PieceWork Reviews Books on Quilts

Quilts have a long and storied history and remain one of the most popular textile arts and needlecrafts. Below are three reviews of books on quilts. First, discover the quilts from the Miami Valley region of Ohio; second, learn about crazy quilts; and third, get inspired by the quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy collection.

books on quilts

Album Quilts of Ohio’s Miami Valley
By Sue C. Cummings
Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2008. Softbound, 128 pages, $19.95. ISBN 978-0-821-41825-3.

This is far more than a book on quilts—it’s also the story of the people who made these distinct quilts in one small region of the state. In this area, between 1888 and 1918, quilters made album quilts to document life events. Quilt historian Sue Cummings shares her documentation here. The quilts are stunning and beautifully photographed.

books on quilts

Allie Aller’s Crazy Quilting: Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching
By Allie Aller
Lafayette, CA: C&T Publishing, 2011. Softbound, 128 pages, $29.95. ISBN 978-1607051732.

Besides learning new techniques for creating your own fabrics, methods of piecing, and an array of embellishment techniques with beads and embroidery stitches, this uniquely useful book encourages readers to develop a zeal for new ideas: exciting and attainable ones. Supportive color images are on every page. Six small projects to practice are included. This inspirational resource book belongs in every quilter’s library.

books on quilts

The Art of Comfort: Antique Quilts and Bed Coverings from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection
Lexington, Kentucky: University of Kentucky Art Museum, 2006. Softbound, 49 pages, $18. ISBN 0-9779541-0-2.

Although this book was published as a catalog for an exhibition, quilt lovers will still want it for their libraries. Forty quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection of more than 2,500 quilts are featured, each in full color and shown on separate pages. Dating from 1880 to 1940, the quilts are striking.

Read about more books on quilting in the PieceWork blog post, “Reviews of Three Books on Quilts,” and in our PieceWork Quilting Magazine Collection download.


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