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"Heartland Quilts" Book Review posted: 7/31/2003
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Heartland Quilts: Rescued Treasures From The Midwest
By Lila Lee Jones
Chitra Publications

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 quilts.

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

Publisher Website:

2003 Dori Hawks (Reviewer)

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