Schiffer Publishing sent me a fun book to review, “Quilting News of Yesteryear: 1000 Pieces and Counting” by Sue Reich.
I hadn’t seen the book before. I was really cute. The book features clips for newspapers that featured news about quilts that contained more than 1000 pieces. Here is a clip from one of the newspapers, Gettysburg Compiler, January 19, 1872 “A 15 year old Athens girl has been engaged on a quilt for the past six years. It is now finished and contains 5,355 pieces.”
Here’s a quote from the Ohio Democrat, September 23, 1875. “A young lady in West Bedford, Coshocton county, Miss Martha Porter, inform the Age that she has a quilt containing 12,320 pieces and she did all the work all herself. A good wife for somebody.”
Here’s a quote from the Indiana Democrat, October 11, 1877, “The quilt-makers may now come to the fore. Mrs. McKiernan, of WIlliamsburg, Blair County, aged 70 years, has manufactured a quilt which contains 4,640 patches. Most any sort of a person who enjoys a good conscience could sleep comfortably under such a gorgeous coverlet as the aged lady has succeeded in making.”
I got a good chuckle out of reading all of these compiled newspaper clippings. As you can see from the photos a few pictures of quilts are scattered in between the clippings. It’s a fun book for anyone who loves quilting history.
If you would like a chance to win the book leave comment telling about how many pieces you most ambitious has contained…mine was the Perkiomen Daydreams quilt with 10,000 pieces or maybe my crumb quilt or my daughter’s crumb quilt. There’s no way to know how many pieces they have!
I’ll pick a winner next week.