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

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About the author (2004)

Gwen Marston is a professional quiltmaker, teacher and author. Since 1981 she has had nineteen solo exhibits and participated in many group shows. She maintains a busy teaching and lecture schedule across the United States and has twice taught in Japan. For the past twenty years she has conducted quilt retreats on Beaver Island, Michigan, her year-round home. She was a regular columnist for Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilt for twelve consecutive years.

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