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Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Applique: 2000 Traditional and Modern Designs, Updated History of Applique: New! 5 Quilt Projects Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2009
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About the Author
Barbara Brackman has written numerous books about quilts and the history of quilts and fabrics. She also designs reproduction fabrics, is a consultant for museums, and a member of the Quilter's Hall of Fame.
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1. All the thumbnails of designs are drawn in a very crude fashion. In some illustrations the design isn't even complete (circles don't close, lines that are supposed to be continuous aren't...). I expected better from a well published quilt historian and designer.
2. The 'designs' are thumbnails alone. Yes, if I were a serious quilt historian instead of just an interested quilter this book may be a good reference for dating a particular motif. But being a quilter alone (and an experienced one at that...) my intention was to look to this book for useable designs to use in my own quilts. The thumbnails are entirely too small to enlarge and too crude to copy.
3. Her 'illustrations' of whole quilts are beyond crude. It truly looks like my 10 year old sat down with her crayons and drew them freehand and then had them published. I would think the designer and publisher would at least have made an attempt to draw the whole cloth quilts are straight line rectangles and not just make an attempt at drawing one. I had to look at one particular 'design' very closely to figure out what exactly was supposed to be depicted. I'm still not sure. I think they're supposed to be birds. Again, very disappointing.
Since I purchased this book months ago and put it on the shelf after my initial look through (and disappointment) I wanted to be fair and pull it out again and have another look. My initial opinion has not changed.
To summarize, if you're looking for a book with clearly drawn and presented examples of applique designs for your own quilting, this is not that book!
But then I picked it up again today, and started to read the text at the beginning of the book relating the history of applique in quiltmaking, dating from the earliest surviving applique quilt (Sweden, 1300s) through to the present, with the ebb and flow of different trends and regional variations through the centuries. It's FASCINATING, and gives me a new depth of understanding and appreciation for antique quilts. Brackman shows how technology influenced quiltmaking (domestic sewing pin production in the United States, along with the growth of the American textile mills, made quiltmaking affordable for working class women as well as the affluent, and "turkey red" is so predominant in antique applique quilts because it was readily available and was one of the very few dye colors that was reliably colorfast during the 19th century heyday of applique quilts).
So, not what I expected, but definitely a keeper after all. I guess my main criticism is that the title is a bit misleading. If this book was called "Barbara Brackman's History of Applique in Quiltmaking," I think the reviews would be much higher across the board.
yourself. very disappointing! if you decide you would like to use any of the designs, you must go elsewhere to find a pattern.
it is an encyclopedia as stated