Saturday, October 8, 2011

Quilts in the Attic

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.



 

18 comments:

  1. Karen that's so exciting! Can't wait to see it!
    love
    Jan

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  2. Jan, Thanks! Love you too. Karen

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  3. This is a big exciting jump from Postmark'd Art which is how I know you.
    Congratulations and I look forward to reading the book.

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  4. Sara, Thanks. BTW, your postcard sits by my computer. Hugs, Karen

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  5. Congratulations! looking forward to seeing it when it comes available. I don't have an attic to find quilts in but I love reading about the history of them.

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  6. Claudia, Thanks! There is only one story that involves an attic so you can still hope. Hugs, Karen

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  7. This is wonderful news! I can't wait to read the book, I know how long and hard you have worked on it.

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  8. Thanks! I know I was clueless as to what it would take to make this book happen when I began. I am so happy that your story is included. Are you happy it will be available in Canada? Hugs, Karen

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  9. Love the cover. It is inviting. Not a history buff myself but description pulls me in. Congratulations and great success.

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  10. Karri, Thanks! Especially for telling me that the description pulled you in. That is important to me. Hugs, Karen

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  11. How exciting! This looks like a very interesting read. Mazeltov!
    Sue

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  12. You are a star! I knew that back in Aruba!!!!!!!!! Congrats and I will buy!

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  13. Carol, You are so sweet. Your support and kind words has always been a huge support to me. Love you! Karen

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  14. Sue, Thanks! I so hope people find it interesting to read. It was fun to research. Hugs, Karen

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  15. Karen, I can't wait to get your book. I pre-ordered it on Amazon. I'm so excited for you! best wishes! Bette Fleming

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  16. Bette, You're too wonderful for words. Thanks! Hugs, Karen

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  17. Can't wait to read it!! Thanks for posting on QHL. Why didn't I discover your blog sooner! Duh.....Hugs, Karen A.

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  18. Karen, I am so glad your story was my first story. You made it so easy and help excite me about the project. I hope you will be please. Hugs, Karen

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