Sunday, March 25, 2012
Victory Quilts Book Review...And Giveaway!
The Kansas City Star (publisher of my Quilts of the Golden West book) sent me some books to review and give away...so here's the first! I'll be giving away a book every week for a while -- so stop by and see what's up. All you need do is post a comment at the end. Subscribe to the blog, or sign up for e-mail updates, and you'll win an extra chance at the book! Entries will be closed Saturday morning, March 31, at noon MST, and a winner will be drawn randomly Saturday night.
This week's giveaway:
PATRIOTIC QUILTS AND RUGS OF WWII
by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson
Two sisters came up with the idea for this extensive pattern book, inspired by their access to WWII era graphics, as well as family connections and quilts. One of the best parts of this book is that it's not just limited to quilts -- there are some interesting hooked rug patterns, too. And they use some of the favorite motifs from the 1940s era, including stars, eagles, and of course, the "V for Victory" motif that Winston Churchill made famous.
Don't expect that these patterns are authentic down-to-the-last-thread copies of WWII designs. They're not. These are modern projects inspired by that time period, with design connections to quilts, rugs and other textiles from then. The difference can be subtle on occasion, but is definitely there -- kind of the same approach as Barbara Brackman used for her book Civil War Quilts.
If you like patriotic themes -- or enjoy good clear directions and patterns that you can use to make the projects in the book, or adapt for your own work -- you'll find this book helpful. If you have family members who fought during WWII, or lived through the dangerous later years of the Great Depression, you'll also find plenty to interest you, as well.
(Curious? Want to learn more? See pages from the book here.)
Now get this book for free, just by adding a comment! (For additional chances, subscribe by 'following' or signing up for e-mail updates -- one per.) Ends 3/31/12, noon MST.