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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.
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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.
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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.
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on 4 April 2016
A lovely book. It is a review of Lucy Boston's life in quilts. Although it has beautiful pictures you will need some quilt experience to reproduce these famous quilts, as there are no actual templates or instructions. I can really recomend this book, and also making a pilgrimage to her fascinating home near Cambridge at Hemmingford Grey.
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I love this book and adore paper pieced quilts. It would have had 5* if the photography printing had been more clear. I think photos in books have come on leaps and bounds since this was printed, so not the fault of anything but it's time.
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on 25 November 2013
What a great book, with excellent photos of her beautiful patchwork quilts. Inspiring.I am in the middle of making lots of paper pieced stars right now!
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on 4 June 2014
This was a first edition copy of the book so was more expensive than its original price. A beautiful book in perfect condition and very well packaged.
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on 26 February 2013
A lovely book with good detailed photos. Everyone who loves patchwork should buy this to have on their reference shelf.
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on 2 October 2014
Amazing lady and incredible creativity.
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