Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker

Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker

by Gwen Marston
     
 

Extensively illustrated, with over 100 drawings and 11 unique Mary Schafer patterns, Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker is a must-have book for anyone passionate about American quilting.

While we take that passion for granted today, author Gwen Marston shows that it wasn't always so; indeed, one woman, Mary Schafer, was largely responsible for the

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Extensively illustrated, with over 100 drawings and 11 unique Mary Schafer patterns, Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker is a must-have book for anyone passionate about American quilting.

While we take that passion for granted today, author Gwen Marston shows that it wasn't always so; indeed, one woman, Mary Schafer, was largely responsible for the restoration of interest in one of our greatest folk arts — long before the American bicentennial turned quilting into what seemed like an overnight sensation.

Marston presents Schafer as an unassuming scholar: the anonymous quilter, remaining humble and somewhat retiring. Behind the modest façade, however, Schafer displayed a remarkable devotion to research, historical accuracy, and community through her efforts to make quilting available to as many people as possible.

Nonquilters will find Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker a welcome addition to their collection of the work of masters of American folk art, while quilting aficionados will appreciate it not only for the story it tells, but for the generous selection of patterns and illustrations it offers.

Gwen Marston is a nationally known quilt maker, teacher, and author. She is the author of over fifteen books on quilting, including Liberated String Quilts, 70 Classic Quilting Patterns, and Amish Quilting Patterns.

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Library Journal
With a meandering writing style, Marston, the leading specialist on Mary Vida Schafer (b. 1910) and author of 15 books on quilting, documents Schafer's 290 complex to colorfully simple works, all faultless in execution and most variations of older classic patterns. A late-blooming quilter, Schafer discovered a "life of new purpose" with a quilt kit in 1952. Subsequently, she focused on creating appliqu d and pieced quilts, collecting quilts, magazines, and ephemera, and launching round robins of excited quilter correspondence. Not precisely fitting the usual artist category, Schafer reproduces the salvaged quilts of the 19th century, makes variations of these, and partakes in "collaborations" (i.e., finishing quilts of other women). Schafer's originals are dramatic in color, although Marston does not analyze them from this standpoint. Featuring 18 line drawings, 15 black-and-white photos, and over 100 quality color plates, the book is called for because all other books on the artist have long been out of print. Recommended for all quilt makers and specialized libraries.-Mary Hamel-Schwulst, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Lib., Long Beach Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472068555
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
03/25/2004
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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