Title: Baskets of Treasures
Author: Edie McGinnis
Publisher: Kansas City Star Books
Published Date: 2003
Suggested Retail Price: $24.95
ISBN #: 0-9746012-3-3
Review: By Dori Hawks
Combine 20 basket patterns and a tour of the Arabia Steamboat Museum and you have a book packed full of information and quilt projects to keep you busy for quite awhile.
This is Edie McGinnis's sixth book about Kansas City Star Patterns. 14 out of 20 of the blocks were first published in the Kansas City Star newspaper. Each pattern has full-sized templates for cutting your pieces (no rotary cutting directions). The template method is great for those who piece by hand, and are also good for cutting odd shapes.
In the first few pages of the book is an explanation of the sinking of the steamship Arabia in the Missouri River in 1856,and the eventual discovery of it in a cornfield (1987). Then, throughout the book are pictures of objects found on the Arabia, and short stories relating to the objects.
This book is full of history, both in things found about the Arabia and about the quilting patterns. The directions are complete and well-organized, plus the illustrations of steps in the assembly of the blocks are very clear.
Look for this book at your favorite quilt shop!
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1729 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64108
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