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Books - 1930s/40s
Books in this department will help you recreate 1930s and 1940s quilts. Well-loved and filled with memories, these quilt books will take you back in time.


A Simple Life
A Simple Life includes quilts inspired by the '50s, a peek back into the 1950s through the entries of Hazel Ilene Hyde into her little red diary through high school. The projects have retro country flair. A main quilt is a featured block of the month program. Six additional quilts, a tablecloth and dresser scarf are all made based on the diary. Author: Shelly Pagliai; Kansas City Star; 94 pages; softcover.

Price: $27.95    
 


A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue
Using today's fabrics, authors Christine Porter and Darra Williamson have given Sunbonnet Sue an updated look. You can create the same look or use 1930s/40s reproductions for a more traditional project. There are 12 small quilts featuring different themes--one for each month of the year. Full-size pattern pieces and fast-and-easy fusible applique are also included.

Price: $24.99    
 


Alphabet Quilt Book
This book presents the vintage applique patterns for the Alphabet Quilt first published in the 1930s as part of the Nancy Page quilt club. Six inch square are the idea size for a crib quilt (37" x 55"). Three inch makes a smaller quilt as a nice gift for a new baby. Personalize it with embroidery in the borders with birth information. Directions are given for freezer paper applique where you can hold the applique turn under without having to baste.

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Price: $19.99    

 


Anna's Quilt
A goosebump moment of discovering her Aunt Anna's quilt in a book led Donna di Natale on a hut for the quilt's origin. And the enduring freshness of the 1930s quilt design led her to recreating the quilt using modern techniques and materials. The templates for the quilt are based on the original design. Other projects include a wool applique wall hanging, and a small table topper. Every project contains the rose applique found in Anna's original quilt to demonstrate the timelessness of the design. Author: Donna di Natale; Kansas City Star Quilts; 64 pages; softcover.

Price: $23.95    
 


Bear Paw Quilt Book Compilation
We bet you'll bearly be able to stand how adorable this quilt really is! And, once it's completed, you'll know you made it with your own bear hands! And whether you make it for your dear, sweet honey or as a gift for friends, it's definitely going to be a beary special quilt they'll love to hibernate with. Click on the picture for more details on what is included in this delightful book. Editor: Rachel Greco; Grandma's Attic; 38 pages; softcover with spiral bind.

Price: $19.95    
 


Caring for Your Quilts
Should you quilt the top that you found at the estate sale? Is it possible to get that nasty stain out of your favorite quilt? Hallye Bone of St. Louis, Missouri answers these questions and more. She packs a wealth of information on how to care for your beloved textiles into this handy little volume. You'll find tips on storing, laundering, airing and displaying your quilts. Hallye tells how to make much-needed repairs on worn binding, applique and pieced areas, even on holes that go completely through the quilt. Whether you're a quilter or a collector, you'll want this book at your fingertips.

Price: $9.99    
 


Fancy to Frugal
Create the nostalgic heirloom quilts you've always dreamed of with authentic quilt patterns from the 1930s. This book is a follow-up to the book Link to the 30s. It offers 10 authentic patterns from the 1930s. True to the era, with intricate hand-quilting patterns incorporated into every project, the quilts are nothing less than exquisite. You'll learn a variety of techniques as you feature the reproduction fabrics you love in quilts that will be treasured for generations to come.

Price: $26.99    
 


Farm Fresh Quilts
Celebrate the simple life with these farm fresh quilts. The hens, chicks, pigs, cow and bees are inspired quilts, toppers, a pillow and tea towels. There are six beautiful quilts and eight projects, including a Simple Life quilt where everything comes together. Author: Kim Gaddy; Kansas City Star; 84 pages; softcover.

Price: $24.95    
 


Feedsack Secrets
The poverty of the Depression and fabric shortages during World War II made feedsacks highly important to the quilter during the 1930s and 1940s. In Feedsack Secrets, quilt historian Gloria Nixon gives us fascinating tidbits about the patterned feedsack. Women met regularly for fabric swaps. Fabric restrictions dictated styles. Feedsacks played a part in political contests, accurately predicting Truman's win in the 1948 presidential election. A feed company held a contest for the best-dressed chicken. Nixon's Feedsack Secrets is a colorful, fun and fascinating ride through a great period of American fabric history.

