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Southern Quilts

Southern Quilts

Celebrating Traditions, History, and Designs


By Mary W. Kerr


Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Designs was one of the first books we promoted when we launched Quiltfolk’s Book of the Month program. And it has seen a resurgence in popularity after being discussed on Quiltside Chats, Episode 3! If you missed reading about this book back in 2018, you now have a second chance to add this favored title to your library. 

About the Book
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.



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