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Quilting by Averil Colby

  • Author: Averil Colby
  • Book title: Quilting
  • Category: Crafts, Hobbies & Home
  • Subcategory: Crafts & Hobbies
  • Publisher: Batsford; 1st Edition edition (1972)
  • Pages: 212
  • ISBN: 0713426454
  • ISBN13: 978-0713426458
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 169
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4 Reviews
Good resource book
I was actually searching for a quilt book that would have quilt projects/fabric choices that would have been popular in the 1970's. However, this book will be a good addition to my quilt library.
thoroughly enjoying it
I’ve got to say it: This book is a historical document, not a pattern book. Quilters, textile designers, and other needle crafters will be drawn to buying it because of the depth of historical research done on this topic. There are numerous tentacles in this book reaching back into the past and, sometimes, creating a reinterpretation of what was done originally.

Before writing this book, the author, Averil Colby wrote a book, fittingly, on patchwork. This, then, prompted her to write this book on quilts because both crafts are interrelated. What is patchwork? In essence, it is the whittling down of once-larger pieces for creating patches to cover worn-out parts of a larger item, to now use these smaller pieces in quilts, which themselves are the now-larger pieces! How practical and utilitarian!

The graphics of this book are tame black and white photos and diagrams, only; there is no injection of a color photo anywhere in the book. Read my review of a great adjunct for “Quilting”, loaded with great color photos and patterns: https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Quilting-Patchwork-Companion/dp/0681602724/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 The Ultimate Quilting and Patchwork Companion .

“Quilting” takes an interesting walk through time, first with figures dating back to 3400 BC and then the 1st century BC. Next, come different schools of needlecraft in Europe. These started with the Crusaders going back and forth to the Holy Land. Quilted garments first traveled from Asia (China and Japan) on the Silk Road through Damascus and then finally to Jerusalem, where the Knights got them to help protect them during battle under chainmail and to keep warm when they headed back to Europe to pick up more wealthy Christians to take back to Jerusalem.

“Quilting” then continues on to the Middle Ages and shows photos of stunningly-stitched, clean, clear quilting handiwork. Frequent garments during this time, then, are for christening robes for babies – not for military wear anymore. As the centuries continue to roll forward, quilted items show up in men’s vests and children’s caps. After that, they show up in specialized quilted garments from Wales, and then they show up in the ‘New World’ as American Quilts for wedding gifts and cushion covers. By the early 1970s, however, when this book was published, a quilting revival was just taking place back in the UK. Quilting takes on various iterations throughout history, mainly as a need. The 1970s quilting was for making a fashion statement and a reinterpretation of the craft.

The author of this book is Avril Colby.

The publisher is Charles Scribner’s Sons, NYC.

This book has 11 main sections. Buy the book to see all of the sub-sections.
Section 1: Origins
Section 2: Materials
Section 3: Tools and Equipment
Section 4: Patterns: Wadded Quilting
Section 5: Patterns: Flat, Cord and Stuffed Quilting
Section 6: The 16th Century
Section 7: The 17th Century
Section 8: The 18th Century
Section 9: The 19th Century
Section 10: The 20th Century
Section 11: Gathered Patchwork

Following these, there are:
a. 5 Appendices
b. Notes
c. Bibliography
d. Index

This book is a quilting history book going far back in time, stretching back to our ancestors in/ or moving to and from Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. The craft was later kept alive by morphing into American quilts when settlers arrived here, and then it went back across the pond to the UK during the early 70s. This book is well-researched and should be a part of the libraries of all quilters everywhere.
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