I received a most wonderful book in the mail today.
"Baltimore Garden Quilt" by Barbara Burnham. Published by AQS.
Barbara has published the patterns for an 1848 red and green applique quilt in the Baltimore style. Her eye for detail in reproducing this quilt is remarkable.
The actual patterns are on a CD that comes with the book, all ready to print out at correct size. Nice and easy.
There are pictures of each block from the original quilt and its reproduction.
What really makes me happy though, is that this is one of the best "technical" books on general quilting instructions and applique that I've seen. Very easy to understand, and clearly written. From the small section on fabric choices and the very comprehensive cutting lists to various applique techniques, I LOVE this book.
Sometimes I feel like some books are thrown together just to "get them out". However, I'm very happy to see that sometimes a gem comes along.
I'm very pleased to say that now I own a real GEM.