- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Rutledge Hill (July 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558530622
- ISBN-13: 978-1558530621
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Soft Covers for Hard Times: Quiltmaking and the Great Depression Hardcover – July 1, 1990
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That is particularly true with "Soft Covers for Hard Times." In this book Ms. Waldvogel chronicles a remarkable phenomenon - a radical shift in the deeply conservative tradition of quiltmaking in the era of the Great Depression, one that involved a burst of new patterns and also a burst of new, softer, pastel colors.
The book addresses two questions - Why were Depression-era quilts generally "pretty" and why were they so similar all across America?
On her way to answering these questions, the author discovers some things that have interest to economists, psychologists, historians, and the general public. For in an era of great economic gloom and stagnation there arose a thriving new industry - one that involved all aspects of the quiltmaking process from the production of fabric, threads, and quilt batting to the publication of new patterns marketed through magazines, booklets, and newspapers. Even the manufacturers of agricultural feed and the sundry makers of sugar, rice, and other commodities sought to gain from the renewed interest in quiltmaking, packing their products in cotton sacks printed in colors and designs similar to those produced by textile mills and popular with quiltmakers. And helping to fuel this new industry were a number of women pattern makers, whose names became household words.Read more ›
Very interesting book by Merikay Waldvogel which I had to replace due to loss of my first edition during a recent move.
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wonderful book!! Enjoyed reading about an area of quilting not in the main stream!Published 4 days ago by Barbara Edney
Great book about quilting during the depression. Well researchedPublished 6 months ago by Maggie the Aggie
great review of the history of qulting -I really enjoyed the stories and pictures of some of the quilts during our times in americaPublished 13 months ago by Patti saxton
Although, the book was excellent and in perfect condition, it did not have the information I was looking for. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Susan Bryant
This is the best history book of the reason for quilting with feed sacks in the 30's, which is still being studied by today's quilters.Published on September 18, 2013 by Joyce Verstraete