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The Pieced Quilt: An American Design Tradition
The Pieced Quilt An American Design Tradition Author:Jonathan Holstein This is a book about American pieced quilts, the kind whose tops are made from pieces of material sewn together, usually in geometric patterns. — Quilts are token of our pre-industrial past, the homestead which exists in fact or myth, and the hand skills which our ancestors practiced as a matter of course, symbolic of virtuous household industry.... more » Industrialization has made us accutely aware of the monetary value of time units: labor is sold in short time spans which can be conveniently rationalized with production cost factors.
They were extremely proud of the time and effort which went into the more elaborate examples. Fine work was prized; they were making an object to be shown and used with pride, a conspicuous example of their feminine skills. There was obviously great personal satisfaction in quiltmaking.