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Quilts of Virginia 1607-1899: The Birth of America Through the Eye of a Needle (Schiffer Books) Paperback – July 1, 2007
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there is plenty of inspiration for quilters here. there are pieced, applique (including the most beautiful whig rose i have seen), and whole cloth quilts. there are examples of quilted petticoats, slippers and bonnets. there are also humbling notes about 14, 16 and even 19 quilting stitches per inch.
this is not a pattern book--there is only one quilt pattern included, and it's only for the brave or very expert.
there are profiles of many of the identified quiltmakers, from martha washington to the slave who purchased her freedom with the income from her needle and went on to design dresses for mary todd lincoln and varina (jefferson) davis. and a couple of female confederate spies.
anyone interested in american history will enjoy this book even if they are not interested in quilts (i'm told there are some people who aren't!).
the book is extremely well-made, and the writing and photos are first rate.
Congratulations to the creators of this book, the Virginia Consortium of Quilters. This is beautifully illustrated and very well written. I very much enjoy reading the history of quilting and learning about the States of America, this book is one of the best that I have read. Virginia is such a rich source of inspiration and the material that these authors have found is just wonderful. Sometimes history books can be a bit dry and technical, this is one that should find a home in every quilters collection.Well done and I look forward to any further works that may be currently a "work in progress".
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If you are looking for a book, at a modest price, with old quilt designs to inspire you or early American patterns to recreate, this is it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Deborah Van Dusen
This was a gift for my mother, an avid quilter and she really seemed to enjoy the book. It even came with some patterns.Published on January 7, 2013 by Elizabeth M Massa
This book that I purchased from Amazon has impressed me so much. It is a well written and illustrated book that shows a history of the state through quilting. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by littlesku
if you are a person that loves history on quilting. this is a great book. it also gives you virginias history. very good book.Published on January 6, 2009 by Corene Chittum