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Quilts: A Living Tradition
From Library Journal
Shaw, curator of the Shelburne Museum from 1981 to 1994, is a
recognized authority on American folk art. This volume, his first
devoted entirely to the quilting tradition, stands out amid a
plethora of books on the history of the quilt, not only for the
richness of its carefully chosen illustrations but also for the
wealth of information it conveys. A good companion volume to
Patsy and Myron Orlofsky's Quilts in America (LJ 3/1/75;
Abbeville, 1992. rev. ed.), which emphasized the early years
of American quiltmaking, Shaw's book covers some of the same
ground. But Shaw also examines contemporary quiltmaking since
1970; Amish, African American, Hawaiian, and Native American
quiltmaking traditions; the modern art quilt; and innovative
work done by Japanese quiltmakers who are adding quilting to
their own rich textile tradition. Cameo portraits of premier
quiltmakers add personal interest to the narrative. Among scores
of full-color illustrations are many quilts from private collections
published here for the first time. Highly recommended.
-Janice Zlendich, California State Univ.
From April Austin - The Christian Science
Nothing compares with a handmade quilt. The feel of it, the tiny
stitches marching in orderly rows, the warm weight of it draped
over the foot of a bed. Now a book captures all the imagination
and skill of this textile art. [It] was written by Robert Shaw,
former curator of the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt., noted
for its American folk-art collection and scholarship. While the
book's written portions reflect Shaw's authority on the subject,
readers will be drawn to the photographs of these spectacular
quilts. Truly a beautifully produced book.