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Modern Roots - Today's Quilts from Yesterday's Inspiration


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Introduction Sprigs of Laurel Medallion (Red/White Quilt) approximately 1840, Baltimore Tennessee Pieced Top (off-center NY Beauty) approximately 1860 Crossroads to Bachelor Hall (Red-Green Quilt) pieced, approximately 1870 Pineapple Log Cabin (grey and red) approximately 1890s Lone Star (w/lots of white), Maine, approximately 1890's Log Cabin (Boxes, silk log cabin) from 1900s Radiating Fans (Radiating Circles 2, mixed fabrics) 1920s Log Cabin (lavender and white) approximately 1930s Indiana Puzzle (Snail Trail), 1935 Airplanes (wools) 1937 Stacked Bars (Wonky Coins/improv), 1960s Shadow Box (HST in HST with rounded corners), 1970's About the Author

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Bill Volckening is a quilt collector who studied visual arts and photography at Rhode Island School of Design, School of Visual Arts, and New York University, International Center of Photography. His quilts have been exhibited and published worldwide.


Old quilt designs have been brought right up-to-date to create modern treasures. Bill is a quilt collector and he has created 12 new patterns inspired by quilts from the 1840s to the 1970s. I just love that front cover design, but none of them will disappoint. You'll see the original quilts and Bill's contemporary design. The quilts also have a smaller pattern as an alternative. Clear photos and instructions throughout. Great designs, great colours and I love the fact that these quilts have a history that has been updated to become modern heirlooms of their own. Modern techniques are used throughout. This book includes templates, tips and an introduction giving you the history of each quilt. This is a wonderful book that I am glad to recommend. It's a treasure trove of treasures., 5/23/16 Who doesn't love the look of a vintage quilt? An expert on quilts from all eras, Bill Volckening provides readers with inspiring images of antique quilts, and 12 modern patterns based on vintage pieces. FYICanada's own Krista Hennebury is featured in this book! Quilter's Connection, Summer 2016 Quiltmaker and collector Bill Volckening has been adding eye-catching quilts to his collection for more than 25 years. His acquisitions have been documented in publications, on his blog, and in public exhibitions. In this book, he provides patternsand superb instructionsto make 12 quilts based on his antique and vintage collections. The designs include those built on classics, such as Log Cabin, Pineapple, and Lone Star, as well as others that are less well-known, such as Cross Roads to Bachelor's Hall, shown below left. Bill Volckening draws the reader's attention to any inconsistencies in the original quilts that make them unique and quirky, but also provides alternative instructions for those who might prefer uniformity. Each project is presented in two different sizes and, in addition, some are showcased in a new interpretation made by a quilter working in the 'modern quilt' style. (Abbreviated instructions are provided for these quilts, as well). Lots of diagrams and close-up photographs make the instructions easy to follow. Homespun, June 2016

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