I am pleased to announce the bookstore is open, and the catalog is now available for my upcoming exhibit "Beauty Secrets: 150 Years of History in One Quilt Pattern" at the Benton County Museum in Philomath, Oregon from August 5th to October 1st, 2011. The exhibit will be part of their biennial Quilt County, a countywide celebration of quilts.
The book is 80-pages, full-color, and includes images of 41 New York Beauty quilts spanning 150 years. During the process of creating this catalog, I placed the quilts in a chronological timeline and a story began to surface about quilt history and changing times in America. The quilts range from pristine masterworks of American needlework to rescue quilts.
I took a very visual approach to the catalog, and that makes sense for me. In my mind, quilts are works of art first and foremost. There is enough text to suggest ways of thinking of what the collection means as a whole. A quick read, and visual kaleidoscope. It is the life story of the New York Beauty. A big thank you to the many encouraging people who have watched this project unfold.
Price: $29.95. If you would like to preview or order the book, click here.