American Patchwork: True Stories from Quilters

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Macmillan, Apr 17, 2007 - Crafts & Hobbies - 256 pages
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For those who enjoyed the honesty and insight of How to Make an American Quilt, this is a moving collection of personal stories that highlight the laughter, sadness, friendships, frustrations, and triumphs shared by the more than 21 million people across the country who call themselves quilters.
 
These touching tales from sixty-seven contributors nationwide form a patchwork of their own in the words of each individual's unique narrative. From the quilt that reunited a family divided by war and an ocean to the twenty-two foot banner that accompanied a dying woman on her last journey, American Patchwork is sure to capture the hearts of quilters and quilt lovers everywhere.
 
Wonderfully varied, instructive, nostalgic, amusing, and often poignantly written, this gem of a book will be treasured for years to come.
 

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Beating Chicken Soup for the Quilter's Soul to the punch, this collection of quilters' anecdotes edited by freelance writer Hakala is aimed solely at a quilting readership. Coincidences, family ... Read full review

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Contents

CIRCLES IN TIME
1
A GUY THAT SEWS
5
MISS BECKS GIFT
7
THE STORYTELLERS DREAM
11
USE IT UP
15
The Making of Quilts and Novels
20
WHAT IS YOUR SIGN?
23
QUILTING FOR LOVE
25
SOMEONE ELSES SCRAPS
121
BUTTERFLIES
124
ORANGE CURSE
129
GEORGIAS BOUNTIES
131
BACHELOR ON THE PROWL
136
THREADS
138
SPECIAL NEEDS
142
PROJECT LINUS
144

IN TRANSLATION
30
HELEN THE HELPER
33
SUNNY
35
SNOWFLAKES
37
with James Joyce on My Mind
40
NICARAGUAN FABRIC CONNECTION
42
SEEK TO PURCHASE MISSION
45
TAKING THE LONG WAY HOME
47
THE PERFECT GIFT
51
QUILTERS STASH
53
HIDING FABRIC MY WAY
56
THIS GUY MUST BE NUTS
60
INTERIOR DECORATION
64
A THING OF BEAUTY
66
MY BOX OF TEARS
69
BURIED TREASURE
72
THE JOURNEY QUILT
75
ANTIQUE REDWORK
77
SCRAPPING WITH ELIJAH
82
AUNTIE LINDAS QUILTING LESSON
87
COINCIDENCE 10
94
and How She Grew
96
I DIDNT GROW UP IN A SEWING HOUSEHOLD
99
DIFFERENT IDEAS
104
MOMMAS YOYOS
109
MONDAY MONDAY
112
A Quilting Adventure
116
A GIFT OF LOVE
147
Circle of Love
151
THE FAMILY THAT QUILTS TOGETHER
153
CRAZY ABOUT YOU
156
HANNAHS QUILT
158
THE QUILT THAT WAITED
160
RESCUE MISSION
163
ARTFULLY FOUND
165
THE SECRET OF THE PLACERVILLE QUILT
168
GRANDMAS LACES
173
PINWHEELS
176
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
178
ROW ROBIN
180
SEWING GENES
183
WEEKLY SEWING CLASS
187
GETTING PINNED
190
A QUILTING MEMORY
192
FOR ESMERELDA WITH LOVE
194
QUILT PHANATIC
196
THE TREASURE CHEST
199
CLIMB THE MOUNTAINS
205
STRANGE OPPORTUNITIES
209
QUILT THERAPY
211
QUILTOLOGY
213
A Collection of Quilting Truisms
219
GLOSSARY OF QUILTING TERMS
223
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About the author (2007)

Sonja Hakala is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher. In addition to writing and quilting, she is also a founding member of the Children's Literary Foundation. She lives with her family in a riverside home in Vermont.

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