For those of you who love literature and quilting this delightful quilting book gives you all the diamonds blocks found in Linda Franz's award winning quilt, Love and Friendship, that took first place ribbon in the Vermont Quilt Festival. Linda's unique approach presents these challenging, but very charming little diamond blocks as an homage to the Jane Stickle Quilt (Dear Jane), the Jane Austen Quilt, and the Jane Austen novels.

  • 209 diamond patterns from Love & Friendship, named with quotations from Jane Austen's novels
  • photo of the Jane Austen Quilt (1812)
  • photo of the Jane Stickle Quilt (1863)
  • illustrated, easy-to-follow directions for
  • hand piecing
  • applique‚ & reverse applique‚
  • settings for diamonds
  • innovative hand quilting designs
  • scalloped bindings

Review by Sharla Hicks

For those of you who love literature and quilting this delightful quilting book gives you all the diamonds blocks found in Linda Franz's award winning quilt, Love and Friendship, that took first place ribbon in the Vermont Quilt Festival. Linda's unique approach presents these challenging, but very charming little diamond blocks as an homage to the Jane Stickle Quilt (Dear Jane), the Jane Austen Quilt, and the Jane Austen novels.

Hand piecers and applique‚ lovers will be in heaven. Even though this book emphasis is on hand piecing and applique, machine piecers who enjoy a challenge will find the book's detailed instructions for hand piecing excellent material for hints on how to successfully machine piece the blocks.

For those of you who do not know, Jane Austen, the famous novelist, made a diamond medallion quilt with her sister and her mother. The Dear Jane quilt was made by Jane Stickle, and is documented in Brenda Papadakis's book, Dear Jane. In Quilted Diamonds Linda brings a marriage of interests into a unique interpretation of Dear Jane and Jane Stickle blocks turned into diamond blocks. The challenge of the drafting alone is a feat to be marveled and makes the book worth the price.

Add in Linda's unique presentation of taking on Jane Austen's voice as she presents each block name in Old English script and a loving quotation from one of the Austen novel's, each quotation brings to life a character or theme from the Austen's works. The Old English is fun to read and your imagination will take you into the Austen novels and PBS's Master Piece Theater imagery of days gone by from the upper class society in England.

Linda has gone to a great deal of work to give a historical reference and perspective. Each block is presented on a half page making them generous in size and giving plenty of room for the block name, quotation, piecing chart, quilt block picture, suggestions for piecing techniques, and the keycodes used to indicate sources where the block has been published.

Linda further elaborates: "In Quilted Diamonds...., the twenty border diamonds are named after places in Jane Austen's novels and the nine blocks in the center medallion are named for places that were important in Jane Austen's life. All the blocks are associated with phrases and situations from the six novels and Jane Austen's letters."

Linda tells us on her website:

  • Each individual piece in a pattern has an arrow to indicate suggested grain line.
  • Every pattern also has references to the detailed sewing instructions, when appropriate (e.g. curved seams, inset seams, applique‚).
  • For some diamonds, a small diagram suggesting a sewing sequence is next to the pattern.
  • There are references to similar square blocks in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Blocks, and Brenda Papadakis's Dear Jane?which was the first and most significant inspiration for the diamonds of Love & Friendship.
  • There is a chart with the patterns in Chapter Three which arranges the diamonds in several categories (mirror image, inset seams, many seams converging, curved seams, easiest, hardest, applique‚ and reverse applique‚) and provides cross-references to the step-by-step instructions.

Detailed instruction and excellent photography show the hand piecing and applique‚ steps. Each picture and piecing chart leads you easily through block construction using freezer paper templates.

 

Book Information

Author:
Linda Franz

Quilted Diamonds 1

Linda Franz, Linda Franz
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