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Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Designs

Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Designs

Mary W. Kerr

Available April 2018

$29.99

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In more than 270 color images, hundreds of quilts, juxtaposed for the first time, celebrate and explore the South’s rich quilting history. Quilt expert Mary W. Kerr joins 13 other textile historians to show why Southern quilts have a distinctiveness setting them apart, including factors like their patterns, use of tiny pieces, and specific color choices. Learn how the South’s quilting traditions developed among all socioeconomic levels, and in communities such as African American, Scots Irish, and German. The use of cotton, the prominence of making-do aesthetics, and other characteristics are discussed, with in-depth looks at topics like feed sack use and tri-color quilts. Explore the classic patterns of Crown of Thorns, Whigs’ Defeat, and Double Wedding Ring. Enjoy regional treasures like Texas Rattlesnake, the Shenandoah Valley Farmers Fancy, and many more. This compilation includes quilts from every Deep South state, offering commentary, examples, and insights.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 272 color images | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764355028 | Binding: hard cover

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Mary W. Kerr is an American Quilt Society certified appraiser, author, curator, and an award-winning quilter. She was born into a family of quilters and has fond memories of growing up in Athens, Georgia. Kerr has been teaching since 1987. Her current lectures and workshops focus on quilt history and the repurposing of antique textiles into contemporary quilts. Her recent work marries her love of all things vintage with the freedom of expression that is encouraged in the art quilt community. Kerr’s other books include Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist and Recycled Hexie Quilts, among many others. www.marywkerr.com