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Making History: Quilts & Fabric from 1890-1970 Paperback – July 1, 2008
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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.
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.
At the end of the book, I'm left with only the grossest sense of differentiation of fabrics in the most obvious ways. Otherwise, some of her sample prints seem as if they could be from any one of the thirty year periods. The title intimates that the reader is 'making history [quilts]', rather than just dating an existing old quilt. I'm trying to 'make' a history quilt authentically with intentional or accidental reproduction fabrics. This book is at most three star helpful.
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This book was exactly what I was looking for in a quilting book. I felt educated on types of quilt patterns to know what time frame a quilt may have been created.Published 10 months ago by Susan Hagglund
I made the quilt on the cover to go with an antique quilt from 1891. I liked knowing it was the correct era.Published 11 months ago by SeminoleHoosier
A great resource for researching ideas for Civil War quilts and fashions. I have many of her books in my quilting library.Published 18 months ago by civilwar2
I was looking for a replacement of one I'd spilled tea on. It has some great information and is very interesting history.Published 21 months ago by L. Brouse