Sunday, February 22, 2015

Quilting with Doilies

Repurposing, upcycling, or recycling vintage textiles is always interesting to me. Barbara Polston's new book Quilting With Doilies offers inspiration, techniques, and projects for using vintage doilies in quilts. I have used them in my fabric 'collages' along with other vintage textiles. I love the ideas in this book!

Polston reviews the different kinds of doilies, their benefits, best uses, and how to deal with the 'cons' of each. She offers advice on shopping for doilies and for cleaning vintage ones.

Then there are 9 chapters of techniques for doily projects with patterns! A supply list is given for each project.

Painting on fabric, double-tabbed edge finish, using silk in quilting, doilies as quilt labels, Broderie Perse, blanket stitch hints, adding words--these are just some techniques from the first few projects!

The book is such a wealth of information I went online and pre-ordered it right away.

Five patterns are included to make Christmas stockings, a tooth fairy pillow, a journal cover, a table runner, a baby quilt, and a patriotic wall hanging.

I love the detailed step-by-step photos. Tips are transferable to other types of projects.

I have a nice collection of doilies stashed away and with Polston's book as inspiration I can't wait to PLAY!

I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Quilting with Doilies: Inspiration, Techniques, Projects
by Barbara Polston
Schiffer Publishing
publication February, 2015
ISBN: 97807646996
$16.99 softcover
80 pages, 137 color photos

About Barbara Polston:

Barbara Polston has been quilting for 20 years. She enjoys showing her quilts and has won numerous awards, including Best of Show, Best Miniature, and Best Amateur Machine Quilting. She enjoys teaching her techniques and talking about her quilts in lectures that often evoke both laughter and tears. Barbara is the Editor of The Quilting Quarterly, the Journal of The National Quilting Association. Prior to that, she was a Contributing Editor for American Quilter, the magazine of the American Quilter’s Society. Barbara has served on the Boards of Directors of Arizona Quilters Guild, The National Quilting Association, and The Association of Pacific West Quilters. Additionally, she was Founder of Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame, served as its first President, and was honored with induction September 2013.