Why We Quilt

✸ Why We Quilt  Epub ✻ Author Thomas Knauer – Johndore.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Why We Quilt
  • Thomas Knauer
  • English
  • 10 January 2018
  • 9781635860337

About the Author: Thomas Knauer

Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Why We Quilt book, this is one of the most wanted Thomas Knauer author readers around the world.


Why We Quilt In This Tribute To Today S Vibrant Quilting Community, Prize Winning Quilter And Teacher Thomas Knauer Showcases A Stunning Collection Of Quilts From A Wide Range Of Contemporary Makers, Accompanied By Their Testimonials About What Inspires And Imbues Their Craft With Meaning From Temperance Quilts To The AIDS Quilt, There S A Rich History Of Individuals And Communities Using Fabric And Thread To Connect With Others And Express Themselves, Both Personally And Politically Why We Quilt Blends Bits Of This History With The Stories And Work Of Today S Leading Quilters, Highlighting Themes Of Tradition, Community, Consumerism, Change, And Creativity With A Unique Die Cut Cover And A Richly Layered Design, This Book Will Enthrall Designers, Quilters, And All Types Of Handcraft Enthusiasts

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10 thoughts on “Why We Quilt

  1. Nancy says:

    When a stranger learns that I make quilts I am told stories about grandmothers who made quilts You can see in their eyes the warm memories they hold dear of sleeping under grandma s quilt, or draping a quilt over a table to build a sleeping tent, or carrying it to some shady park for a picnic Quilts are made to be used And they are often used up, like the one my mother in law gifted us in the 1980s, sun bleached with one fabric completely decayed.Some quilts are so precious they are folded away and stored in a closet or a cedar chest.Every quilt is also the product of its creator s love of beauty and design, a tactile work of art, the quilter selecting colors and prints and designs Quilts can be born out of frugality, using up and preserving, fabrics, like the first quilt my mother in law made for my husband to take to college using fabric scraps from curtains and pajamas and clothing she had made Quilts are no longer items of necessity as during the Depression, a need to repurpose precious fabrics for warmth But we love fabrics that come with a memory.Quilts symbolize values held by the maker, from love of family to love of country, from a symbol of healing to a symbol of protest They represent a choice for the hand made and the unique over the impersonal and factory manufactured.Quilts tell a story Quilts can change our perception Quilts are comfort Quilts connect us with each other even when separated by time and space Quilts are created for joy, and for protest They are vehicles for self expression, sharing what we love and what we fear Quilts are personal and they are communal They are to be used today and to be preserved for future generations.No one description can explain a quilt Thomas Knauer grew up in Amish country, an area associated with quilting, but his first personal encounter with quilts was the AIDS Memorial Quilt, opening his eyes to the many uses quilting can assume A contract to design quilting fabric finally led him to make his first quilt Knauer learned first hand of the power of quilts when he gave that quilt to his daughter, whose reaction of excitement and love impelled him to make quilts.Knauer s protest quilts make us uncomfortable Like the Trayvon Martin quilt based on a shooting target, Tea and Skittles and the Sunbonnet Sues carting AK 47s in One Child is too Many I personally respond to quilts of protest as much as respond to antique quilts or contemporary quilts made to be used Why We Quilt addresses the many motivations behind creativity in the quilt world Artist Statements are illustrated with photographs of the quilter s work Voice of Quilting offers insights into the most important quilters of today, from traditionalists to innovative art quilters, including Denyse Schmidt, Joe Cunningham, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Lynette Anderson, Mary Fons and Marianne Fons, and Chawne Kimber Each chapter includes Quilting Vocab Explained, clarifying quilt concepts discussed in the chapter.Knauer writes with love and emotion of the history of quilting, sharing antique and contemporary quilt photographs.Each chapter offers a deeper look into the reasons why we quilt We Quilt to Connect with a Rich Tradition The roots of American quiltingWe Quilt to Explore and Express our Creativity The maturation of quiltingWe Quilt to Move Beyond Modern Consumer Culture The Introduction of StandardizationWe Quilt to Create a Connection with Loved Ones Other voices in American quiltingWe Quilt to Change the World The role of signature quilts in reform movementsWe Quilt Because We Can and Because We Cannot Help but Do So The American Bicentennial and Quilting s great revivalWhy We Quilt is a beautiful book There is a wonderful diversity and range of quilts and quilters Quiltmakers will find kindred spirits As a quiltmaker who loves both traditional and antique quilts and contemporary quilts, especially those that address contemporary issues of justice, I found much to enjoy Each time I open the book I find something to inspire.I received access to a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

