Thursday, April 12, 2012

Barbara Brackman's Material Culture

... information from a quilt historian about quilt fabric past and present, is now on the blogroll in the right hand column, because it so consistently features interesting posts, not only about the history of American quilts and fabrics (especially around the civil war), and their context in American culture, but also because Barbara Brackman relates her excellent and readable history to contemporary quilting and culture.

Her post of 8th April looks at how differently bindings were applied in the 19th and early 20th centuries and how can be a significant dating clue. Other posts are more about historical context than quilting techniques, and there is a thread of fun running too far beneath the surface.

This recent post looks at quilts featuring reproduction fabrics in the style of English designer William Morris, and includes a link to a Farmer's Wife quilt made in them - this quilt pattern is hugely popular right now.

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