Alaskan author John Ryer combines humor and education for men who are married to quilters! Colorfully illustrated by Lesley Cox, "A Husband’s Guide to Quilt Appreciation " takes the mystery out of quilt terms as it guides the man in a quilter’s life through unfamiliar territory.
A fat quarter is not an anatomical part!
Readers will chuckle as they take a tongue-in-cheek quiz at the end to see what they’ve learned, or they can practice some "Handy Quilt Comments!"
Spring, 2000 Sew What Works (Quarterly quilter’s newsletter from Box 41, Fredonia, WI 53021) "This enjoyable 21-page book will help husbands (or anyone else) understand quilts, quilting, and especially quilters. The author provides helpful information in a way that is easily understood by those who may be more familiar with hand tools than needles and thread. For example, he compares the structure of a quilt to the structure of veneer plywood, with the quilt top as the bests quality veneer, the batting as the filler, the backing as the lower quality veneer, and the quilting as the glue that holds it all together.
Ryer also describes basic quilt blocks and explains the mystery of their names. You know, the four patch has four squares, the nine patch has nine, a log cabin looks like a log cabin, and a bear paw looks like a bear paw. This may sound pretty simple, but for some of us the "looks like" aspect needs a little explanation.
Ryer discusses fabric, fabric stores (which he says should be located near sporting goods or hardware stores to increase a husband's interest in going fabric shopping), and tools and notions. He also explains that if you have fewer than two sewing machines in your house you should consider yourself below average. The book includes handy comments such as, "I like your use of color," or "what a unique choice of fabric!" Ryer suggests that one comment in ten should be slightly critical to add to your credibility. The wise husband, however, needs to be able to select the appropriate time to apply this technique.
The self-test at the end of the book didn't quite fit my situation. For example, I can't name my wife's favorite quilt store, because it always seems to be the last one she visited. Her favorite color is the one she is currently working on. And the one she dislikes also seems to be the one she is currently working on. But overall the test does give you an idea of how far you have come.
Ryer concludes with a helpful list of gift suggestions and the reminder that the best gift of all is "your appreciation." I found that this book helped me relate to the quilter in my house...I think you'll agree."
Seen on HGTV’s
Author John Ryer and wife Julie are featured in an episode (rerun Nov. 26, 1999) on Home & Garden Television's (HGTV) popular show, "Simply Quilts." This channel is available on many satellite and cable systems worldwide. The show includes an interview with John and concludes with a quick lesson by Julie on how to make a snowball quilt. (The quilt pattern is not included in the book.)