What do you think of when you hear the word “quarantine”?
It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has made this term very relevant, and for many, “being kept away” has led to creative outlets. The topic of how quilters have spent their time in isolation has been especially interesting during interviews for our magazine and virtual show-and-tell series. So, if you have personally made a quarantine quilt, or if you know of someone who has, you are not alone.
We are excited to introduce Sandra Sider’s latest book Quarantine Quilts: Creativity in the Midst of Chaos (published just this month by our friends at Schiffer)! You will also recognize that the foreword is written by Meg Cox, one of Quiltfolk’s longtime staff writers.
About The Book
Learn how our creative development is shaped by experiences that isolate us from other people. The insightful words of 97 contemporary quilt artists are combined with evocative photos of their quarantine creations during the COVID-19 pandemic’s first months. Giving us a fascinating perspective, these visual and personal stories of concerns, despair, and ideas can help connect our own experiences with the pandemic to the larger world of creativity. Topics include; Coronavirus Circling the Globe; Home Is Where the Art Is; Be Smart, Be Vigilant; Pandemic Patterns; Pandemic Landscapes; and Politics and Protest. Learn from makers’ notes, their reactions to and experiences with COVID-19, and the visual results of creators’ new ways of thinking.
About the Authors
Sandra Sider, a studio quilt artist since the 1980s, has led critique workshops for Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) since 2005. She holds an MA in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Between 2010 and 2013, Sandra served as president of SAQA, and today she is editor of SAQA’s Art Quilt Quarterly as well as curator of the Texas Quilt Museum. She has written or edited more than a dozen books concerning contemporary quilt art including Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation, Deeds Not Words: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, and Exploring Your Artistic Voice in Contemporary Quilt Art. www.sandrasider.com Meg Cox — author, quilter, and Quiltfolk staff writer — is a nationally known thought leader on the topics of quilting and family traditions. www.megcox.com