Price: $24.99    
 


Flying Geese Quilt in a Day
you must try this fast, easy method of making perfect Geese from just two squares. Plus there is very little waste. The method is even simpler using our 4"x8" Geese ruler!

Price: $14.95    
 


Grandma's Bunnies
Back by popular demand, Grandma's Bunnies is packed with bunnies to appliqué or embroider. Inspired by a collection of appliquéd quilt blocks inherited from her grandmother, Author Darcy Ashton finished the quilt; then drew even more rabbits and made her own version of the quilt. Now you can use Darcy's bunnies to make one too! Instructions for both hand and machine appliqué are included. As a special bonus, this book is signed by the author herself!

Price: $21.99    
 


Grandpa's Farm Book
Now in spiral bound book form, Grandpa's Farm is a delightful look back to boyhood summers on the farm. Inspired by a visit to relatives in Kansas, this Calico Hills Farm quilt contains 14 individual 12" blocks, plus one large center panel featuring the barn. Finished is quilt is approximately 72" x 90". Book includes full size pull-out patterns for the middle panel.

Price: $29.95    
 


Great Granny Squared
Here's a new twist on a traditional block. Simplified instructions allow you to make granny blocks in several sizes. Instructions for two quilts, a table runner, a pillow and two adorable embroidery quilt labels are included. Author: Lori Holt; Fat Quarter Shop; 37 pages; softcover.

Price: $13.95    
 


Irish Chain in a Day
In this second edition, Eleanor Burns updates her classic Irish Chain in a Day with full-color photos and instructions for both the single and double irish chain. These quilts are classics that you will want to make over and over again.

Price: $18.95    
 


Orphan Block Quilts
Orphan blocks can find their way into any quilter's life. Whether they are left over from an unfinished project, collectible blocks found at a garage sale, or even antique blocks discovered in your Great Aunt's attic, author Tricia Lynn Maloney will teach you how to care and make a home for them. There are 14 projects with 11 variations, from full-size bed quilts to table runners, incorporating blocks from the 1880s to the 1950s. Advice on settings is included.

Price: $24.99    
 


Overall Boys Book
All your favorite Overall Boys are featured in this cute quilt by Patti-Ann Publications. You'll find Suspender Sam, Overall Bill, Fisherman Fred, Farmer Ted, Gardening Gus and more. The 12 applique blocks can be done with either traditional or fusible applique. Full-sized patterns and templates are included. Finished quilt measures 62" x 78". Author: Patti-Ann Publications; softcover.

Price: $19.95 Patti-Ann Publications   
 


Preserving History
Discover how to reproduce the time-honored treasures of the past with authenticity and ease. Create your own version of antique designs from a stunning collection of history-rich quilts spanning the late 1800s through the 1930s. Detailed instructions for constructing your reproduction from start to finish are included. Author: Julie Hendricksen; Martingale Press; 80 pages; softcover.

Price: $24.99    
 


Quilting Those Flirty 30s
Author Cynthia Tomaszewski presents a charming selection of applique projects showcasing 1930s reproduction fabrics. These unique patterns sparkle with an updated, trendy look. There are 11 delightful designs, including an apron, table runner, potholders, tea cozy, quilts and more. Tasty cookie recipes are also included.

Price: $28.99    
 


Revival
The Colonial Revival era of the 1920s and 30s linked quiltmakers' busy hands with a longing for the past, especially for Colonial times. Members of the American Quilt Study Group accepted the challenge to study quilts of this era by making reproductions of those Colonial Revival quilts from the early 20th century. Included in the book are 28 study quilts, with patterns for 10. Fifteen of the 28 quilts are traveling across the country in a special exhibit. Author: American Quilt Study Group; Kansas City Star; 96 pages; softcover.

Price: $27.95    
 


Roaring Through the 20s
Carolyn McCormick brings you a pair of delightful paper pieced sampler quilts using patterns from the 1920s. You can choose to make a large quilt using the 20 ten-inch patterns or a miniature using the four inch patterns. She's even included a bonus five inch pattern for a ribbon border. The book gives you a glimpse into the flapper era with vignettes straight from the 1920s era Montgomery Ward's catalogue.

