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Back to Charm School: More Fun Quilts from Country Threads Paperback – December 6, 2011
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About the Author
Mary Tendall Etherington and Connie Tesene have been business partners at Country Threads since 1983, shortly after both moved to Garner, Iowa. The business started as a wholesale quilt-pattern company that soon expanded into a retail quilt shop on Mary's small farm in north central Iowa. Together they have published more than 20 quilt-pattern books and over 800 individual patterns. Their designs have appeared in American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilt Sampler, and several other national craft magazines.
Connie Tesene and Mary Tendall Etherington have been business partners at Country Threads since 1983. The business started as a wholesale quilt-pattern company that soon expanded into a retail quilt shop on Mary's small farm in north central Iowa. Together they have published more than 20 quilt-pattern books and over 800 individual patterns. Their designs have appeared in American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilt Sampler, and several other national craft magazines.
Top Customer Reviews
My favorite quilt is the pattern called..."Don't Tip your Chair at the Table." It is the fun method of piecing a quilt, and then cutting out squares and repiecing it to make it look wonky and like windmills. I am a sucker for quilts made in a different and unique way. I love it, and I totally want to try it out.
There are also patterns for a fun and funky pillow, and a super cute tree skirt. You should totally check this book out.
I consider myself a beginner-novice quilter in that I know some basics of machine piecing and hand quilting, but haven't done much of either, so I read this book from the viewpoint of a beginner. While it does assume the reader has basic sewing knowledge, I didn't find anything that was confusing so I feel I could make any project in this book without intimidation. The instructions and diagrams were clear and found the tips to be helpful. The color photographs of the finished quilts are gorgeous and inspiring.
There are 20 projects in this book that quilters of any level will enjoy.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicted, nor was a positive review required.
Each project has a color photo of the finished item, with a small blurb about the project as well. Material and cutting lists, along with the rest of the instructions are clearly written and easy to follow. There are also enough graphics for those of us who like visual help. Unfortunately, the general "quilt as desired" is the only finishing suggestions.
Some of the patterns are for the more experienced quilter with inset seams. Most are done with straight seams or half square triangles. There is even a tree skirt but it is cleverly done as a square and then simply cut into a circle and bound.
While these are smaller projects, as all quilters know, you can just add a few more blocks and have the size you need. So even though it is written as smaller projects, if you find one that you love, just make more blocks!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of many books by Country Threads. Love them all.Published 12 months ago by Bernadette J.
I really got caught up in the beautiful quilts and patterns
such talent is just amazing what fun i will always have looking
back time and again