How many quilt books can you say this about: it has no new designs but it's a very good book? British mother/daughter authors Pam & Nicky Lintott accomplish exactly that with their latest book Antique to Heirloom Jelly Roll Quilts.
The Lintott design duo keeps close to tradition by offering classics such as chains, 9-patch and 16-patch, bowties, tumbling blocks, log cabins, and schoolhouses. What IS new is the use of jellyrolls to create each quilt top. For instance, the tumbling blocks pattern becomes a strippy quilt, and is much easier to piece as it does not employ Y-seams or partial seams. And the color schemes are lovely; they take nothing away from the antique originals yet add a fresh update employing the hues of today's best fabric collections.
I was pleased to see a "Special Tools" section in the Getting Started chapter. With so many new rulers coming out these days, it is good to know before buying any book if you also have to purchase a new ruler (or if you can substitute one you already own). To make half-square triangles and pyramid units, the Lintotts use Creative Grids Quilting Ruler Multi-Size 45 Degree / 90 Degree Triangle and Creative Grids Quilting Ruler Multi-Size 45 Degree / 90 Degree Triangle. Basically, these rulers create single half-square triangle (or pyramid) units from strips. You may well be able to substitute a ruler you already own if you know what you're doing and can end up with a pieced block identical in dimension to the Lintott's.
Just a word on terminology so that certain quilting book buyers are not disappointed. The term "modern" as used in the subtitle "12 Modern Quilt Patterns From Vintage Patchwork Quilt Designs" does not mean contemporary or abstract as in the quilting world's most recent definition of the term. Of late, "modern" has taken on the meaning of graphic, improvisational, interpretive, and/or "art quilt". THIS is not that type of modern, but if you want some examples of what IS modern, check out Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts or Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics.
But back to Antique to Heirloom ... If you are not already a fan of Pam & Nicky Lintotts's, Antique to Heirloom is a buy-worthy place to begin.