Monday, June 27, 2011


I'm pleased to announce my most recent quilt book editing project—a captivating collection of 1800s reproduction quilts by the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas, a Texas-based block exchange group with a passion for recreating (and sometimes reinventing) quilted treasures of the past. Written by Patchwork Diva co-founders Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle, History Repeated: Block Exchange Quilts by the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas offers 16 classic quilt patterns. Many of you Kansas City Star quilt book fans may recognize Betsy's name from her first book with us, Gone to Texas.

Each of the projects was inspired by the Patchwork Divas' love of antique 19th-century quilts. Betsy (on the right) and Carol (on the left) are amazingly adept at combining colors in the wonderful palette of 1800s reproduction fabrics.

It was love at first sight when I saw Betsy's Wheel of Fortune quilt (with the green garden-maze setting), which is featured prominently on the book cover above. I also fell in love with Carol's Nine-Patch Pinwheels quilt (below). I took this photo of it at the location shoot in Kansas City.

All the setting photos were shot on location in a charming historical home in Kansas City. When we were searching for possible photo shoot locations, a KC-area friend had recommended this particular historical house to me and after Carol and Betsy whittled down the location options, it turned out to be the one. Carol then coordinated all of the necessary details to make it happen. Here are some other photos I took on the day of the location shoot. In addition to the 16 patterned quilts, we also included photo galleries of additional quilts made by the Patchwork Divas throughout the book for extra inspiration. This quilt is one of the few signature quilts made by the group.

All the quilts, including this Blindman's Fancy beauty, melded perfectly with the home's antique furnishings. Don't you just want to curl up for an afternoon nap underneath this lovely quilt?

Each of the book's chapters feature detailed block instructions that you can easily adapt for your own block exchange as well as one to three setting options for completing your quilts. And for those who prefer to make the quilts individually, each setting option also includes all the necessary block instructions to successfully complete the projects from start to finish.

To see more of the beautiful quilts, you'll have to run out and purchase a copy of this inspiration-packed book that will be arriving in quilt shops very soon. I hope these photos have piqued your curiosity! Stay tuned for a special giveaway next month, when I'll be giving away a copy of the book to one of my wonderful followers.