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New Book | American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1760–1870

Posted in books by internjmb on December 27, 2017

From the University of Nebraska Press:

Patricia Cox Crews and Carolyn Ducey, eds., American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1760–1870: The International Quilt Study Center and Museum Collections (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018), 528 pages, ISBN 978 08032 95926, $90.

Part of a comprehensive catalog of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum collection, American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1760–1870 highlights the dazzling designs and intricate needlework of America’s treasured material culture. From whole cloth to pieced quilts to elaborate appliqué examples, all reflecting various design movements such as Neoclassicism and Eastern exoticism, the contributing authors address the development of quilt making in America from its inception in the 1700s to the period of the U.S. Civil War.

Covering more than one hundred years of quilt making, this volume examines the period’s quilts from both an artistic and a historical perspective. The contributors provide critical information regarding the founding of the republic and the influential republican values and ideals manifested in the quilts of this era. They also address the role that immigration and industrialization played in the evolution of materials and styles. With full-color photographs of nearly six hundred quilts, American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1760–1870 offers new insights into American society.

Patricia Cox Crews is founding director emerita of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum and professor emeritus in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She has edited and co-edited multiple books, including American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870–1940: The International Quilt Study Center Collections and Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts. Carolyn Ducey is curator of collections at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. She is the author of Chintz Appliqué: From Imitation to Icon and is a contributing author of Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts.

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