Monday, March 14, 2016

A Different Sort of Quilting Books

I love to quilt, but my day job is teaching. In my Children's Literature class a couple of weeks ago, my students did booktalks about picture books.


I always enjoy their presentations--it is fun to see the range of books they come up with for their reports. This time, however, one of my students talked about a book I had never seen before--The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau, with illustrations by Gail de Marcken. I immediately decided I needed a copy. When I looked it up, I found that there was a second book, entitled The Quiltmaker's Journey, by the same creative team. I also found a book of quilt patterns by Joanne Larsen Line and Nancy Loving Tubesing (also illustrated by Gail de Marcken) that is a companion to the Quiltmaker's books.





Both the fiction books are lovely--stories about the importance of giving and caring. Both are lavishly illustrated by de Marcken, who is herself a quiltmaker.



The Quiltmaker--note the log cabin and the corresponding Log Cabin quilt block.





The greedy King's possessions--many of these are echoed in the quilt shown in the next image.







The Quiltmaker's gift to the now-generous King--the quilt block shown is Peace and Plenty





The endpapers show the quilt blocks from the stories.



The companion book, Quilts from The Quiltmaker's Gift, has patterns, instructions, and photographs of 20 traditional patterns used in the children's books. It also contains stories and pictures of the quiltmakers who created the samples.












The instructions are clear and concise, and the diagrams are straightforward. Charts include the fabric requirements, quilt information, and cutting instructions. Illustrations from de Marcken decorate the pages strengthening the tie with the fictional story.





These books were published in 2000 and 2004, so they have been around for several years. Many people may already be familiar with them, but if you aren't, they are well worth a look. Enjoy!


Brumbeau, Jeff. Illus. Gail de Marcken. The Quiltmaker's Gift. NY: Scholastic, 2000.


---. The Quiltmaker's Journey.  NY: Scholastic, 2004. 


Line, Joanne Larsen and Nancy Loving Tubesing. Illus. Gail de Marcken. Quilts from The Quiltmaker's Gift. Duluth, MN: Pfeifer-Hamilton, 2000. 


I am linking with Fiber Tuesday 51 at The Quilting Room with Mel. 






2 comments:

  1. How beautiful! Did the student know you were a quilter? If so, that was a smart move!

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    1. No, she didn't! They are lovely books.

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