Reviews of Three Books on Quilts

From historical and traditional to modern and contemporary, quilts remain one of the most popular textile arts and needlecrafts. Here are reviews of three books on quilts. First, discover the collection of the American Folk Art Museum; second, learn about embellishment techniques; and third, get inspired by the collection of England’s Quilters’ Guild.

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QUILTS: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum
By Elizabeth V. Warren
New York, New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2010. Hardbound, 336 pages, $75.00. ISBN 978-0-8478-3373-3.

Fair warning: You will lose yourself and a good bit of time from your day after opening the cover of this spellbinding book, which features full-page stunning color photographs of 200 of the most important quilts from the museum collection. Divided into 11 categories of quilts, each chapter opens with a brief description about the characteristics and why the chosen quilts are exemplary in representing the time, style, and technique. Here is a rich variety of beautiful American textile artwork.

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Quilt Toppings: Fun and Fancy Embellishment Techniques
By Melody Crust
Chicago: Breckling Press, 2005. Softbound, 144 pages, $29.95. ISBN 1-933308-02-8.

If you’ve been thinking about adding some embellishment to your next quilt, you’ll appreciate this colorful book that is filled with inspiration. Clear diagrams supplement the text and boxed tips spread throughout offer additional help.

books on quilts

The Quilters’ Guild Collection: Contemporary Quilts, Heritage Inspiration
By Bridget Long, ed.
Iola, Wisconsin: KP Books, 2005. Softbound, 124 pages, $24.99. ISBN 0-89689-185-2.

Twelve quilters, taking inspiration from quilts in the collection of England’s Quilters’ Guild, share the processes they used to create contemporary quilts. Sprinkled throughout are helpful tips (on microwave dyeing, for example) and detailed information on the quilt that served as the inspiration.

Read more about quilts in our blog post, “A Selection of Classic Books About Quilts,” and in our PieceWork Quilting Magazine Collection download.


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