Quilt designer Wendy Sheppard brings together bursts of color using current fabrics and simplified construction techniques to adapt antique quilts into projects for today's quilters.
Five historic quilts from museum collections form the inspiration for ten projects, appealing to quilters of all skill levels.
Techniques include piecing and appliqué. Notes on quilting designs are provided.
Projects include a table topper, table runner, wall hangings, and quilts in a variety of designs.
Reviewed by Insights from SewCalGal on sewcalgal.blogspot.com; December, 2014
Recreating Antique Quilts is packed with inspirational designs that all come with well written instructions that are easy to follow and also include great visuals, making this book perfect for quilters of all levels. Some of the projects use machine applique where applique templates are provided and there are also templates for some of the pieced quilts. Tips are also shared for precision piecing, along with suggestions and designs for free-motion quilting.
Projects include a lovely pillow, beautiful table topper/runners, stunning wallhangings, and quilts in a variety of sizes (e.g. 57- 1/2" x 61-1/2" to 56" x 68").
From a historical perspective, Wendy also shares a picture of an antique quilt, along with insights about that quilt, which gave her inspiration for each project she included in this book.
Ultimately, I'm confident this is going to be a Best Selling Quilting Book and there will be many quilters that make refreshing heirloom quilts using designs that Wendy has included in this wonderful new book.
Reviewer: Barbara Rhoades; October, 2014
Wendy is a gal after my own heart. She is able to see the “old” and make it new. And that is exactly what she has done in this book.
The book starts with a full page about the author. With 10 quilts, shown in both the old fabric and the new ones she choose, this book will keep you working through the night. Using piecing and applique, you too can create these old quilts with the newer fabric. The applique templates are included at full size when needed.
The written instructions are well written and there are plenty of graphics to help you make sure you are on the right path. Colored photos of the old and new are included, along with finished block and project size.
How the finished items were quilted is given in a colored box. The photos are detailed enough that you can see how the author did the quilting as well as I do love to know which motifs were used. If you love the old quilt patterns but want to use newer fabric, this book will be a great guide to do just that.