My book Quilts in the Attic: Uncovering the Hidden Stories of the Quilts We Love is becoming more of a reality! The book jacket is done and I'm really happy with it. Sorry that I can only share with you the cover, but the jacket isn't available to share. The book can also be pre-ordered on Amazon for $16.32 (32% off the list price of $24.00). Please "Like" this book on Amazon. (By the way, I learned that Amazon usually edits book description which is exactly what they did with mine. Who knew?) The date on Amazon has already changed once. I don't have an exact date yet when it will be available (I will let you know), and the original time frame was January. Once the book is out, I will be blogging about details, history and stories of the quilts and people I interviewed that are not included in the book.
I am also thrilled that the book will be available in Canada and the UK! I hope you will enjoy reading it.
Here is the description from the back cover:
FOR GENERATIONS, quilts have both preserved history and furthered artistic innovation, leading to personal and creative discoveries that have changed lives. Quilts in the Attic showcases 30 stories of great quilt discoveries— including masterpiece quilts, fascinating finds, and family heirlooms. From unearthing breathtaking quilts at summer flea markets to finding Grandma’s priceless heirloom quilt hidden away in a box, the stories in this book are both heartwarming and thrilling.
Through these tales, we learn about Jewish life in South Carolina in the early 1850s and a slave named Rinah, we delve into the 1933 World’s Fair Sears National Quilt Contest, and we travel to France and a twelfth-century castle to track down a unique quilted bed set. The memories shared here show the basic drive in the human spirit to create something that carries purpose and meaning, and they shed light on the works of well-known quiltmakers like Mary Lee Bendolph from Gee’s Bend, Marie Webster, and Ruby Short McKim.
Though the makers of the quilts probably did not set out to touch our feelings, longings, and lives, there is something universal in their experiences. Featuring stories from both unknown and famous quilters alike, Quilts in the Attic uncovers the mystery and meaning of the quilts we love.
Description given in the inside front flap:
As both history and art, quilts express the human experience and can lead us to discoveries about ourselves, about the past, and about artistic creation as a whole. Quilts in the Attic features 30 heartwarming stories of great quilt discoveries—from bidding on a breathtaking quilt at an estate auction to uncovering a little-known art form in France to finding and repairing a priceless heirloom quilt. One quilt features a block made by a slave, and another quilt inspires a mixed media artist, but ultimately, all of these stories reveal the mystery of why we love quilts.