If you enjoy quilting, then you know the thrill of discovering vintage fabric or even an actual vintage quilt at a flea market or antique shop.
There's something about the muted colors and broken-in patina that gives antique textiles a soft, romantic feel that many of us associate with home.
Now you can create a little instant nostalgia for your own home (or to give as a special gift) with the help of a new, full-color, 57-page guidebook, "Hearth and Home Quilts."
The book includes step-by-step instructions, full-size patterns and materials lists for six quilt designs (one with a matching pillow) that all have a warm, antique feeling.
If you're a novice quilter or just need a quick review to brush up on your skills, a section of general instructions will help you get the results you want.
Topics include selecting and preparing fabrics, rotary cutting, template cutting, piecing and pressing, applique, quilting, binding and signing and dating your finished quilt.
Designs include "Argyles Quilt" (pictured), "Caramels and Cream Quilt," "Simplicity Quilt," "Simplicity Pillow," "Garden Fence Quilt," "Squash Blossoms Quilt" and "Sew Simple Baskets Quilt."
The "Hearth and Home Quilts" guidebook, No. LA3769, is $11.95. You can find six other quilt designs with a decidedly vintage flavor in a 40-page guidebook, "Quaint Quilts," No. LA3714, available for $10.95.
Include $3 for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.