Sunday, August 16, 2009

Quilt History Book on New Hampshire Quilt Historian

If you have come to this site, it is likely because you are interested in textiles and the history of the textiles. For anyone who is new to textiles and textile history, My friend, Patricia Lynne Grace Cummings, is one of the most highly respected quilt historians in the quilt world. With some 8 published books and countless published articles on quilt history and other subjects, Patricia is a seasoned and highly dedicated researcher, and her books are full of interesting facts and history that takes you well beyond the given subject of any of her books.

Her latest book, Ellen Emeline (Hardy) Webster (1867 - 1950): Her Amazing "Quilt Charts," Her Writings and Her Life is an incredible book, not only covering the important work Ellen Webster performed to preserve quilt history, but amazing details surrounding her life. Ellen was a teacher and a college professor, and her published writings form a part of her greater legacy. A spiritual woman who loved quilts, birds, music, nature, Bible studies, and who was involved in the community, Ellen preserved the designs of antique quilts by recreating them on "quilt charts" made with pieces of fabric or wallpaper.

This history-rich CD will be an enjoyable read for those interested in the recent discoveries in quilt history as well as New Hampshire History. It contains some 240 images and 355 pages, so is an important addition to any serious student of quilt history or textile appraisers' libraries. It is available from Pat's web site, Look under Products Available and you will find it there. You can pay through Paypal, and it will be an excellent investment for your historic education. You will also find many other things of interest on Pat's web site, including free articles on many areas of quilt history. She also has a blog, and you will find her photos and articles a good read.

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