Saturday, February 13, 2016
Quilts Patriotic and Presidential is the perfect addition to your library. With this being an election year, even more so.
If you love history, if you love quilting, or both, you will really enjoy reading and looking through this book.
Inside you will find more than 330 images of quilts made for the Presidents of the United States....every president starting with George Washington all the way to Barack Obama.
Before you get to the Presidents you will find a section called "What a History! What a People!" This section has presidential related quilts, excerpts from newspapers and magazines about the quilt and quilt makers, and lots of images.
For each president you find a brief history. For example, did you know that William Henry Harrison was the first president to die in office? He was only president for 31 days. After giving his 2 hour inaugural address on a cold day, he caught pneumonia.
There are quilt related comments from newspapers of the times.
Also featured for each president is a newly made quilt. These quilts are 24 inches square and are all made by quilt historians and enthusiasts affiliated with the American Quilt Study Group. This also includes information from the quilt maker with some history as to why they chose the materials or design.
Close up photos of blocks with details, photos throughout history, the history itself, and the quilts themselves make this the perfect book to add to your own library.
If my children were not all grown now and I was still homeschooling, I would have loved to have added this book to our study of United States history!
The author, Sue Reich, began her love of quilting as a child with her grandmother at her farmhouse in Pennsylvania. She expanded her interests to the historical documentation of Connecticut's quilts. She became a certified AQS appraiser and a NQA trained quilt judge. She lectures nationally on quilt history topics. She is a nationally recognized author of 7 quilt history books and travels to share her quilt research and knowledge.
Again, this is truly a book for history buffs, quilters, and quilt lovers. Highly recommended! I showed the book to lots of my quilting friends and none of them wanted to put it down. They wanted to keep reading, learning, and looking at all of the images.
Disclosure: I rec'd a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.