We are thrilled to feature two Books of the Month in May — by the one and only Mary Kerr!
About Twisted: Modern Quilts With a Vintage Twist
This full-color description of the creation of 22 quilts gives contemporary quilters fresh ideas for injecting their works with energy from repurposed antique textiles, abandoned blocks, and vintage fragments. For each quilt’s starting inspiration, a fragment of unfinished vintage quilting was incorporated into a modern quilt aesthetic. The newly designed “past-combined-with-present” quilt tops were then shipped to one of 22 contemporary quilt artists, each among today’s best longarm quilters. The new, innovative quilts serve as a bridge between the vintage past and the modern present. Plus, helpful sections on documentation and on working with vintage fabrics assist readers with combining past and present in their own quilts.
About Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Designs
In more than 270 color images, hundreds of quilts, juxtaposed for the first time, celebrate and explore the South’s rich quilting history. Quilt expert Mary Kerr joins 13 other textile historians to show why Southern quilts have a distinctiveness setting them apart, including factors like their patterns, use of tiny pieces, and specific color choices. Learn how the South’s quilting traditions developed among all socioeconomic levels, and in communities such as African American, Scots Irish, and German. The use of cotton, the prominence of making-do aesthetics, and other characteristics are discussed, with in-depth looks at topics like feed sack use and tri-color quilts. Explore the classic patterns of Crown of Thorns, Whigs’ Defeat, and Double Wedding Ring. Enjoy regional treasures like Texas Rattlesnake, the Shenandoah Valley Farmers Fancy, and many more. This compilation includes quilts from every Deep South state, offering commentary, examples, and insights.