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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, 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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About 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.
Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the Elm Creek Quilts Novels Series. 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.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.Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the Elm Creek Quilts Novels Series.
Table of Contents
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
Friendship and Memory Quilts
Whole Cloth and Trapunto Quilts
Part III Saving and Studying Our Quilts
Taking Care of Quilts
Preserving and Exhibiting Quilts
What People are Saying About This
BlackThread.blogspot.com, Oct. 15, 2007 (blog readers unavailable)
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."
Clinton Courier, 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.”
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.