Fons & Porter, 2016; $24.99
You don’t HAVE to enjoy quilt history to enjoy Mountain Mist Historical Quilts, but if you do, you’re in for a very special treat. With loads of information on the Stearns & Foster Company and its Mountain Mist batting free quilt pattern promotions, as well as the history of the quilt collection that resulted, this book is a must-read for any quilter with a historical bent.
But that’s just one tiny aspect of this wonderful book, which I’ve been awaiting with my breath held for about a year now, ever since I learned it was in the works. I well remember the Mountain Mist batting wrappers and the quilt patterns inside, as do many quilters. It was fun, exciting, and a genuine tradition! My fingers were crossed that this book would prove worthy of its subject, and it does not disappoint.
Linda Pumphrey selected 14 classic quilt patterns from the Mountain Mist collection and recreated them with modern fabrics (and in some cases updated techniques) to include in this book. Many of the patterns even include information on Accuquilt® Go! dies useful for cutting patches for that particular quilt, taking these instructions right into the 21st century.
And the quilts…oh, the quilts! Not only are Linda’s recreations gorgeous, but we’re also treated to photos of the original sample quilts, now in the care of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.
The Tools and Techniques section at the back of the book is a well-written and comprehensive review of quilt making basics. It won’t be all the instruction needed by an absolute beginner quilter, but it’s a helpful review for anyone with a little experience to fall back on.
If historical quilts are your thing…or if you’re looking for fabulous pieced and appliqued quilt patterns to make your very own…give this book a look today!