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
From the Publisher
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.