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Unconventional & Unexpected

Unconventional & Unexpected

American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000 (Second Edition)


By Roderick Kiracofe
  • The inspiration behind our 2024 Block of the Month: Break the Rules!
  • Qualifies for Free Shipping
  • Expanded second edition
  • Published by Quiltfolk & Schiffer Publishing
  • 258 pages
  • Hardcover with dust jacket
  • 9.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • 3.5 lbs
  • Approximately 173 stunning quilts, including 23 additional never-before-seen quilts from his private collection
  • A new foreword by Carolyn Mazloomi, internationally recognized curator, author, and quilt scholar
  • Essays by leading curators and industry personalities, such as Amelia Peck, Kaffe Fassett, Denyse Schmidt, and more


Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000, by Roderick Kiracofe, was first published in 2014. When the book arrived, scores of quilters both traditional and modern felt a renewed sense of excitement about making quilts since the “unconventional” examples on the pages of the book were imbued with such creativity and energy. It broke open a new way of thinking about quilts and truly changed the conversation. Quiltmakers all over the world have a copy (though it was been out of print for a few years, with used versions often selling for hundreds of dollars online).

There are many great quilting books out there. And then there are those timeless books that find their way onto the shelves of most quilters. We believe that Unconventional & Unexpected is one such classic. The book’s unforgettable quilts, many made by unidentified quilters across the American South, dazzle the eye; essays by leading curators and quilt industry personalities (Kaffe Fassett, Denyse Schmidt) offer insights in every chapter. That is why we were delighted to partner with Roderick and Schiffer Publishing to release the expanded second edition in 2021.

It is an objectively beautiful book, inside and out. The high-quality paper, the oversized format, the brilliant colors of the quilts—it’s truly the kind of book you keep on the coffee table because it’s a shame to stow it away on a shelf.

About Roderick Kiracofe
For more than three decades, famed quilt collector and best-selling author Roderick Kiracofe has been sought out by major art museums and top quilt industry figures for his exceptional taste, experience, and advice. He is active on social media and a regular presence in galleries and quilt shows across the country.

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