Title: Red & White Quilts
Author: That Patchwork Place
Genre: Nonfiction, Instructional, Quilting
Source: Free ARC from That Patchwork Place
Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from That Patchwork Place via Edelweiss. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Of all the quilting books I’ve read, Red & White Quilts has by far the most ornate piecing. Though there are a few mid-beginner quilts included, most are at least intermediate, tackling techniques that a beginner like myself only dream of trying. You know, when I’m comfortable enough with the basics to want something more challenging (such as applique, curved seams, and paper piecing).
As far as I can tell, most of the patterns are not precut friendly, so be prepared to cut templates and yardage (again, not something I’ve spent a lot of time doing at this juncture in my quilting education). However, all of the templates are included, and if transferred to template material, can be reused.
Can you tell that I read this book and thought “I’m not ready!” over and over? Because that is absolutely the case. BUT. The included quilts, all designed and pieced by well-known quilters like Camille Roskelley, Sue Daley, and Lissa Alexander, are stunning. The gorgeous, intricate, classic kind of quilts that a beginner aspires to one day sew themselves. Not only is every quilt absolutely dreamy, but the point is quickly and easily proved that the combination of red and white fabric is timeless.
Most of these patterns I would not attempt at this point, but I would buy the book anyway, to remind myself of where this hobby can lead me down the road. Besides, who doesn’t love a pretty quilt?