We’ve attended many markets and shows with our friend Julie and have watched her purchase some wonderful antique quilts that would likely end up in a book at some point. Oh, what fun to recreate them with Julie’s excellent directions! I can hardly wait to start sewing.
On page 13 I love the 3 antique blocks shown at the bottom of the page as well as the red and white border on the quilt above the blocks. We tend to use dark borders but when I see a light border, I like it!
On page 43 Julie points out that some pinwheels turn one way while a few turn the other way – and she also shows a block that has a plaid which nearly overwhelms the pinwheel and star. I love this.
Many antique quilts have light binding, another choice we rarely make but when I see it used I often like it as on the quilt shown on page 66, “In the Pink”.
My favorite quilt in the book is 81 Patch on page 74. This is the only quilt in the book that Julie did not remake and that’s the one I want to start with. After that one I want to make Flying North on page 48. I love the way some of the blocks disappear into the background.
Here’s what Connie says about the book:
I love so many of the quilts in Julie’s new book but I am such a fan of anything with a star pattern that choosing “Star Crossing” was an easy favorite choice. The layout of the Sawtooth Star blocks form a dramatic X which is achieved by simply changing the background fabrics. Brilliant! The other thing I look for is an easy way to increase the size of the quilt to fit my bed. The quilt shown is 74-1/2″” square. Easy to enlarge – just make more blocks. “Star Crossing” is found on page 53. This book is a home run for Julie. Congrats!