Price: $29.95    
 


Sewing with Oilcloth
Fun, fun, fun! The 20 patterns in this book make sewing with oilcloth easy, fresh and fun. If you are intrigued by the variety of oilcloths available today, you'll love this book. Easy-to-follow instructions, special tips and tricks needed to get the most of these fabrics are included. Treatment and care of the finished products is also included. Author: Kelly McCants; Wiley Press; 152 pages; softcover.

Price: $18.99    
 


Sunbonnet ABCs Redwork Book
Sunbonnet ABCs features Molly and Mae as they learn their ABCs. The blocks in this charming spiral bound book are fun-to-stitch and easy-to-do. Each letter of the alphabet is drawn and detailed with Molly and Mae featured in the block. The text that goes with each Letter is also included. This is the original text from the old-fashioned horn book, spiral bound for ease of use. Please Note: The book contains approximately 30 black and white designs suitable for Redwork embroidery. The only color is on the cover.

Price: $19.95    
 


Sunbonnet Sue
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Follow Sunbonnet Sue as she goes about her chores in this creative interpretation of a quilt lover's classic. Originally designed by Pat Smith as a Block of the Month program for Grandma's Attic, all 12 blocks are included in one convenient package. Easy-to-follow instructions for both traditional and fusible web applique methods are included. Author: Pat Smith; Patti-Ann Publications; softcover.

Price: $19.95    
 


Sunbonnet Sue Visits Quilt in a Day
Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill are featured in this super-easy method of making Sue & Sam blocks. Using reproduction fabrics, you can make this delightful quilt for someone special.

Price: $12.99    
 


The Grandma Blocks Sampler Quilt
You'll bring back memories of your own dear Grandma with our collection of blocks named after Grandma herself. Each block in our 12 block sampler quilt begins with the name "Grandmother" or "Grandma." Constructed using a variety of techniques, you'll find all your favorites: Grandmother's Fan, Grandmother's Choice, and more. Click through for more details.

Price: $10.00 Start Up Fee   
 


The Magic Vine
In the 1930s, quilt pattern designer Florence LaGanke Harris wrote a nationwide syndicated newspaper column under the title of "The Nancy Page Quilt Club." The column ran for 17 years. Each week, Florence printed a pattern from a quilt and gave her readers a week to complete the block. The Magic Vine is one of her featured quilts. Now Eleanor Burns has brought back all 22 flower patterns from Florence's Magic Vine quilt with some simplification to make it easy for you to complete. You will love making this old-fashioned quilt using Eleanor's updated methods.

Price: $27.95    
 


Ultimate Sunbonnet Sue Collection
There are 24 delightful Machine Appliqué Sunbonnet Sue Blocks featured in this collection of blocks. Whether you a novice or a master quilter the complete instructions including easy-to-understand methods of machine and traditional hand appliqué will guide you in bringing this sweet lady to life. You'll also learn how small touches of hand embroidery can add detail to the storybook scenes of her day-to-day activities.

Price: $8.95    
 


Victory Girls
Featuring Patriotic Quilts and Rugs of WWII, sisters Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson celebrate the brave women who kept the home fires burning during World War II. An eye-popping 9-block applique quilt to commemorate the achievements of the Victory girls is included. There are also designs to embellish a Land of the Free denim jacket, plus basic rug hooking instructions and designs for four new primitive rugs. Kansas City Star; 112 pages plus full-size pull-out patterns; softcover.

Price: $26.95    
 


Vintage Quilt Treasures
Timeless treasures from the 1930s resurface in Anne Dutton's colorful and new way. Quilts in the book range in size from 42" - 79". There are a total of eight quilt designs, all from cute and classic blocks to make these projects valued treasures in your home. You'll find Scottie dogs, cats and sunbonnets. Paper piecing as well as embroidery are just two of the techniques used to create the quilts and blocks. Author: Anne Dutton; AQS Publishing; 64 pages; softcover.

Price: $19.95