The book is not just about "old" quilts. I have always been passionate about showing people that quilts are much bigger than you think. I want the book to have surprises and most of the stories have details that have never been known.
In the official press release, I wrote:
"For generations, quilts have preserved history and furthered artistic expression. They have changed lives. Quilts in the Attic showcases 30 stories of great quilt discoveries, including masterpiece quilts, great finds and family heirlooms. The chapters reflect on various topics, ranging from Jewish life in the 1850s and a slave named Rinah, to the Sears National Quilt Contest in 1933, to a twelfth-century castle in France, to the 1800s in England and “Joe the Quilter,” to a society of women who vowed never to marry. Though the makers of the quilts probably did not set out to touch our feelings, longings and lives, there is something universal in their experience. The stories shared are both heartwarming and awe-inspiring."
One of the things that I really love about this book is the surprise that you get when you open the book and see that each essay has its own colored paper. Wish I could take credit for this, but I can't. It was a wonderful discovery for me when I received my advance copy.
The size is often a surprise to people it's just a little more than 5" by 7" by 1". There's not cover jacket to mess with either.