Heartland Quilts: Rescued Treasures From The Midwest
By Lila Lee Jones
Lila Lee Jones "rescues" antique quilt tops and blocks from
auctions and yard sales, and then quilts many of them. "There are purists who will
not "destroy" the integrity of a 19th century quilt top by quilting it. But I feel
that quilt tops and assembled groups of blocks should be quilted, used carefully,
and enjoyed as they were meant to be — as quilts."
As she "rescues" a quilt top or group of blocks, she carefully
records the circumstances and events under which she obtained them. Most of the
tops and blocks that she purchases have no record of who made them and may not
always be in the best condition, but she feels by making them into quilts, they
are now ready to be handed down for posterity.
Since this book has "stories" about how Lila Lee purchased
each top, I had to read all of the stories first. I love to read about real events,
and this made the tops each a little more interesting.
Each quilt has a beautiful color photo, the full story of
its purchase, completion, etc. There is a page of instructions for each quilt with
the full-sized templates on a few pages in the back of the book. Also included,
are general directions on piecing, applique, cutting, assembly, and finishing your
Eleven quilt patterns are included in this compact and
affordable book, each with a wonderful story, photo, and directions. Make sure
the next time you are at your local quilt shop; you pick up a copy of "Heartland
Quilts" by Lila lee Jones.
Publisher Name: Chitra Publications
Publisher Address: 2 Public Avenue
Montrose, PA 18801-1220
©2003 Dori Hawks (Reviewer)