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The American Quilt—Signed


The American Quilt—Signed

A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750-1950


By Roderick Kiracofe

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  • Choose from the 1993 Hardcover First Edition, the 2004 Hardcover Second Edition, or the 2004 Softcover Second Edition (while supplies last)
  • Signed by Roderick Kiracofe
  • 304 pages
  • 9″ x 11″
  • Includes more than 250 photographs
  • Qualifies for free U.S. shipping

For more than two hundred years, American women have been recording their hopes and dreams, their fears and frustrations in the exacting stitches and exuberant designs of their quilts. The American Quilt shows how these virtuoso textiles, long appreciated for their bold graphic appeal and naive charm, are also a fascinating reflection of cultural and social attitudes, painting an indelible portrait of our nation’s history and the remarkable women who lived it.

America of the 18th and 19th centuries developed at a breathtaking pace, and the changes that marked each era were inevitably mirrored in the prevailing quilting styles of the period. The American Quilt marks the first time the evolution of quilting has been traced chronologically, identifying the fabric, design, and construction hallmarks of each period and showing the genesis of beloved patterns and styles. A thorough discussion of America’s textile history, complete with a fabric timeline, provides further insight into antique quilts, offering important clues to their age and provenance.

The American Quilt charts the course of quilting in America, from the earliest whole-cloth and broderie perse quilts through the emergence of the block style in all its regional and popular permutations. Special sections are devoted to quilt subgenres, including Amish quilts, Baltimore Album quilts, mourning quilts, and African-American quilts, that are highly prized by collectors today.

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