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Friday, November 25, 2005


America's Fabrics

America’s Printed Fabrics, 1770-1890
By Barbara Brackman
C&T Publishing, 2004
128 pages, suggested retail $29.95

Barbara Brackman’s reputation as America’s quilt historian is unparalleled. She has compiled the most comprehensive quilt block catalogue ever assembled, and has done many historically based quilt books for major publishers. In this volume she turns her attention to fabric, for a fascinating tour of fabric patterns and tastes from the American revolution to the Victorian era. The fabrics are displayed, aptly, in dozens of historical and reproduction quilts, and the book is studded with sidebars and photos featuring the quilters and mill girls who played such a big part in the history of American textiles. In addition to the fabrics and quilts, the book contains eight reproduction quilt projects, with instructions and templates. The book is absorbing in and of itself, and also an invaluable reference to help date antique quilts.

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