New Historical Quilt Books


The Historical Interest committee is delighted to tell you of the 2 new books in the library. Both are written by my 3rd favorite Quilt Historian, Sue Reich. Reich is a superb researcher. In World War I the pictures of quilts are not what we would call patriotic. Chapter one is “Quilting through the 1910s.” From Crazies to redwork to tobacco silks are covered. Pictures of antique fabrics and a page for the Sears catalog and the popularity of newspaper and magazine patterns give a quick view. The other chapters, “Loyal to the Cause” and “Under the Red Cross Flag” complete the book. Reich mixes the history of the war with newspaper articles of what was happening on the home front. Reich’s World War II Quilts is in its second edition. Everyone who has made a Quilt of Valor and everyone who is thinking about a Quilt of Valor needs to read this. If all history books tell both the Home Front and the Front Line stories no one would consider history boring. Page 127 pictures a Navy Patch Quilt that can only honor Senator McCain (even is the wrong war). “V” for victory quilts have their own chapter. I hope guild members read this book until the pages fall. It is that good! Catherine Litwinow

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