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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing (10 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607058456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607058458
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 0.6 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Love the idea of heirloom quilts but don't want to be hampered by tradition? Sherri McConnell strikes an inspiring balance between paying tribute to her grandmother's quilting skills and styles, and working with today's funky fabrics and designs. Whether you, like me, have an overflowing collection of "too-nice-to-use" fat quarters, your scrap fabric stash is taking over your storage space, or your simply have your eye on the latest Moda charm pack, there is sure to be a project in "Fresh Family Traditions" which will appeal. This beautiful guide brings favourite quilt patterns bang up to date and includes a section of quiltmaking basics, plus eighteen different projects. Most of them feature quilts, both large and small, but there are also pillows and table runners. I would have appreciated a greater number of smaller, simpler projects, but then, I am a beginner, and the techniques could be adapted to make placemats, bags, and so on. Sherri McConnell talks us through her design process, encouraging readers to consider how best to work with different block shapes - I'd not heard of Tumbler or Spool quilts! - and fabrics, both in terms of prints, patterns and colours. Combining geometric prints with floral fabrics and polka dots with hexagons are some of her favourite approaches. A breathtaking collection of bright, lighthearted, modern fabrics and skills handed down from one generation to the next that will make you want to get your freezer paper and rotary cutter out, right now! Sherri demonstrates that she's got an eye for detail with this collection of eighteen heirloom quilts, all of which are inspired by traditional blocks. We love that the projects feature fabrics from some of our favourite modern designers (oh, and the photography is absolutely beautiful, too!) Several of the quilts featured have already leapt to the top of our to-do list.-Love Patchwork & Quilting Sherri McConnell has delved into her personal family history of quilting and explored the techniques, fabrics and designs her relatives used to produce new takes with her own spin. The resulting book and the quilts featured within it are both clearly labours of love. The quilt that inspired the book, a Bear Paw design in appealing bright colours, is a riff on a quilt made by the author's great-great-grandmother - its contemporary appeal certainly illustrates that good design never truly goes out of fashion. But the book is far more than a collection of excellent quilting designs; the author treats us to an interesting examination of her inspirations which are sure to strike a chord with most of us, and even an insight into her own studio space. It's hard not to be swept along by Sherri's passion for her quilting and the stories her family quilts tell. This inspiring and effusive book is a pleasure; we loved the Kitchen Sink quilt so much that we've featured it in this month's magazine!-Popular Patchwork

About the Author

Sherri McConnell began her quilting journey in the early 1990s, inspired and taught by her grandmother. Sherri loves designing, creating, and sharing her expertise by publishing her designs in magazines and books and by blogging about her quilting life. Sherri lives in rural southern Nevada.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sara on 21 Mar. 2015
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Completely Enchanting 27 Mar. 2014
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Sherri McConnell reminds us that quilts are not just about cleverly constructed blocks or flowing lines of quilting stitches. In Fresh Family Traditions, it's the fabrics themselves that step forward to be noticed. White space sets off the carefully selected fabric prints, framing them for their due admiration. The eye will linger and the fabric lover will start searching for that - and it has to be THAT - print. (Warning: there WILL be shopping ...)

There are 18 projects, including 3 pillows and 1 table runner that are based on a larger quilt pattern. Some templates and the occasional Y-seam are required. No "special" rulers are needed beyond a basic 6x12-inch or 8x24-inch ruler WITH eighth-inch markings. (I also regularly use an 8-inch Bias Square. It's indispensable for both cutting and sizing up small blocks or block segments.) A small rotary cutter will be helpful for cutting fabrics from curved templates. Tips are plentiful without being distracting.

The smallest quilt is "Kitchen Sink" at 30x34 inches; it's the jaunty hexagon/Tumbling Block quilt featured as the cover's backdrop. The largest is "Sassy" at 70.5x82.5 inches. It's basically a 3-step Courthouse Step patch, with an enlarged first step that nicely outlines a favorite print. Many of the quilts are borderless, and all are brightly invigorating. Some, such as "Indian Summer" (an Album Block with punchy jewel tones) incorporate expanses of white background for quilting.

There's a wide range of fabric themes used here, including mods, florals, and solids. Nearly all lines are identified, with an abundance of Moda and a smattering of Riley Blake, Rowan/Westminster, and others. These fresh prints are what update the traditional blocks McConnell has chosen, such as Dresden Plate, Bear Paw, Variable Star, Log Cabin, and Rail Fence.

McConnell personalizes the book throughout, sharing how some of the quilts came about and how she derived their names. Three "inspiration" sections are interleaved among the projects, including 2 pages showing her own home studio. Homage is paid to her grandmothers, who clearly were talented not just at quilting but passing along the love of it.

Very nice, and highly recommended for all skill levels.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
if not my favorite, quilt books 17 Sept. 2014
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Usually when I buy a quilt book I find 2 or 3 quilts that I actually want to make. I literally want to make almost every quilt in this book! It is one of, if not my favorite, quilt books! If you're looking for just a sweet, nostalgic book of patterns then this is for you. There is definitely room for you to add some modern style but I would say the emphasis is on traditional patterns. I love the traditional quilts. These will remind you of quilts you've seen before in vintage quilts or maybe even some that were made by your family members in the past. It's worth the buy 100%
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Review of "Fresh Family Traditions" 11 Jun. 2014
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A beautiful book, I would like to make all the quilts! I love vintage linens and quilts and now I can replicate these heirloom patterns! Thank you!
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I just love this book 19 April 2014
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I am so excited to have this book.
There are so cute and nice quilts in this book.
I can not wait to make some quilts from this book.
Fresh Family Traditions 17 May 2014
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I must have just added his book to my lengthy Wish List when my son got it for me for Mother's Day. I didn't recognize the cover, but that was okay as I'm always happy to get a new quilt book any time of the day! This is a great book on quilting using many old favorite block designs made fresh and new with bright prints. There were quilts in various sizes including a couple wall hanging quilts that could also be used to make a Project Linus quilt or other charity or gift quilt for a baby. This past year I have broken down and bought Dresden Plate and hexagon/diamond acrylic templates so cutting out pieces aren't such a tough proposition for me. Which opens up the ability for me to make any of the quilts featured in the book if I care to. Most of the quilts I would say would be easy enough for beginner quilters on up. Simple designs that can change so much just by switching out colors and adjusting the size of the quilt to your needs.

These are practical quilts with old fashioned designs, not 'art' quilts, no painting or dying involved many of the quilts can be made from your scrap pile or by deciding which one you want to make and saving up the appropriate sized scraps as you finish other projects.
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