  2. Tracy Wood says:

    As an enthusiastic quilter I was delighted to see this book It was not quite what I expected but the main reason for its conception came across well and resonated with me than a few times The author is a statement quilter, he uses his art to address today s problems while others quilt for the exact opposite reason me included The testimonials from both sides of the Atlantic were varied in their explanations as to why they quilt as is to be expected and their offerings were equally different in all but name There is a supposed history of need being the mother of quilting in the way bedding was made from what was close at hand Quilts were sewn together for warmth as pioneers crossed the American wilderness or mothers and grandmothers provided for their families in poorer communities the world over and examples of this are beautiful in their simplicity and complexities There was however a time when only the wealthy were able to afford the imported fabrics which were the basis for wholecloth quilts and these too are shown in all their splendour This is a book to make you think about your own reasons for quilting and how they change as we get experienced or less hesitant It also shows that what one person thinks is beautiful and noteworthy is not likely to be universally agreed upon Some of the examples are of quilts I would love to make or own, others not so much This is not a book with patterns, instructions or projects it is instead something to make us consider why we love to do something creative and thinking this through as you sew seems a very good idea to me I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys considering why they create things and whether others agree.

  3. Caro says:

    A beautifully produced book about what drives quilters to quilt, whether comfort, beauty, tradition, protest, community As a quilter I loved this, while for non quilters it might show you aspects of quilting you haven t encountered before And did I mention that it s a physically beautiful book

  4. Michelle Mallette says:

    See my full review

  5. Naomi says:

    This is a really beautiful and powerful book exploring the multifaceted reasons for why we quilt Whereas quilts are no longer the material necessity that they once were, why do we continue to engage in an activity which can be financially costly and is time consuming The reasons are complex and often subjective to the maker yet they all seem to link to the main theme of connections connections with ourselves, with others, with the world around us, with materials, with the present moment, with our history, and so much I love the blend of academic, critical reflections on quilting alongside personal reflections from both the author Thomas Knauer and other quilters The photography is stunning and shows a wide range of quilts, techniques, colours and styles It is an inspiring, reflective, thought provoking read I would have liked of an international perspective for why people quilt in non USA locations such as Europe, New Zealand, Canada I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in sewing, textiles, patchwork, narratives, history, anthropology, psychology, creativity, arts crafts and, of course, quilts.

  6. Diane Ferbrache says:

    If you are a quilter, you will likely enjoy this book If not, you likely won t.Filled with lovely full color illustrations and accompanied by first person accounts of why each person quilts, this is a very enjoyable, informative, and even inspirational book I love the interspersed history lessons descriptions of traditional quilt blocks I also loved that both traditional and modern quilts are featured There are some well known names here and some not so well known, but all are inspiring and obviously love the craft art of quilting I really enjoyed this book, but honestly at the projected price of 30 upon print publication, it seems a bit pricey since it s only slightly over 200 pages including the photos and references at the back Still, it would make a nice gift for the quilter in your family.

  7. Becky says:

    This book was fascinating and beautiful I ve always been interested in quilting, but this book really explores the stories that make quilters quilt.What this book isn t is a how to on quilting What it is is first a history of quilting as an art form, as an expression of ideas and values Then, second, it is an exploration of what draws people to quilt. what are the ideas that they are trying to express, why do they choose to do this in quilt form, and what gets produced.I ve never read a book quite like this and if you are interested in this art form as both a creative, but also often a political act I highly recommend this book.

  8. Leyla Johnson says:

    An interesting read, combining quilt makers reason for quilting and a little about their style and what led them to take up the fibre art form.The chapters are divided into connecting to tradition, exploring expressing creativity, moving beyond consumer culture, creating connections with loved ones, changing the world, and finally a chapter called and because we cannot help but do so There are 28 well know quilt artist, with their stories spread over these chapters, all make interesting reading and their quilts make beautiful examples of their work and style.A good book to dip into at various times or read whole.

  9. Sharon says:

    An interesting book, and a good look at some of the most modern quilts out there Many of these quilts are dissonant, social commentaries about events happening right now It was very hard to follow on a Kindle, as the descriptions and the designer information might be on one page and the photos on another page This book was interesting reading, and geared to a much younger, hip audience Someone described this work as a conversation starter about quilting, and I agree with that This is in no way a how to book.I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a review.

  10. Liz Gray says:

    This is a beautifully made book even though it has one of those clever covers that drive librarians crazy and the illustrations are excellent I flagged several modern quilts that I would love to make However, it is a book that seems unsure of its identity history art activism It explores all these topics but in a fragmented way that made it hard to read Also, I found many of the quilters narratives repetitive Bottom line it s worth your time to browse through it if you are a quilter looking for inspiration, but I wouldn t go out of your way to find it.