This magnificent volume features color photographs of more than 100 quilts crafted in North Carolina between the early nineteenth century and 1976. Included are chintz applique quilts, intricately pieced and appliqued quilts, crazy quilts, and examples of ingenious thrift in quilting with found and salvaged materials. The quilts were chosen from more than 10,000 that owners brought to be recorded by the North Carolina Quilt Project during a series of statewide Quilt Documentation Days in 1985-86. Because the quilts are privately owned, many have never been seen publicly. The text presents the lives and times of the quiltmakers, accompanied by many vintage photographs from family collections. Whether these women made quilts to pass the time, warm their families, beautify their lives, or serve as symbols of love and togetherness, they used their fabric with uncommon artistry and craftsmanship.
Quilts can serve as portals into their makers' lives, gateways that connect past and present. Examples from the North Carolina Museum of History's quilt collection-which spans over two centuries-reveal voices from the past, specifically women's voices. They speak of skill and power. They speak of economy and ingenuity. They speak of memory and forgetting. Some of these voices have long been silenced by social constraints, racial oppression, illiteracy, and exhaustion. But by knowing how to listen, contemporary observers can uncover these voices and access the experiences of people whose lives skirted the periphery of written history.
The leaders of a quilting group that has been active for twenty years talk about the quilts they have helped make and offer ideas for starting quilting groups.
Minnesota Quilts: Creating Connections with Our Past is a unique treasury of exceptional quilts, fascinating quilters, and their stories from the Minnesota Quilt Project, whose members traveled the state for nearly twenty years, photographing and documenting quilts and interviewing quiltmakers. The result is a collection as varied and expressive as the makers themselves. From early pioneer days to the 1970s, these quilts, showcased in glorious full-color photographs, span a significant era of Minnesota and reflect our distinctive heritage. Whether you’re a quilter or someone who has a love of quilts and their history, this collection of Minnesota’s extraordinary patchworks will help you create connections with your past.
Features over one hundred quilts created from Nebraska's territorial period to the 1980s, with descriptions of the patterns, materials, and techniques and biographical sketches of the quiltmakers
As the leaves begin to fall in idyllic Dappled Hills, someone puts too fine a point on a local ladies’ man. Fortunately, the detective skills of quilter Beatrice Coleman are a cut above the rest.... The Village Quilters of Dappled Hills, North Carolina, are desperate to finish their quilts before an upcoming show. To help, fellow member Posy has opened the back room of her shop, the Patchwork Cottage, for everyone to use. But the ladies are less than thrilled when Phyllis Stitt and Martha Helmsley—members of their rival quilting guild, the Cut-Ups—ask to join them. Phyllis is hoping to leave the Cut-Ups and join up with the Village Quilters now that Martha’s dating her ex-fiancé, Jason Gore. She’s not pleased when he visits the shop and even more upset when her new shears disappear. After offering to search for them, Beatrice discovers Jason with the shears buried in his unfaithful heart. Now she must sharpen her sleuthing skills to find a killer before someone else’s life is cut short.… INCLUDES QUILTING TIPS!
Fiber artist Katie Pasquini Masopust's stunning quilts reflect the beautiful landscape within a complex network of straight lines and curves. Using a profusion of colors and fabrics, Katie creates strikingly rich textured quilts. Her innovative fractured landscape technique, described in this book, is shown with many how-to photos and inspirational quilts. Starting with a photograph, Katie explains how she draws the landscape, fractures the image, selects the fabric, then applique's and quilts the piece for successful results.