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Quilts Around the World: The Story of Quilting from Alabama to Zimbabwe [Hardcover]

Spike Gillespie , Karey Bresenhan , Marsha MacDowell , Hollis Chatelain , Carolyn L. Mazloomi , Karen Musgrave , Laurel Horton
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

November 21, 2010

This essential book for all quilters and quilt collectors tells the fascinating story of quilting around the world, illuminated by the international quilt community’s top experts and more than 300 glorious color photographs. Covering Japan, China, Korea, and India; England, Ireland, France, and The Netherlands; Australia, Africa, Central America, North America, and beyond, Quilts Around the World explores both the diversity and common threads of quilting. Discover Aboriginal patchwork from Australia, intricate Rallis from the Middle East, Amish and Hawaiian quilts from the United States, Sashiko quilts from Japan, vivid Molas from Central America, and art quilts from every corner of the globe. Also included are twenty patchwork and applique patterns to use in your own quilt projects, inspired by designs from the world’s most striking quilts.

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About the Author

Spike Gillespie is the critically acclaimed author of several books, including Quilting Art: Inspiration, Ideas & Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Quilters and Quilty As Charged: Undercover in the Material World.  Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Smithsonian, Real Simple, Fiber Arts, and many other publications. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (November 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760337446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760337448
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is not a "how to" book, but rather a brief history of quilting in many countries around the world. I have it on my coffee table and even people who do not quilt have enjoyed thumbing through and looking at quilts from specific parts of the world.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for ... March 23, 2011
Spike's presentation of quilt history can turn those people who don't think history is interesting into people who do and who want to learn more. History doesn't mean old and dusty, it means past events including those that happened yesterday.
It is the tidbits from different countries that I found compelling, especially from guest authors talking about their local guild and exhibits. These women are recognized experts in their craft or business. They add a down to earth friendly sense of their area's quilters, past and current. I would go so far as to say it includes pop culture of the times we live in as quilters in the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is better than its beautiful cover! March 28, 2012
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If you can believe my title of this review, and you purchase this book,
you will most likely be pleased as punch. The scope of information is astounding to me. It took some incredible work to get this all together. It is going to be fun to present what I am learning to my quilt guild. It is a little heavy but
so worth it. Pretty enough to be a coffee table book, I am putting it on mine.
It will be handy for me to look up things and share with others. I am inspired to
attempt to produce better work in my own sewing. Knowing what other quilters do
has allowed me to feel connected to quilters around the world, back thru history and nowadays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to Look At February 1, 2014
By Debra
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The quilts are nice to look at, but the history information is not very deep. My copy was damaged, despite a request to the seller to ask why the price was so low. She assured me there was nothing wrong, but there was damage to the hard cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book January 5, 2013
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This is a beautiful book. It is full of beautiful pictures of quilts and tells a variety of stories of how quilts were developed. I have crafted my entire live and have never chosen to quilt. I have seen beautiful quilts made by the Amish and others and have still not been inspired to make my own. This book was valuable to me because it showed quilts from different regions of the world and helped me see how a quilt could fit into my life. I was so I spired that I recommended that our library purchase a copy and now the school has two.
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