, were the originals from which "traditional" quilt patterns of the 1920's and 1930's were derived. These include the sunbonnets (gentle here, not saccharine), the poppy applique, and the medallion floral appliques. Also, it was an eye-opener to see Webster's dogwood and sunflower designs, extremely close variants of which were popularized years later by a manufacturer of quilt batting. The photography is excellent, and the book is printed on beautiful heavy-stock paper. The essays (written by Webster's grand-daughter) are joyful and respectful and a pleasure to read. The book includes patterns for 12 of the quilts shown. I can hardly wait to get started with my needle.
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I cannot wait to start making a quilt using the designs in this book! If you've seen a quilt with roses, irises, daisies...before and weren't impressed, try this book for designs that are fresh and clean. According to this book, a lot of the designs of the 1920's-1950's were based off of these. I have not seen these patterns used in this way ever before. In this book you will find patterns for many flowers including: iris (pictured on the cover), daisy, may tulips, poppy, white dogwood (fabulous!), french baskets, and a very beautiful grapes and vines pattern.
If you've never appliqued before, this book will be a challenge to you. The instructions are written for a quilter with some experience. The beginning of the book gives wonderful details of the life of Marie Webster who is the original creator of these designs.
I also enjoyed Marie Webster's Gardent of Quilts which, I think would be a bit easier for a beginner eager to try traditional designs.
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This is a peek into the life of a very productive quilter and it adds so much more depth of enjoyment knowing the person who designed the patterns and the life she led.
The patterns are so stylish for the period and readily adapt to todays fabrics as well.
Every time I page through this book I feel as though I'm getting a hug of encouragement from all of our quilting ancestors.
You will enjoy the pictures, patterns and story.
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By A Customer on August 15, 2001
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An absolute treasure! Inspiring. Delightful reading and well-drafted patterns to use. A must for your quilt library.
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Beautiful advanced needleturn applique patterns by Marie Webster, who designed and sold her patterns in the first half of the 20th century. These quilts also call for lots of intricate hand or machine quilting. Gorgeous results from challenging patterns!
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I have admired these classic patterns by Marie Webster for many years. So glad they were made available in a book.
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I was looking for a baby quilt to make for my niece and was having a hard time finding one I liked, especially for a boy. The ones I found were too busy, too sporty (I mean who knows if a boy will grow up to like sports??), or just ugly. There was a simple applique quilt pattern that was so simple and sweet, I just had to get this book. Thank you, Marie Webster!
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I have always liked Marie Webster . I like this book because it has patterns as well as info about her. Very pretty book. If you're a fan it's a must buy.
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