Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fancy to Frugal by Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine.

This whole week I was reviewing 2 great books, so to begin with I started with " Fancy to Frugal" by Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine. We all love to have something that has been passed on to us with love and fond memories  from our grandmother or great-grandmother. This book takes you back in time where while you work on this project you would create some beautiful quilts from the 30's. This books contains 10 patterns with very well written and easy to understand language.It has small paper clipping which talks about the 30's. There is also a chapter included " Quilting Basics" which helps you from Selecting fabric, Rotary cutting. Machine & Chain piecing to Binding and Finishing the quilt. Most of the projects are pieced however there is also applique work in some of the quilts. These project sizes are for big quilts however you can use these designs to make a pretty wall hanging to table mats or table runner.

I am a novice in quilting however i thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am sure and can assure that all quilter's would love to own a copy of this book.

About the author: Kay Connors was born in Texas, raised in New Mexico, and she has had homes in Colorado, California, Washington, Alaska, and Idaho, where she has lived since 1979. She has been quilting since 1973, first to use up fabric, and then to feed her passion. She is a contemporary quilter, but finds she can't pass up anything having to do with old quilts. She buys feed sacks, old quilt tops, quilts, and every piece of reproduction '30s fabric she finds. Collecting old patterns and drafting her own from found quilts has allowed her to make quilts that she feels need to be in her home. In 1998, Kay and her sister, Karen Earlywine, bought a little house in the hill country of Texas as a quilting getaway.

Karen Earlywine was the youngest of four children in a post-war family in Texas. She was two years old when the family moved to New Mexico. Karen, her husband, and their grown children still live in the southwestern part of the state. Quilting became an important part of Karen's life in 1977. Now the most important thing in her life is her family. Four young grandchildren have new quilts as they go from cradles to cribs to beds. College graduations and other events in the lives of close friends and family are celebrated with the gift of a quilt. Years of working on old homes and collecting antiques intensified the interest Karen has in reproduction fabrics and quilts of the past. She and sister Kay Connors both share this passion and try to get away to their shared house in Texas to scout the area for fabric and antique treasures as often as possible.

Pros: Beautiful pictures with easy to understand explanation.
Cons: None.
Overall: Great Book. 
ISBN: 978-1-60468-000-3
Books can be purchased at Amazon and Martingale and Company
Picture and author's bio copyright of Martingale and Company.
Special thanks for review copy to Martingale and Company.

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