Here is the largest and most comprehensive history of American quilts and quilting ever published - 21 million practising quilters live and quilt in the USA, and this book covers the whole, diverse history of quilts and quilting, from early colonial days, through Native American Indians, Hawaiian, Hmong, Amish, African American, all have left distinctive imprints, patterns, and history, celebrating cultural identity, and how they connect quilters through quilting bees and other community groups. Noted quilt historian Elise Schebler Roberts also goes beyond the historical nature of quilts to cover current efforts at quilt preservation, collecting and appraising, documentation projects. Gloriously illustrated with more than 200 full-colour photographs of classic collectible quilts, this also contains an encyclopaedia of favourite quilt styles, and is a must-have book for any quilter.
Elise Schebler Roberts is a quilt historian and writer who has been quilting for nearly twenty years. She is on the roster of Minnesota Folk Artists and the Minnesota Quilter's Guild, and she also works to preserve historic quilts as a member of the Minnesota Quilt Project. Previously the Curator of Education at the State Historical Society of Iowa, she is now working toward her doctorate in art and history while teaching art history and humanities at Minnesota School of Business. Elise has written numerous articles and is a contributing author to Minnesota Quilts: Creating Connections with Our Past, and Around the Quilt Frame, both published by Voyageur Press. She lives in the Twin Cities.Helen Kelley, of Minneapolis, MN, is Americas most popular quilting columnist and has written for Quilters Newsletter for over twenty years. She is a master quilter and has taught and lectured across the country. Helens Renaissance Quilt was chosen as one of the 100 Best Quilts of the Twentieth Century. She is the author of Every Quilt Tells a Story and Helen Kelleys Joy of Quilting and is the 2008 inductee into the prestigious Quilter's Hall of Fame.Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the Elm Creek Quilts Novels Series.