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Monday, March 31, 2008


Book Review: Legends, by Laurel Burch

Legends: 9 Quilts Inspired by the Earth, Sea, and Sky

By Laurel Burch
C&T Publishing, 2007
Paperbound, 64 pages
Retail: $29.95

Laurel Burch has an unmistakable folkloric style in all of her work, whether it be jewelry, wearables, or quilt design. I must admit to being charmed by each of her new collections. But a really distinctive style is a double-edged sword. As much as I’m charmed by her work, it has begun to look all the same to me, and become a bit cloying. There is a lot of free-form (or template) cutting, appliqué, and surface embellishment in the quilts in this book, and it comes with a set of templates to help you out. If you’re primarily a traditional piecer, this book will present a challenge. On the other hand, if you’re already using fabric markers and other embellishments, there are some good new ideas and techniques here. Ever tried sponging paint on a quilt? If you’re not in the mood for the mess, Legends is great eye candy.

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