The Quilting Bee

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Design, snip, clip . . .

Welcome to the quilting bee!

With the help of popular author/illustrator Gail Gibbons, you'll learn how quilts are made and discover their fascinating history as well as lots of fun facts.

Back in colonial times, quilting bees were important social functions, combining both work and pleasure. They still exist today and attract thousands of snippers,...

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Overview

Design, snip, clip . . .

Welcome to the quilting bee!

With the help of popular author/illustrator Gail Gibbons, you'll learn how quilts are made and discover their fascinating history as well as lots of fun facts.

Back in colonial times, quilting bees were important social functions, combining both work and pleasure. They still exist today and attract thousands of snippers, clippers, and stitchers from all walks of life.

Some traditional quilt patterns have funny names: Trip Around the World, Bear's Paw, Crazy Quilt. Today's quilt makers also use their imaginations to create new designs that are works of art.

Here's the book to get you started in the wonderful world of quilts. Maybe you'll want to make one of your own!

An introduction to the process of quilt making, including a history of the craft, sample quilt patterns, and directions for creating a children's book authors and illustrators quilt.

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Children's Literature
The art or craft of quilt-making has a long history and has been enjoying a recent revival. Gibbons introduces the steps followed by a group of quilters from design through choice of fabrics to creation of blocks to be put together for the final product. Then we learn about quilting in history, particularly American history. More than thirty traditional quilt patterns are described with their sources or inspiration. All the necessary materials and steps to make a quilt are detailed, while the social aspects of the participation in a quilting bee or circle are emphasized. Current quilt shows and contests are mentioned as sources of inspiration for young quilters, although Gibbons warns that adult supervision is necessary. The clear, simple text is enhanced with sidebars of more information, and packed with Gibbons's typical colored line drawings. She manages to find the crucial aspects of her subject and record them for easy understanding. She also creates animated scenes of activity by assorted ages and sexes in appropriate context. Adults can gain ideas here as well as youngsters. A suggested group project of an author quilt is detailed. 2004, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 6 to 9.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-In this look at a quilting bee, the warm and friendly atmosphere of this social gathering quickly gets lost in a blur of patterns and text. Dozens of watercolor-and-ink illustrations depicting both scenes of people quilting and pattern squares are scattered about like a crazy quilt. Interesting facts about the design, construction, and history of quilts, as well as the origin of traditional patterns used by the pioneers, are ill served by the book's format and fonts, which make it difficult to distinguish the narrative from the numerous captions. On a more positive note, the author offers a wonderful idea for making an authors' and illustrators' quilt. For an informative, better-organized alternative, try Mary Cobb's The Quilt-Block History of Pioneer Days (Millbrook, 1995).-Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Gibbons is back with another of her trademark offerings. This time, she concentrates on a quilting bee, the social event that pulls a group of quilters together to plan the quilt and, later, to piece the layers together and stitch the functional and decorative designs that define a pieced quilt. She traces the history of American quilt-making from its genesis in Egypt, China, and Turkey and provides the reader with numerous examples of pioneer quilt patterns and the origins of their names. Her signature watercolors neatly demonstrate the stages of group quilting, though the presence of a male quilter in every spread seems unusual, especially on one page where a pioneer man is signing his name on a quilt. Though there are a couple of known male quilters in the 1800s, it was still mostly a female craft. Though an adequate introduction for the youngest readers, it would work well with Ann Whitford Paul's excellent Eight Hands Round. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688163976
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/11/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 402,979
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons, author of more than one hundred books, is the winner of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children’s nonfiction literature. Called a “master of picture book nonfiction” by ALA Booklist, Ms. Gibbons has a special talent for making complex subjects understandable and entertaining for young readers.

Gail Gibbons, author of more than one hundred books, is the winner of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children’s nonfiction literature. Called a “master of picture book nonfiction” by ALA Booklist, Ms. Gibbons has a special talent for making complex subjects understandable and entertaining for young readers.

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