Classic Quilts from the American Museum in Britain
Housed in Georgian splendour at Claverton Manor in Bath, The American Museum in Britain remains the only museum outside the United States to showcase the nation's decorative arts. The museum's collection of textiles is acclaimed as the finest of its type in Europe and the equal of many premier collections in the United States. In addition to weavings and embroideries, the museum boasts an extensive collection of over two hundred quilts. Ranging from the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries, these exuberant works of art and craft are visually bold, technically assured and often proudly patriotic.
Fifty-five quilts from the museum's collection that demonstrate a variety of block patterns, fabrics and key moments in American history are showcased in this book. Quilts featured include pieces sewn by slave seamstresses, a Baltimore Album quilt over ten feet square and boldly patterned Hawaiian and Amish examples. Each quilt has its own story, which is supported by crisp colour illustrations of the quilts photographed in full and in detail.
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A.M.I.B. archives Album quilt American Museum American quilts Amish communities Amish quilts applique designs appliqued backed with white backing fabric Baltimore Album quilt Barn Raising Beatrice binding block design blue central medallion centre chintz Claverton Manor colour corner Crazy quilts diagonal diamond filler diamond quilting Dr Pratt eagle early edges embroidery example floral flowers Freshford front Gee's Bend glazed hand-quilted Hawaiian quilt hexagons John Judkyn Lancaster County Log Cabin Log Cabin blocks machine-pieced Mimosa Hall motif Museum in Britain nineteenth century outer border patchwork Pennsylvania pink plain white popular quilt top quilt-making quilter quilting design quilting patterns red and white red cotton Red Cross red fabric ribbons Rose of Sharon running feather vine scraps seams set on point sewing sewn Shelburne Museum showcase silk squares star stitched straight parallel lines strips surrounded textiles thread triangles Tumbling Blocks type of quilt white background white cotton Whole-Cloth quilt wide wool