A Selection of Classic Books About Quilts

This year PieceWork celebrates its 25th anniversary. As we page through past issues and look back fondly on the stories we’ve shared, it’s no surprise to us that quilts hold a special place in the hearts of historical textile lovers everywhere. Here are a few of our favorite books about quilts that were featured in the September/October 2007 issue.

Books About Quilts

Quilts Sold: A Guide to Heirloom and Antique Quilts
By Dave and Kathy Prochnow
Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing, 2006. Hardbound, 152 pages, $24.95. ISBN 978-1-58980-375-6.

Anyone who owns or collects antique quilts will appreciate Quilts Sold: A Guide to Heirloom and Antique Quilts. More than 800 quilts sold at auction in the United States (plus a few in the United Kingdom) between 1986 and 2005 are listed according to pattern, year sold, auction house, and price (a description of each quilt is also included). Prices range from $28 for an early-twentieth-century Amish Album crib quilt to $240,000 for an 1867 embroidered quilt. Don’t have a $240,000 quilt in your collection? Authors Drew and Nancy Prochnow offer tips on making your own reproduction quilts. Color photography, charts, and guides to buying through auction houses and quilt care are other highlights of this useful reference.

—Sam Nichols

Books About Quilts

Quilts in a Material World: Selections from the Winterthur Collection
By Linda Eaton
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2007. Hardbound, 208 pages, $40. ISBN 978-0-8109-3012-4.

Written by the curator of textiles at Winterthur to accompany the museum’s 2007 exhibition of the same name, Quilts in a Material World: Selections from the Winterthur Collection showcases a magnificent but rarely seen collection of quilts. The beautifully illustrated book ranges from the personal story of Mary Remington and her 1815 whitework quilt to a discussion of decorating with quilts in the early twentieth century. Collectors and lovers of quilts will want to savor every page.

—Gregory Johns

Books About Quilts

Quilts of Provence: The Art and Craft of French Quiltmaking
By Kathryn Berenson
New York: Potter Craft, 2007. Hardbound, 216 pages, $45. ISBN 978-0-307-34552-3.

Quilted bedcovers, clothing, and decorative accessories have played important roles in Provençal life from at least 1297 when a household inventory included a quilted bedcover. Ten projects for modern quilters range from an intricate wedding quilt to a sweet baby’s bib. Extraordinary photography and a meticulously researched topic inform this book, which should appeal to needlework and costume historians as well as to quilters.

—Alexandra Eastman

If you’re inspired by these great books about quilts, make this free project from PieceWork, a crazy quilt block to stitch!

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