I love quilt books. My friends do, too, but they mostly have "how-to" books. The ones I like best are the history books. Of course, there is lots of eye candy, but you learn so much more by looking beyond the illustrations.
You could read these books like novels, and they would be very compelling as such, but I use them more like reference books. If I am looking for information about early quilts in America, for example, I might pull out "Old Quilts" by Dr. William Rush Dunton, or "America's Quilts and Coverlets" by Robert Bishop.
If I am looking for supplemental information from around the globe, I might pull out the "Interwoven Globe" catalogue from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or "Quilts 1700-2010" from the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Last week, a new book arrived. It is called "The Aloha Shirt" by Dale Hope, and it presents historical information about the garment industry in Hawaii. Looking forward to diving in to this book!
|1970s Hawaiian scrap quilt|
So, that's what I'm reading. What are your favorite quilt history books, and which ones have you been reading lately?