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America's Printed Fabrics 1770-1890: 8 Reproduction Quilt Projects: Historic Notes and Photographs; Dating Your Quilts Paperback – April 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1571202550 ISBN-10: 1571202552 Edition: illustrated edition

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing; illustrated edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571202552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571202550
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in fabrics.
C. Crittenden
I really like the layout on this book - full color pages of historical fabric swatches on the left pages, and comparison reproduction print swatches on the right.
J. Downing
The historical information is very interesting to read also.
D. V. Harrell

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Wulfert on September 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
Barbara describes her book as soft on fabric science and high on the how-to of making choices, choosing fabrics and quilt styles appropriate to a time period. The antique and reproduction swatches are large and clear. Barbara brings her considered opinions, research, and years of experience to each subject she discusses.

This book is probably a better choice than her classic "Clues in the Calico" (and it's updated some of the information too) for the individual just starting to learn about textile history because it is less dense in terms of text and details, but it is by no means shallow for those entrenched in textile history.

Throughout the book, there are what I call, Barbara's signature vignettes. These are those wonderful still life pictures of colorful combinations of antique fabrics, daguerreotypes, ephemera, sewing tools, bonnets and clothing and everyday household décor found in 19th century homes. In fact, she has included many photographs depicting dresses and textiles. Brief personal quotes from old diaries, letters, and other historical writings are scattered throughout the book, as are reproduction quilts made by outside contributors to the book. I really appreciate her putting dates, specific when possible, a narrow range when not, with the photos, quotes, quilts and fabrics.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Downing on March 24, 2005
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I really like the layout on this book - full color pages of historical fabric swatches on the left pages, and comparison reproduction print swatches on the right. Wonderful book for anyone wishing to glean a good understanding of what historical prints look like and how they evolved.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Angelika Purvis on September 16, 2005
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what a wonderful resource book for anyone who is interested in fabric/fiber arts.

i'm a quilter who likes to create quilts with a flair from yesterday. this book not only helps me to be closed in my interpretation of that time, it does guide me through the decision which colors have been more used than others. the contents/pictures are very clear and the instructions to recreate some of the quilts are outstanding. i would give this book 6 stars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marguerite A. Lamb on May 13, 2009
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Comprehensive and enjoyable. Just what I wanted for reference in creating my Civil War Quilts. I have had a very hard time finding this book and at last I have a copy. I highly recommend this book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Crittenden on June 29, 2006
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This book gives a very good compressive over view of fabrics in a certain time frame. While I bought it for reference I discovered it is quite enjoyable just to read. I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in fabrics. It would be especially useful to a beginning fabric aficionado.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mightygran on May 3, 2012
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Yes, this book is one of Barbara Brackman's best books. I have all of her books and find this one to be of her usual top-notch quality for very interesting facts about fabric, and also patterns. Her books have never disappointed me in any way. It's just a pleasure to read them, even if you are not interested in the great history notes. The photographs are supreme.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane Conner on November 29, 2007
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This is a very informative quilt history book with fantastic, close-up photos of fabric. This will be a great addition to your Barbara Brackman collection. I had mine laminated and spiral bound!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Lamb on September 7, 2009
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I like the book--it's full of pretty pictures of quilts. The author goes into a lot of detail about printing and dyeing methods through the 19th century, and shows quite a few samples of antique fabrics. However, I was looking for something fairly specific that I didn't find. I have some old quilt blocks, never set, and I wanted to both date them and get guidance on how to set them appropriately. What I found was mostly photos of reproduction quilts, lovely, but not necessarily authentic. Also, almost all the quilt photos were small, and I wanted large enough photos, or closeups of details, so that I could see the fabrics in the quilts themselves, not just swatches.

In addition, when there was a page of historic fabrics, the caption might say they dated "from 1840s to 1890s." A lot changed in those years. Couldn't the swatches have individual labels? On one page, the date range ran all the way up to the 1940s!

If you love old quilts, you'll like this book. But if you want historical depth, you won't find it here.
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