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  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: American Quilter's Society; 2004 edition (April 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574328433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574328431
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eleanor Levie reveals wonderful tidbits and secrets through quotes, facts and interviews with quilters we all know and appreciate, who are pioneers in the revolution that began in the second half of the 20th century. For instance, Penny McMorris talks about the first time with her TV show audience when she was trying to teach them to use the Electric Quilt software program her husband invented. She had no idea how it worked. From under the desk, out of view of the cameras, sat her husband and together they were able to make it look like she did. The story is delightful. It is anecdotes like these that make this book really special and intimate for the reader. Eleanor taps into designer fabrics and trends as they appeared on the market -- reproduction fabrics, plaids, African prints, hand dyes -- telling us who, when, what, and sometimes the why. This is a fun chapter down memory lane, or was it a walk through my stash? She takes a similar stroll through quilt styles, devoting a chapter each to patchwork, appliqué, and quilting. Not too long ago, my List Serve quilt friends were trying to recall who started or invented the rotary cutter in quiltmaking. This book gives every detail. After reading about it, I don't think I have ever heard the whole story . Here is a hint: it was invented to cut many layers of fabric for kimonos in Japan, and Marti Mitchell wasn't just making templates! Now how about the first wide ruler? I found the book to be full of truly interesting and sometimes astounding information right from the start. Although Eleanor tells the reader in the Introduction that this book can be read in any order they prefer, I chose to start with Chapter One, what I would describe as the social history of the last 25 years of expansion. On the first page, we learn that Irene Preston Miller and her willing, albeit bewildered friends, made an appliquéd pictorial quilt that raised $23,100 through an auction to raise funds to clean the Hudson River. That is a great deal of money for a group quilt to bring in, even in today's quilt market, and this happened in 1972. This quilt is now in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum in NYC. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I learned a lot and laughed many times. From start to finish, I related. I highly recommend you read this book and keep it on your shelf for reference. It will likely be a college textbook soon, as there is no other book like it. My sense is that it will be reprinted for decades to come.-- --Kimberly Wulfert, PhD

Eleanor: Your book was waiting for me when I returned from a trip and I've now read, and thoroughly enjoyed the trip thru memory land. You did a masterful job of encapsulating a complicated subject. I'm honored to be included in the diverse cast of characters. Thanks for the book and the return of the slides. --Dixie Haywood --Dixie Haywood

About the Author

Since her early childhood in Baltimore, Maryland, Eleanor Levie has enjoyed many diverse forms of sewing, weaving, and stitchery. In the 1970s, after five years as a secondary English teacher in urban public schools, she combined her hobbies and instructional career to become a needlework and craft editor. Her first job for Woman's Day special interest magazines was followed by senior positions at McCall's Needlework & Crafts, Woman's World, and Country Accents. Early in the 1980s, Eleanor made her first quilt for the bed of the first home she and her husband shared. She quickly confesses it was the first, and possibly the last, full-sized quilt she will ever make, though she works on small quilt projects whenever she gets the chance. Eleanor authored Great Little Quilts, Creations in Miniature, coauthored Country Living's Country Quilts, and produced eight volumes of the Rodale's Successful Quilting Library series. In addition, she has edited dozens of quilt books and needlework magazines, writing copy and directions, and styling the photography. Since 2002, she has shared her passion for quilts, both yesteryear's classics and today's innovative masterpieces, as a lecturer for guilds and study groups. Her patchwork career also includes leading diverse craft and embellishing workshops- some for quilters, others for kids. She lives with her husband in Center City Philadelphia.

More About the Author

Eleanor Levie is quite sure you will go wild over her newest book: Quilt Blocks Go Wild! Though born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Elly's persona has always been less Baltimore Album and more Crazy Quilt. But her pride isn't just based on an insane amount of conceitedness. Nope, Elly is right to brag, cuz like most of her publications, Quilt Blocks Go Wild! features innovative and easy designs by celebrity quilters as well as Elly's own. Since 1978, she has worked as a needlework and crafts editor, author, and book producer, with quilting as a specialty. Check out her other recent hits--the make-it-green Unforgettable Tote Bags, and best-sellers Skinny Quilts & Table Runners I and II. Previously, Elly produced eight volumes of the Rodale's Successful Quilting Library series, authored Great Little Quilts, Country Living's Country Quilts, and American Quiltmaking: 1970-2000, among many other books and magazines. Outside the quilting arena, Elly is the creative force behind Country Living Country Paint, The Parent's Party Book, Halloween Fun, and other inspiring collections of projects to kickstart your creativity.

Now a resident of Center City Philadelphia, PA, Elly travels internationally to present wacky trunk shows and wonderful workshops to quilt guilds and groups. She proudly shows her own quilts--eclectic, eccentric, artsy, and fun; shares her exciting collection of antique, vintage, and contemporary quilts; and inspires quilters to push the envelope, stretch beyond their comfort zones, and generally, go wild! Visit her at www.EleanorLevie.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Patera on August 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
Today's new quilters have no idea of the primitive beginnings and early struggles of the modern quilt revival that began in the '70's. They will enjoy reading this book about the development of new products, fabrics, ideas and activities connected to quilting, which many take for granted. We "old timers" will recall these early days of a "new/old" movement in which many women and men, not knowing they had so much creativity within, surprised themselves with a new interest that forced it to the surface. Quilting is a rewarding activity that does not seem to wane and will probably develop more amazing surprises in the future.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Wulfert on August 17, 2004
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As I read this book, I tried to imagine myself as a quilt historian and quilter in the year 2050. What came to mind was the wish that someone in the 1850s would have done the same thing for us. It was so much fun to read a history book about quilts that was describing an era I lived through. Eleanor Levie reveals wonderful tidbits and secrets through quotes, facts and interviews with quilters we all know and appreciate, who are pioneers in the revolution that began in the second half of the 20th century.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I learned a lot and laughed many times. From start to finish, I related. I highly recommend you read this book and keep it on your shelf for reference. It will likely be a college textbook soon, as there is no other book like it. My sense is that it will be reprinted for decades to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MaureenGav on October 27, 2011
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I read this book from cover to cover as soon as it arrived. It is a highly readable story about the developments in quilting after the revival in the 1970's. I'm so glad someone captured all these developments in an easy to read book. Loved it!
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