When I was asked by F + W if I wanted to review Dear Quilty: 12 Easy Patchwork Quilts + Great Quilting Advice, by Mary Fons (Fons & Porter/F+W; $22.99), I jumped at the opportunity. I knew the magazine was stopping publication and wondered if the book would be a good resource to replace the magazines. Quilty was one of the first magazines I bought when I started quilting and continue to reference for patterns and inspiration.
Each project has clear pictures along with diagrams, well written instructions and ideas for how to vary the pattern. There are patterns from Mary Fons, Tula Pink, Erica Jackman, Anna Graham, Christa Watson and more. Here is one of my favorites:
I think I would even make it in a similar cool colorway. It’s just gorgeous.
Each of the patterns tells the story of the designer, the fabrics they used and why they were chosen for the book. Beyond the patterns, there are tips about the perfect 1/4″ seam, making a design wall, flying geese and using a rotary cutter. I love the sections on the history of quilting and the origins of many of the quilts we see today. This is a go-to book for those starting to quilt and for those of us who “forget” the quilting details. There are even bonus small projects such as a Farmer’s Market Tote and Gift Card Pockets.
After reading the book, I knew I wanted to chat with Mary through a podcast. She had resigned from Quilty and I wanted to know where she was headed next. Luckily, she agreed! We talk about the “soul” of quilts, “activism through consumerism”, why she left Quilty and what she is working on now. I hope you enjoy the episode!
*While F+W provided me with the book, my opinions are my own.*