Anna Hergert, Art & Design

Book Review: “Tis the Autumn Season”

Book cover002Tis the Autumn SeasonFall Quilts and Decorating Projects” by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks, That Patchwork Place/Martingale Publ., 2013.                      ISBN 978-1-60468-247-2

Martingale Publishing’s tagline is “Create with Confidence,” and once again the members of the editing team have selected a great manuscript to appeal to quilters of all ages and skill levels in 2013.

Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks’ new book has already reached the best seller list and it is easy to understand why. “Tis the Autumn Season” is this team’s third book. (‘Tis the Season, 2010 and Urban Country Quilts, 2011). Choose from twelve distinctive projects supported with detailed patterns in easy to read diagrams and step by step written instructions to move you toward the successful completion of each quilt and home decor item.

A short essay on why to decorate homes with quilts follows Jeanne and Shelley’s introduction. It is hard to resist the full color images, each one beckoning to be reproduced for ones own home or the cottage. Novice quilters will appreciate the chapters on fabric selection and preparation as well as the basic quilt making techniques that include strip piecing and proper pressing.

Many of the quilts feature appliqué that is suitable for novices and experts alike. A full chapter is devoted to the technique, focusing on a variety of applications, including special considerations for using wool. Just before the actual projects begin, the authors stress the importance of finishing with supporting text and diagrams.

From cuddle quilts to table toppers and wall hangings “Tis the Season” has something for everyone. The book actively supports the trend to stay with manageable projects that can be completed in a reasonable time frame for personal enjoyment or gift giving.

‘Tis the Season continues to support Jeanne’s and Shelley’s design style in creating quilts with chunky applique, easy piecing and earth-toned projects. Each quilted project is a testament to their passion of embracing new ideas and keep that sewing machine humming…

…but there is more: When it’s time for a break to gather with family and friends the book provides some tasty recipes that will feed a crowd. We all know – quilters are great cooks and they love to share!

Autumn will be here soon enough – secure your copy today, start collecting fabrics and you will be ready when the weather turns cool. If you don’t have the opportunity to show or want to recreate each project as it is shown in the book, there is more great news: “Tis the Autumn Season” patterns have been kitted by The Quilt Patch in Moose Jaw. You can find their website here and tell them I sent you!

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