I’ve been sent the eBook of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Appliqué to review by C&T Publishing. I was really excited to take a look as you know appliqué is my favourite quilting technique.
This book is a goldmine of information. For example, do you remember I was talking about the Autumn Leaf Quilt by Ann Orr in my post the other day? Well interestingly enough I found it mentioned in this Encyclopedia of Appliqué. It’s listed under the name Autumn Leaves rather than Autumn Leaf and it is says that it was a Needlecraft Supply Co. kit from 1935!
The book lists 2000 appliqué designs and has 5 patterns that you can make. My favourite is the Oak Leaf and Orange Peel Quilt. It looks lovely in the traditional pale browns, blues and indigo fabrics illustrated but I’d love to see it in Kaffe Fassett fabrics. It would be a stunner!
The designs are all listed both as pictures and by name so you should have no trouble finding what you’re looking for. This book is a great source of inspiration for quilters and an amazing work of scholarship for those who are interested in the history of appliqué in America. I give it 4 stars!