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Quilting News Of Yesteryear: Crazy As A Bed Quilt

From the early 1880s through the second quarter of the twentieth century, American women made crazy quilts in colossal numbers. The velvets, satins, silks, wools and cottons of the crazy quilt era reflect abundance in the economy of the society-at-large. Just as they filled their scrapbook albums with trade cards, calling cards, photos and memorabilia, crazy quilt makers embellished their quilts with their most favorite things. The result was newsworthy...literally. Newspapers picked up on the accomplishments of these talented women and shared them with their communities. This new book contains over 200 newspaper articles dating from 1880 to 1945 that trace crazy quilt patterns and articles in womens magazines and pamphlets. The fascinating text is illustrated with quilts that are contemporary to the source articles. All of the pictures are close-ups, showing their intricate pieces and extensive embellishment. This unusual book enriches the history and appreciation of the quilt as art.

Hardcover: 160 pages

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (February 1, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 076432795X

ISBN-13: 978-0764327957

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #124,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #10 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Paper Ephemera & Cards > Postcards #319 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Needlecrafts & Textile Crafts > Quilts & Quilting

It's not often you get to see a quilt style from the viewpoint of a generation of quiltmakers that made it big! This is an unusual's chockful of quotes and stories about Crazy quilts from a wide variety of 19th century periodicals and newspapers. Mentions are far and wide, funny and serious, and include many hard-to-find sources. (Sue also did a similar book for's listed on , as well: ASIN:0764325957 Quilting News of Yesteryear: 1,000 Pieces and Counting)What makes this book even more interesting is its format -- each quote is set against a backdrop of beautiful, detailed photos of antique Crazies in all their glory. Page after page of pattern, color and design gives you inspiration for your own work.I've set CRAZY AS A BEDQUILT by a favorite chair, so I can dip into it now and again for another juicy nibble of quilt history. This book belongs in your library -- it's inspiring, easy on the eye, and provides information you won't find anywhere else.

If you are an avid crazy quilter, like me, and are into the history of crazy quilts, this book is a wealth of information gleaned from period sources. I found it educational, humorous and thought provoking. To see how women were treated and written about in Victorian versus modern times is interesting. If you crazy quilt, you need this book.

Good book, but not a lot of info. Not many books out on the subject so glad to find this. Wish there were more information.

The book is interesting, but I was expecting more as far as pictures are concerned. It is really just a copy of advertisements for crazy quilting. Fun to browse through, but probably more for historians than crafters.

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