Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Book Review



I bought this book a few weeks ago from amazon. If you click on the photo above it will bring you to the listing. It is just another one of the historical state books that attempts to catalog and record quilts from private collections that may have historical significance. I really enjoy seeing the old quilts and reading about the people who made them.


I'm always amazed at the skill and quality of work given the probable conditions in which they were sewn. Most of these were hand pieced from whatever was available at the time...by candlelight...without rotary cutters...or strip piecing...or other conveniences that we depend on.


I especially like the quilts that were made to "make do" with whatever could be found. I adore that the plaid in this border does not line up. This quilter used every bit of what she had probably left over from making shirts or dresses.


And these two quilters obviously would have been so fun to talk to! I can just imagine the talking and the stitching going on simultaniously. You know they worried about their kids and complained about their husbands and swapped recipes and gossip. I love how cute they are and wondering what their voices sounded like.


How cool is this triangle setting. Was the quilter just tired of squares? Or did it mean something else altogether? No matter why she chose this pattern, the result is gorgeous!


And how about a few hexies? Not the slightest bit intimidated now *cough, cough* but it is gorgeous to admire isn't it?

I purchased this book used, and with shipping it was less than $6. Money well spent for so much inspiration and the stories and anecdotes included. I would highly recommend any of these states books that I have so far. I am sure there are more in my future, it's just a matter of finding them at the right price! The only thing that I love better than a good quilt book is a good deal on a good quilt book! LOL

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

5 comments:

  1. I love such books, I bought several new and second hand but I did'nt know this one that seems wonderful.
    They are wells of inspiration. (I agree with you for the plaid border).

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  2. The Kentucky Quilt Project was the first quilt documentation project in the country! Shelly Zegart was and is the moving force behind so many things in the quilt world. She did a documentary called "Why Quilts Matter - History, Art and Politics" (check it out at Amazon or on the website). SO much information, so many images of beautiful quilts - it makes my head spin. I have the book you reviewed and LOVE it. I buy them for my own selfish gratification and because it is SO SO SO important to support the groups who make these things possible!

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  3. Huh, I have it on my shelf and haven't looked at it for years. Must take it down and take a peek.

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  4. I have a small collection of state quilt project books - but not this one. Must find a copy - your review was inspiring!

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  5. I was so excited to see this picture of the book. I bought this book more than 2 years ago and it led to me making the most special quilt I've ever made. My April 25th post tells the story. Thanks for sharing this amazing book and the incredible women who lived so long ago and made such beautiful quilts.

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