Review by Parm Gosselin
Are you into creating miniature quilts? Well, this book may be for you. This book is comprised of 17 projects made from scrappy reproduction prints. This is Carol Hopkins second book on Civil War Quilts. Carol Hopkins has designed many quilts using reproduction fabrics.
Most of the quilts are small approximately 28 inches by 34 inches, block sizes average 3 inches. Two quilts are of medium size, 51 inch square, and 44 inch square, respectively. Each quilt has detailed instructions on how to piece the blocks. A brief introduction related to the Civil War describes the quilt pattern in each chapter.
With no previous experience in making miniature quilts, I decided that I would review this book and create a miniature quilt. I chose the Bonnet Ties quilt pattern. The quilt measures 27” by 33”, and the blocks are 3”by 3”.
This was also the first time I constructed the pinwheel block. Fabrics used in my version of the quilt were from the modern trend versus the reproduction fabrics used in the book.
The vibrant modern colours gave the quilt a different feel about it. Lesson learned during the quilt making process is that miniature quilts take much longer to complete than bed size quilts, and there is no room to make mistakes! After all blocks were sewn together, the quilt came to life.
The attributes of vintage quilts change when using modern fabrics instead of reproduction fabrics.
So, if you would try a hand on miniature vintage quilts with a modern flair, this book may be for you!
Book photos reprinted from Civil War Legacies II: 17 Small Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics by Carol Hopkins. Photos by Brent Kane; Published by Martingale.