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Making History: Quilts & Fabric from 1890-1970 + America's Printed Fabrics 1770-1890: 8 Reproduction Quilt Projects: Historic Notes and Photographs; Dating Your Quilts + Dating Fabrics - A Color Guide: 1800-1960
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: C & T Pub (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571204539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571204530
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barbara Brackman has written numerous books about quilts and the history of quilts and fabrics. She also designs reproduction fabrics, is a consultant for museums, and a member of the Quilter's Hall of Fame.

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This book includes patterns for several amazing quilts.
Patti Poe
If you like history or quilts or fashion or the connection of all that to women and the magazines of the day, you will like this book.
maggs
Highly recommend to everyone who is interested in historical quilts.
Virginia Wutka

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Wulfert on August 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you want to learn to date fabrics found in quilts and cotton clothing, then this book is a must have. MAKING HISTORY Quilts and Fabrics covers the topics in the same detail and stylistic manner of America's Printed Fabrics, for the years 1890 to 1970. With this book, Barbara Brackman essentially finishes her update of Clues in the Calico, (1989).

If I were to use one word to describe the book's text, it is concise.She gives us a great deal of meaty information by combining period fabrics used for clothing, interiors furnishings, and quilts with interior and architectural design schools and wraps them into a synopses of their influence on patterned fabric's scale, color, weave and print.

Large swatches of original fabrics and reproduction prints are featured in exacting color photographs. Smaller quilt pictures show vintage ones. What is great, especially for someone new to dating fabrics, is that she goes back to the beginning dye history of a color and brings it forward to the focus of the years the chapter covers.

Barbara writes that her personal mission when doing research for this book was the discovery of why the look of quilts changed so much in the early 20th century, compared to the years before it. This book is a very interesting read as it draws from the greater field of textiles and interior design, with a wider focus than reproduction and antique fabrics and quilts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BlazersFan4 on May 4, 2009
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I bought this book because I loved the quilt on the cover and I wanted the pattern and the description, etc. , but it turns out that everything else in this book is really ridiculously interesting too. I love the pictures and it looks like the author did a lot of research because the text is really interesting and informative. Her info has inspired me as I'm looking at fabric in different quilt stores now. I am actually making the quilt on the cover, with different colors, and I keep referring back to the book for more ideas. Plus, amazon has a great price. I am very pleased with my purchase. Only downside whatsoever is that the pattern for the quilt on the back cover is not included. Happy quilting!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mightygran on May 3, 2012
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This is a great book for anyone researching fabric and quilt history. The patterns are great, also, and up to the usual SUPREME quality that Barbara Brackman always produces. She has a way of writing and explaning things that make reading her publications a pleasure. A great book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patti Poe on February 26, 2012
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Barbara Brackman is one of the great quilt historian's of our time. This book includes patterns for several amazing quilts. Planning to make the Iris quilt. Would not part with this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LOVETOQUILT on July 12, 2011
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Barbara Brackman is "my hero" - someone who has done all of the searching, organizing etc to give quilters who love antique quilts a way to making not copies --- but quilts inspired by our past! Just eat every word in her books, and this one is no exception! HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathyinozarks on May 12, 2011
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I love anything and everything written by Barbara Brackman, and this book did not disappoint, full of historical information. Love the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maggs on March 19, 2013
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I read other reviews and decided to take a look at this book. I'm very glad I did. Yes it has history of quilts, but it goes farther then just that. It's the materials and colors and styles. How to tell what time frame a quilt was made. Who would have typically made that style. Revivals of styles and changes in them when they come back. Pics of Native American woman learning to sew in the Dakota's like proper women do. Can't make that stuff up. What's also interesting is a picture of women in college it happens to be a college for African American women but could be any women's college of the time. They are all sewing in their home economics class. I'm really glad we've come farther along then that. Nothing wrong with learning to sew or home economics classes, but at that time we didn't have many choices. One funny ad that is in the book shows a woman wearing the pants so to speak in the home with dear hubby doing the housework. Still haven't come quite that far yet, but close.
If you like history or quilts or fashion or the connection of all that to women and the magazines of the day, you will like this book. It has so much in it that it's not just a book about any one of these topics but all the topics. I really enjoyed the way the colors came about. How they worked at figuring out what colors worked on cotton and would not fade or deteriorate the material over time.

All in all I definitely recommend this book. Oh and I would say it isn't just for women either, anyone who has an interest in any of the topics in this book. While it's mostly about quilts it's also about a whole lot more.
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