Mary Schafer, American quilt maker

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University of Michigan Press, 2004 - Antiques & Collectibles - 216 pages
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Extensively illustrated, with over 100 drawings and 11 unique Mary Schafer patterns, Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker is a must-have book for anyone passionate about American quilting.

While we take that passion for granted today, author Gwen Marston shows that it wasn't always so; indeed, one woman, Mary Schafer, was largely responsible for the restoration of interest in one of our greatest folk arts -- long before the American bicentennial turned quilting into what seemed like an overnight sensation.

Marston presents Schafer as an unassuming scholar: the anonymous quilter, remaining humble and somewhat retiring. Behind the modest fašade, however, Schafer displayed a remarkable devotion to research, historical accuracy, and community through her efforts to make quilting available to as many people as possible.

Nonquilters will find Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker a welcome addition to their collection of the work of masters of American folk art, while quilting aficionados will appreciate it not only for the story it tells, but for the generous selection of patterns and illustrations it offers.

Gwen Marston is a nationally known quilt maker, teacher, and author. She is the author of over fifteen books on quilting, including Liberated String Quilts, 70 Classic Quilting Patterns, and Amish Quilting Patterns.

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With a meandering writing style, Marston, the leading specialist on Mary Vida Schafer (b. 1910) and author of 15 books on quilting, documents Schafer's 290 complex to colorfully simple works, all ... Read full review

Contents

NORTH CAROLINA LILY
7
Quilt Study ii
16
Mary Schafer and Her Quilts
27
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About the author (2004)

Helping quilters realize their own creative abilities, Gwen Marston teaches quiltmaking in the United States as well as Japan. She has enjoyed more than 26 solo exhibits of her work in both of these countries, including seven museum exhibits of her small quilts. Gwen has been a regular columnist for "Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilts" and has authored 15 books, five for AQS.

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