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The Quilt: A History and Celebration of an American Art Form

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Here is the largest, most comprehensive history of American quilts ever published! The Quilt explores the evolution of quilting in America, showing in vivid colors and patterns how African American, Amish, Hawaiian, Hmong, and Native American quilts celebrate cultural identity, and how quilts connect us to one another through quilting bees and other community groups. Noted quilt historian Elise Schebler Roberts also goes beyond the historical nature of quilts to cover current efforts at quilt preservation, ...

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Overview

Here is the largest, most comprehensive history of American quilts ever published! The Quilt explores the evolution of quilting in America, showing in vivid colors and patterns how African American, Amish, Hawaiian, Hmong, and Native American quilts celebrate cultural identity, and how quilts connect us to one another through quilting bees and other community groups. Noted quilt historian Elise Schebler Roberts also goes beyond the historical nature of quilts to cover current efforts at quilt preservation, collecting and appraising, and state documentation projects. Her book features an encyclopedia of favorite quilt styles and is gloriously illustrated with more than 200 full-color photographs of classic collectible quilts.

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ClintonCourier, Nov. 7, 2007

“Two new non-fiction books you might want to preview could make a good holiday gift are: The Quilt: A History and Celebration of an American Art Form.”

BlackThread.blogspot.com

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Oct. 15, 2007 (blog readers unavailable)

“It’s magnificent!”

Quilter's Newsletter, April 2008
"Investigate the evolution of quilting in America with one of the most comprehensive histories ever published. The book moves from the discussion of the historical nature of quilts to current efforts at quilt preservation. Features include more than 200 full-color photographs and an encyclopedia of quilt styles, from applique to crazy, pieced to art, scrappy to whole cloth. Essays by Jean Ray Laury, Patricia Cox and Alex Anderson, to name a few, highlight the complexity and beauty of America's quilting tradition."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760337851
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2010
  • Edition description: First, Paperback edition of Hardcover edition
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 288,898
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elise Schebler Roberts is a quilt historian and writer who has been quilting for nearly twenty years. She is on the roster of Minnesota Folk Artists and the Minnesota Quilter's Guild, and she also works to preserve historic quilts as a member of the Minnesota Quilt Project. Previously the Curator of Education at the State Historical Society of Iowa, she is now working toward her doctorate in art and history while teaching art history and humanities at Minnesota School of Business. Elise has written numerous articles and is a contributing author to Minnesota Quilts: Creating Connections with Our Past, and Around the Quilt Frame, both published by Voyageur Press. She lives in the Twin Cities.

Helen Kelley, of Minneapolis, MN, is America’s most popular quilting columnist and has written for Quilter’s Newsletter for over twenty years. She is a master quilter and has taught and lectured across the country. Helen’s “Renaissance Quilt” was chosen as one of the 100 Best Quilts of the Twentieth Century. She is the author of Every Quilt Tells a Story and Helen Kelley’s Joy of Quilting and is the 2008 inductee into the prestigious Quilter's Hall of Fame.

Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the Elm Creek Quilts Novels Series.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Part I: A History and Celebration

Chapter 1         Old World and Eastern Traditions                    

Chapter 2         Quilting in a New World                                  

Chapter 3         Commemorative Quilting                                  

Chapter 4         Quilting for Social Change                                

Chapter 5         Quilting for Identity                                          

Chapter 6         Quilting in Communities                        

Chapter 7         Quilting for Life and Death                               

Chapter 8         Quilts as Gifts                                      

Chapter 9         Quilts on Display                                             

Chapter 10       Quilting as Business                                         

Chapter 11       Sharing the Knowledge                        

Part II: An Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Styles                                    

Appliqué                                                                                 

Art Quilts                                                                                

Crazy Quilts                                                                            

Embroidered Quilts                                                                  

Kit Quilts                                                                                 

Friendship and Memory Quilts                                     

Patchwork Quilts                                                                     

Whole Cloth and Trapunto Quilts                                 

Part III Saving and Studying Our Quilts

Collecting Quilts                                                                      

Taking Care of Quilts                                                               

Studying Quilts                         

Preserving and Exhibiting Quilts

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Foreword

Ever since I learned to read, I have wanted to create stories and share them with readers as my favorite authors did for me. I have also always admired quilts-but I never imagined that one day, my twin passions, storytelling and quilting, would come together as perfectly as heirloom patchwork.

In 1994, as my wedding day approached, I longed for a beautiful heirloom wedding quilt to decorate the home where Marty and I would begin our lives together. Unfortunately, none of my friends or relatives quilted, and we couldn't afford to purchase an heirloom quilt on our tight student budget. I soon realized that if I wanted a beautiful heirloom wedding quilt, I would have to make it myself.

The town where we lived didn't have a quilt shop, so I purchased an instruction book and fabric and taught myself to quilt. My first project was a simple nine-block sampler, not the elaborate king-size bed quilt I had envisioned, but I was proud of my handiwork and eager to attempt a more challenging project. I bought more pattern books, browsed through quilting magazines, and sought advice from more experienced quilters on the Internet, learning through trial and error.

A few years later, with several quilts to my credit, I embarked upon another lifelong goal: to write a novel. I knew I wanted to write about friendship, especially women's friendship and how women use friendship to sustain themselves and nurture one another. I also wanted to write about women's work and how "women's work" is valued, whether it is it paid work outside the home, volunteering within the community, or raising a family.

Young writers are often advised to "write what you know," and since I knewquilters-their quirks, their inside jokes, their disputes and their generosity, their quarrels and their kindnesses-one could say that in my case, the subject chose the author. Quilters, who invest so much of themselves into their creations, ideally discover the intrinsic value of their work. Perhaps even more importantly, quilting is a wonderful artistic outlet that draws the quilter into a wider community of talented, supportive women and men who teach and encourage one another. Novices find themselves warmly embraced by more experienced quilters who are eager to pass along their traditions. Quilters form enduring bonds of friendship that time, distance, and hardship cannot overcome.

Quilters and the quilts they create inspired me to write The Quilter's Apprentice, the first of what grew into an enduring, beloved series. But I am only one of countless many to find inspiration, comfort, warmth, and sustenance in the beauty, history, and folklore of quilts. In The Quilt: A History and Celebration of an American Art Form, Elise Schebler Roberts presents the rich heritage of American quilting in what is sure to become an essential volume in every quilt lover's library. I invite you to read on and discover how the art of quilting will inspire you.
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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    definitely a keeper

    This is a beautiful go-back-to-again-and-again-reference book. It covers the history of quilts, quilts styles, the preservation and study of quilts, and has wonderful photographs of quilts, quilt makers, old advertisements and magazine covers, quilted toys and quilted clothes. The text describes commemorative quilting, quilting for social change, old world, eastern-traditional, and new-world quilts. It also has an excellent bibliography on the history of quilts, websites, a timeline of quilt history, and, of particular interest to me, a list of quilt-related social projects. I love quilts, and I love books, and the temptation to fill my home with quilts books is very, very tempting. I usually resist. But, there's no resisting the pull of this book. I know it's soon going to part of my permanent collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2007

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    I am not a quilter, but grew up in a quilting family. This book is a great history lesson told through quilts. It has helped me understand why quilting is so important to my family members. Elise explains why quilting is not only a social event, but also an important part of economics and a beautiful art form. A must for all quilters, and those who want to understand the reasons others quilt.

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