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Fancy to Frugal: Authentic Quilt Patterns from the '30s Paperback – December 7, 2010
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The 1930's were a time of uncertainty, economic worries and depression. Sound familiar? One thing to come out of those hard times were the colorful and bright scrap quilts of the era. Imagine what a lift they must have given the quilter when, at the end of the day, they were able to sit and stitch on a colorful quilt. Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine's book Fancy to Frugal: Authentic Quilt Patterns from the '30s is the follow-up to their first book, Link to the '30s, and offers 10 authentic patterns from that time frame.
Three of the 10 patterns feature applique; the authors' preferred applique technique is the freezer-paper method. All skill levels are addressed in the book as there are quilts that can be made using the rotary cutter; others will need templates. Some of the quilts have embroidery and all of the quilts feature exquisite hand quilting.
The authors always strive to make their quilts as done in the past with lots of muslin, a plethora of prints and solids, and plenty of hand quilting (the quilting patterns are also included in the book). The Quiltmaking Basics chapter of the book covers everything you will need to know to work on these projects, including a section on how to deal with set-in pieces, Y seams, and curved seams. --The Applique Society Newsletter
Fans of hand piecing, hand quilting, and hand applique will enjoy the ten projects in this book. All are authentic reproductions of quilts from newspaper patterns using today's '30s fabrics. These are not fast and easy, but real heirlooms. All templates, quilting patterns, and extensive instructions are included. --Stick Your Nose in a Book: Quilting Book Reviews by Jennifer Zoeterman
About the Author
Kay Connors was born in Texas, raised in New Mexico, and she has had homes in Colorado, California, Washington, Alaska, and Idaho, where she has lived since 1979. She has been quilting since 1973, first to use up fabric, and then to feed her passion. She is a contemporary quilter but finds she can't pass up anything having to do with old quilts. She buys feed sacks, old quilt tops, quilts, and every piece of reproduction '30s fabric she finds. Collecting old patterns and drafting her own from found quilts has allowed her to make quilts that she feels need to be in her home. In 1998, Kay and her sister, Karen Earlywine, bought a little house in the hill country of Texas as a quilting getaway.
Karen Earlywine was the youngest of four children in a post-war family in Texas. She was two years old when the family moved to New Mexico. Karen, her husband, and their grown children still live in the southwestern part of the state.
Quilting became an important part of Karen's life in 1977. Now the most important thing in her life is her family. Four young grandchildren have new quilts as they go from cradles to cribs to beds. College graduations and other events in the lives of close friends and family are celebrated with the gift of a quilt.
Years of working on old homes and collecting antiques intensified the interest Karen has in reproduction fabrics and quilts of the past. She and sister Kay Connors both share this passion and try to get away to their shared house in Texas to scout the area for fabric and antique treasures as often as possible.