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An exquisite and authoritative look at four centuries of quilts and quilting from around the world Quilts are among the most utilitarian of art objects, yet the best among them possess a formal beauty that rivals anything made on canvas. This landmark book, drawn from the world-renowned collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, highlights the splendor and craft of quilts with more than 300 superb color images and details. Fascinating essays by two noted scholars trace the evolution of quilting styles and trends as they relate to the social, political, and economic issues of their time. The collection includes quilts made by diverse religious and cultural groups over 400 years and across continents, from the Mediterranean, England, France, America, and Polynesia. The earliest quilts were made in India and the Mediterranean for export to the west and date to the late 16th century. Examples from 18th- to 20th-century America, many made by Amish and African-American quilters, reflect the multicultural nature of American society and include boldly colored and patterned worsteds and brilliant pieced and appliquéd works of art. Grand in scope and handsomely produced, Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection is sure to be one of the most useful and beloved references on quilts and quilting for years to come.
A riveting look at how the early modern world revolutionized sleep and its relation to body, mind, soul, and society Drawing on diverse archival sources and material artifacts, Handley reveals that the way we sleep is as dependent on culture as it is on biological and environmental factors. After 1660 the accepted notion that sleepers lay at the mercy of natural forces and supernatural agents was challenged by new medical thinking about sleep’s relationship to the nervous system. This breakthrough coincided with radical changes shaping everything from sleeping hours to bedchambers. Handley’s illuminating work documents a major evolution in our conscious understanding of the unconscious.
The definitive treasury of Massachusetts's historic quilts, and a tribute to the creative spirit of their makers
For the very first time, all the winning quilts in the world's most prestigious juried show are photographed, described, and collected in one ultra-glorious book--provides endless inspiration for those who practice this extremely popular craft. Every two years, the International Quilt Association presents the largest and most esteemed quilting competition in the world. The show brings together professional and home quilters alike, all entering their finest pieces. Anyone who wins a prize has true talent, creativity and skill--and here are the quilts that emerged victorious in all the specialty areas. There are variations on tradition patterns, such as log cabin or Amish Star, as well as exquisite examples of Japanese quilting, Trapunto, and many other more unusual forms. While no instructions accompany the eye-opening images, the projects can be reproduced for those who want to try their hand at making them, and the artists offer helpful background on each piece. Quilters will treasure this collection--and wait eagerly for the ones to come from future shows. Rita Weiss is the author of the classic and bestselling 7-Day Afghans, as well as 24-Hour Quilts and many other books. She serves on the board of the International Quilt Association.

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