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Kansas Quilts and Quilters Paperback – March, 2008

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"An exhilarating account of quilt history, Kansas history, and women's history. Rooted solidly in scholarly research and written with obvious empathy, this book excites the mind and warms the heart. It is a major contribution to the literature on quilts and women's lives. Salute!"--Gwen Marston, author of Twenty Little Patchwork Quilts

"A page turner, as readable as a good historical novel with terrific writing based on rock solid research. The chapters are wonderfully inclusive--the diversity of cultural groups represented, topics, voices, as well as the styles and eras, reveal so much of the richness and complexity of the state, the women, quilts, and finally all of us."--Julie Silber, author of Amish: The Art of the Quilt

"Rather than accept the unexamined myths of quilt lore, the authors have explored the data collected on approximately 13,000 quilts and present findings that question the validity of these myths. No longer will writers get away with discussions of the commonplace nature of quiltmaking on the overland trails or of a universal African-American design aesthetic. This book not only gives us a look at the range of quiltmaking in Kansas but, by extension, tells us much about quiltmaking in America."--Laurel Horton, author of Social Fabric: South Carolina's Traditional Quilts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Barbara Brackman, a freelance writer who specializes in folk arts, is the author of Clues in the Calico: A Guide to Identifying and Dating Antique Quilts and coeditor of Backyard Visionaries: Grassroots Art in the Midwest.

Jennie A. Chinn, director of education and outreach at the Kansas State Historical Society, is editor of Images of Strawberry Hill: Works by Marijana.

Gayle R. Davis is associate professor and chairperson of the Center for Women's Studies at Wichita State University. She specializes in material culture and social history and has lectured extensively on American quilts and quilt culture.

Terry Thompson, author of Christmas Quilting: Twenty Decorative Projects, has achieved national recognition for her quilting patterns.

Saara Reimer Farley is a quilter and quilt researcher who helped document quilts in the Kansas Quilt Project.

Nancy Hornback is a founding member of the Prairie Quilt Guild of Wichita and was instrumental in the founding of the Kansas Quilt Project.. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; 1st Edition edition (March 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700605851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700605859
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While this is a goody history book on the art of quilting, I don't feel the title is a good representation of what is within the book's covers. After hearing and reading about the Kansas Quilt Project of 1986, I was anxious to get my hands on a copy of this book to see a good representative portion of the 13,000 quilts that were registered. What I found was a book with only 50 pictures (give or take a couple because I counted them) that actually had quilts in them. Half of those 50 were not even quilts "discovered" during their project, but quilts already housed in various museums that in my opinion, being a Kansan, have "been seen before". Also, of the pictures taken from the Quilt Project discovery, the majority of them were in black and white. Part of the art of quilts is being able to see their colors, can't do that with this book.

I hoped for a photographic look into the quilts made by our Mothers, Grandmothers, etc of Kansas. The authors stated that there were no unique "Kansas" quilts or quilts that set themselves off with a "Made in Kansas" look to them, so instead they showed a VERY small sample of the quilts they found, lots of pictures of people and things (no quilts) and a lot of conjecture over what ethnic group should actually take credit for bringing the art of quilting to Kansas.

This book was a disappointment to me being the Daughter, Granddaughter, and Great Granddaughter of Kansas quilters. I hoped I would see a wonderful picture book of quilts made by Kansas women. That did not happen.
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Format: Hardcover
KANSAS QUILTS & QUILTMAKERS sets a new gold standard for the study of American quilts. The writers whose essays make up the book treat the quilts made by Kansans with the respect they deserve. No condesension, no tales of a dreamy dreamy past. Instead, they bring to their studies inquisitive, independent minds and a knowledge of quiltmaking, history, and textiles that permit them to grasp the meanings of the quilts they study.Their conclusions grow out of hard research, not received tradition. The result is a book that should be on the bookshelf of every student of American history, cultural anthropology, material history, women's history, quiltmaking, or textile study.

In its formative years, Kansas was a microcosm of America in the tense years leading up to the American Civil War. Congress had declared its voters would have the right to determine whether the state would come into the union as a slave state or a free state. And so partisans of both sides rushed into Kansas not merely to lay claim to part of its rich soil but also to determine its future and, most believed, the future of the United States. The bloody years of John Brown's massacres were but preludes to the bloodier war that would soon consume the nation.

KANSAS QUILTS is rooted in a deep understanding of this past and of the complex state that grew out of the it. Its writers discover no single unifying principle in the quilts produced by the Kansas Quilt Search. And to their credit, they refuse to invent one.

Looked at from outside, however, one is tempted to observe at work in this fine book certain principles that seem to characterize the quiltmakers whose lives and work are its subject. Neither history nor geography favored the survival of the weak in Kansas.
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My site, "America's Quilting History" is is about the whole nation, but I am constanty finding helpful information in this book as I write articles for my site. Even though this book is about Kansas it also tells the story of quilting in middle America. It is a book I have returned to again and again.
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I give it 2 stars only because it did not meet my expectations. I thought it would more of a listing of all the quilts in the project by name of owner, maker and number, etc. That is something I have been looking for and thought this might be it. It contains some interesting stories of a few of the quilts submitted for the project and those stories are interesting. Just not what I was expecting.
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