I'll admit that I have been on a bit of a book buying binge lately. I have purchased several in the last couple of weeks! Obviously, I'm not going to make the quilts from them immediately but that's not why I bought them.
I love history! Really, love it! I'll read a history book for pleasure any day. My favorite fiction? Historical fiction of course! But I digress. I love the stories that go with the quilts. Where did they come from, who made them, were they gifts, were they loved? The skill of the quilter isn't nearly as important to me as her story. Why did she stitch? For whom? What did she have on hand to work with at the time?
When I'm sitting at my fancy machine with all my threads and fabrics to choose from, I think of quilters past who worked by candle light or lamp light, stitching with a precious needle and scraps of fabric or old clothes. If their quilts survived the test of time, what am I doing? What will my stitches say about me in the future?
This book is beautifully written with stories and photos of the quilts that were documented in one small region of Missouri. These quilts and their stories were hidden in the homes and with the families they had been passed down in. This book tells how those quilts became public, were shared with documentarians, and now their stories are written for all to enjoy.
The book includes some patterns, but I will read and re-read the stories, and soak up the quilts. I will use the color combinations, the blocks, and maybe the setting for inspiration in my quilts. If you enjoy the stories that go with quilts, like a little history, and love beautifully photographed quilts, you need to order this book! (No I am not affiliated with, or paid to endorse this book, I just like sharing good things when I find them!)
Enjoy every stitch!