The Quilt: A History and Celebration of an American Art Form
Author: Elise Schebler Roberts
Foreword by: Jennifer Chiaverini
Contributors include: Sandra Dallas, Helen Kelley, Jean Ray Laury, Ami Simms, Alex Anderson and Patricia Cox.
Read Jennifer Chiaverini’s foreword
The story of the American quilt is the story of America itself, stitching together the history, hopes, and heartaches of a nation. From colonial to pioneer quilts, Civil War to Victorian crazy quilts, Depression-era quilts to quilts of the present day, this American craft speaks volumes about the changing world around us and the lives of the quilt makers who have pieced it together.
The largest, most comprehensive history of American quilts ever published, The Quilt explores the evolution of quilting in America. It shows, in vivid colors and patterns, how African American, Amish, Hawaiian, Hmong, and Native American quilts celebrate cultural identity, and how quilts connect us to one another through quilting bees and other community groups.
Author Elise Schebler Roberts also goes beyond the historical nature of quilts to cover current efforts at quilt preservation, with discussions of museums, collecting and appraising, and state documentation projects. Her book features an encyclopedia of favorite quilt styles, detailing the stories behind applique quilts, crazy quilts, art quilts, scrap quilts, sampler quilts, and whole-cloth quilts, as well as traditional patchwork patterns like the Nine Patch, Log Cabin, and Double Wedding Ring. The Quilt is gloriously illustrated with more than 200 full-color photographs of classic collectible quilts, close-up detail shots, current and historical photos of quilters, and vintage quilting memorabilia such as pattern booklets, advertisements, posters, postcards, and more.
I was flipping through this book savoring each luscious page and then nearly dropped it! I turned to this page that held a photo of A Tailor's Sampler Quilt.
This one is dated 1927 and made by Essie Naomi Teague Williams, Maiden, North Carolina
"Essie used fabric samples from her husband Isaac's grocery and dry goods store to make this practical quilt. They are predominantly wool men's suiting samples. She tied it with blue yarn."
And why you ask would this astound me so?
This is the one that's been on my bed or sofa for years!
I had no idea there were any others like it! I have seen a lot of quilts in my day, especially having been a producer on the TV show Simply Quilts but simply never guessed this was an actual style of quilting!
I have always loved it because of the muted colors and what I felt was a modern quality.Don't get me wrong I love all the quilts made with bright pretty fabrics but my home is so full of color and "stuff" keeping the decor to a more subtle tone generally works better.
And I just thought I'd share an old photo of the wonderful crafter who made this beauty-my great grandmother-Anna Fontaine (maiden name) Girard. They lived in Taftville, CT. It was a mill town back then so it's likely she scored the fabric from the mills.
This is a picture of her still crafting in her 90's! In addition to quilting she made those knitted slippers and pin cushion hats out of spray can lids.