Spike Gillespie is the critically acclaimed author of several books, including Quilting Art: Inspiration, Ideas & Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Quilters and Quilty As Charged: Undercover in the Material World. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Smithsonian, Real Simple, Fiber Arts, and many other publications. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Quilts in the Attic: Uncovering the Hidden Stories of the Quilts We Loveby Karen Musgrave
For generations, quilts have both preserved history and furthered artistic innovation, leading to personal and creative discoveries that have changed lives. In Quilts in the Attic, author and quiltmaker Karen Musgrave presents 30 stories of great quilt discoveries, including hidden masterpieces, fascinating finds, and treasured family heirlooms. The tales in/i>
For generations, quilts have both preserved history and furthered artistic innovation, leading to personal and creative discoveries that have changed lives. In Quilts in the Attic, author and quiltmaker Karen Musgrave presents 30 stories of great quilt discoveries, including hidden masterpieces, fascinating finds, and treasured family heirlooms. The tales in this book are both heartwarming and thrilling, whether about unearthing breathtaking pieces at summer flea markets or finding Grandma’s priceless antique quilt hidden away in a box.
By sharing stories from all over the world, Musgrave uses these wonderful works of art to explore the complex patchwork of human history, from 19th-century Jewish life in Southern California to the Sears National Quilt Contest at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, to a 12th-century castle in France. Each memory embodies the inherent human drive to craft something of purpose and meaning while shedding light on the works of well-known quiltmakers like Mary Lee Bendolph from Gee’s Bend, Marie Webster, and Ruby Short McKim. Featuring stories from unknown and famous quilters alike, Quilts in the Attic uncovers the mystery and significance of the quilts we love.
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I highly recommend this book for anyone whose life has been touched by a quilt. The stories are wonderfully written and a pleasure to read. I look forward to many more books from this author.
I really liked the premise of this book. As a quilter since 1976 I've seen a lot of quilts and they all carry a story with them. I think it's great that someone finally thought about telling a few of the quilt histories. The stories in this book are presented thoughtfully, pertinent questions were asked about the quilts and the stories vary from winsome to serious. When you wrap a quilt around you you wrap yourself in the stitches of the maker - and quilts are always works of love. The author does a spectacular job of story telling and brings wonderful historical tidbits to light. I'm wondering if there might have been a bit of too much editing because it felt like the author had more to say about some of the quilts that was left out. Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part! The cover of the book - I know I notice silly things - does not do the book justice. It's too dark and dreary looking, The stories that are included in the book are stories of bright hopes and history and the cover should be lighter - portraying that fabric history of hope and remembrance. Well done! There are so many wonderful quilts that I hope there may be another book about their stories!