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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

 

Book Review: Quilted Planet by Celia Eddy


Quilted PlanetIf I hadn't already splurged on this luscious $40 book, I would definitely put it at the top of my Christmas list.

British quilter and researcher Celia Eddy has put the quilt world at your fingertips, documenting quilting traditions from around the world with 230 stunning photographs. You expect to see exquisite quilts from England and France and the U.S. and Japan, but Eddy also shows you examples from India, Central America, Africa and New Zealand. Historical quilts and contemporary ones are both included, and you see intriguing glimpses of cross-pollination across eras and cultures.

What will keep this book on your sewing table instead of your coffee table is the depth and detail of Eddy's approach. Under Indian quilts, for example, she shows examples of regional traditions and techniques. Kanthas are needlework quilts once made by layering old saris. The style almost died out but is now being revived. Throughout the book, Eddy has a feature called "Method and Style," where she zooms in on a specific technique or style of quilt, including kanthas, and shows how they are made.

Though originally published in England, Quilted Planet is easily found in this country, where it was published by Clarkson Potter (Eddy says the only thing different in the American version is the cover.)

Eddy is a member of the American Quilt Study Group and in 1998, she founded the British Quilt Study Group. She runs an invaluable online quilting magazine called QuiltStory (www.quilt.co.uk).

Get it at a discount from Amazon!

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