on 30 June 2005
This book features the quilts made by Lucy M Boston who wrote the children's books about Green Knowe. Lucy Boston was expert at making patchwork quilts and worked right up to the time of her death.
No patterns are given for the quilts in the book but they are hardly necessary because in most cases the size of the templates used is given and it would be easy to draft your own. Lucy Boston worked her quilts using the English Piecing method and many of the quilts use very small pieces and complex designs including very intricate eight pointed star blocks. The book is well written and beautifully presented, and gives an interesting insight into her life at The Manor, Hemmingford Grey.
This is one of my favourite patchwork books and I read the Green Knowe children's books many times as a child, it is quite fascinating to see the quilts, some of which are mentioned in these books as part of the story.
Visits can be arranged by appointment to The Manor during which you will see the actual quilts themselves, and details can be found at [...] I recommend this lovely book whether or not you plan a visit and whether or not you have read the children's books. It can quite easily stand on its own as an outstanding presentation of many really beautiful patchwork quilts.
on 2 January 2010
I really cannot praise this book enough. Anyone who does patchwork would love it as the written descriptions of Lucy Boston's patchworks and the photos of them are extremely good. However, it is not only the beautiful patchworks that are an inspiration, it is the details of Lucy Boston herself, which make this book such a revelation and so marvellous. She really sounds an amazing woman, creating original and intricate designs well in to her eighties.
on 25 August 2012
I adore this inspiring book detailing the quilts made by the author Lucy M Boston famous for her Greenknowe books. Those who have read the stories know how Mrs Oldknowe tells Tolly stories of the past inhabitants of the house through the patchworks. It was therefore so special on a visit to the real Greenknowe house, to discover that Lucy was a patchworker herself. Her daughter in law Diana was able to furnish so much detail about Lucy the person, and display the tiny stitches of the pieced over paper quilts. If you can't visit the house for yourself, then do buy the book. It gives another insight to one of the finest children's authors of her generation. How she managed to make some of her later quilts when almost blind is amazing.