My latest acquisitions.
While I realize that there are much worse things to be addicted to, there are surely some of you who share this issue me. As quilters we love to collect all forms of things that contribute to this wonderful process we dedicate ourselves to. Surely we need fabric and needles. We need machines and tools and notions. Some of us more so than others, but that's another story for another day. *wink*
My love of history and my love of quilting come together perfectly in the older but still wonderful books that have been published in years past. So naturally, books that offer the stories and histories of quilts and quilters would be hard for me to resist. I do have my limits though. I only shop for the used books online (usually Amazon) when I find really good deals. What's a really good deal? Less than $10 with shipping. That's right, most of these books were only a few dollars, so with shipping, they often cost between $7-8. That's less that a yard of fabric folks!
Look at all the inspiration there! I find that the quilts are so amazing but reading about the quilt makers and where they were from and when they stitched these adds so much to the fascination. Even if you don't soak up history and stories the way I do, you have to admit there is some serious quilt eye candy here.
Some of my favorite books are from the state projects. Each state did a record keeping project to collect photos and stories and record their own quilt histories. My first book was from the state of Texas given to me by my dear friend Patsy. I enjoyed it so much that I went online looking for other state quilt books. I have only collected about a dozen so far, some of them are still kind of pricey, but I will keep looking until I find them for a deal.
So go ahead and collect your thimbles, or vintage Singers, or whatever makes you happy. I'll keep searching for deals on old quilt history books. Like I said, it could be a lot worse!
I would love to hear what you collect, please leave a comment letting me know!