Thursday, November 15, 2012

Quilts In Everyday Life, a book review!!

Hi everyone,

I was recently contacted by Schiffer Publishing Ltd to do a review
of one of their newest quilt related books.

The book is 

Quilts in Everyday Life 1855-1955
A 100 year Photographic History
By Janet Finley

I was very excited to receive this book.
I love reading historical information.
Add quilts to that history and I'm in love. 

This is a beautiful hard cover book.
It gives information about photo's that were taken between 1855-1955.
Now these aren't just any old photo's, but ones with quilts in them.
She goes about explaining how she dated these photo's,
and what background information she had discovered about them.

Here are a few  photo's from the book.

Many of the photo's are of children sitting or laying with a quilt.

Some photo's are of deceased children or family members wrapped,
 or covered in their precious quilts.
In the late 1800's, photo's were very expensive and were often taken to have a memory of the deceased family member. 

Quilts were often used as backdrops for photo's, as in the one above.
Isn't that the cutest photo? And look at that gorgeous quilt!!!!

I also love the photo of the quilting bee.

This book has 192 pages of historical photo's with quilts and their background information.
It's a great reference tool.

If you have old photo's that contain quilts, 
you may be able to figure out what time period they came from. 
It makes me think of all those times I've looked at old family photo's.
I used to always go into the trunk of photo's when I was a little girl.
I would sit and hide in my parents closet
 looking through all the picture in that little black trunk.
I got caught doing that so many times.

Hmmmm.....I might just have to convince my Mom to let me go through these photo's to see if I can find any quilts.  
I'm visiting them at Christmas.
 I won't sit and hide in the closet this time though. LOL!!

If  you love historical quilt information,
you should definitely get this book.
It might inspire you to research if you have any photographed quilts 
in your family's photo box.

Thanks again to Christine from Schiffer Publishing Ltd
 for giving me the opportunity to review this book.



tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Que elegância a senhora da capa...adoraria este livro.Colchas da fotos impagáveis,obrigada por me mostrar.

Carla said...

When I first started quilting, I couldn't get enough of the history. I read everything! This looks like a great book.

SewCalGal said...

Sounds like a fun book, full of great insights. I do so love books on historical quilting. I look forward to checking this one out. Thanks for sharing insights. Great review.


Linda in Calif. said...

Thanks for letting us see some of the inside photos. It makes the book so much more interesting. I'll ask for it next I go to the bookstore.

quiltmom said...

this looks like a great book in which one could just enjoy quilts.
Thanks for sharing it-
It has been a terrific bloga thon- I have enjoyed meeting new and old friends alike on my journey around the hop.
Regards from Edmonton,

Dawn said...

This is a great book - I love my copy. I bought a couple for gifts too!
Thanks for sharing!