American Patchwork: True Stories from Quilters

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Sonja Hakala
Macmillan, Apr 17, 2007 - Crafts & Hobbies - 256 pages
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For those who enjoyed the honesty and insight of How to Make an American Quilt, this is a moving collection of personal stories that highlight the laughter, sadness, friendships, frustrations, and triumphs shared by the more than 21 million people across the country who call themselves quilters.
 
These touching tales from sixty-seven contributors nationwide form a patchwork of their own in the words of each individual's unique narrative. From the quilt that reunited a family divided by war and an ocean to the twenty-two foot banner that accompanied a dying woman on her last journey, American Patchwork is sure to capture the hearts of quilters and quilt lovers everywhere.
 
Wonderfully varied, instructive, nostalgic, amusing, and often poignantly written, this gem of a book will be treasured for years to come.
  

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Beating Chicken Soup for the Quilter's Soul to the punch, this collection of quilters' anecdotes edited by freelance writer Hakala is aimed solely at a quilting readership. Coincidences, family ... Read full review

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Contents

Circles in Time SHARONA FISHRUP
1
A Guy That Sews JOE ZELLNER JR
5
Miss Becks Gift HENRY JOYCE
7
The Storytellers Dream CATHY CARDWELL
11
Use It Up MARLENE BUSH
15
A Patchwork of Words The Making of Quilts and Novels EARLENE FOWLER
20
What Is Your Sign? ELEANOR FOLLWEILER
23
Quilting for Love MAURA C FLANNERY
25
Someone Elses Scraps BARBARA VALLONE
121
Butterflies DEE STARK
124
Orange Curse SUSAN BRAZEAL
129
Georgias Bounties MADELINE K HAWLEY
131
Bachelor on the Prowl BELLE MCDOUGALL
136
Threads MARY JEWETT
138
Special Needs SYLVIA LONGWORTH
142
Project Linus JOAN FINLEY
144

In Translation WANDA GUIN
30
Helen the Helper MARIAN GOWAN
33
Sunny FONDA L SARFF
35
Snowflakes NINA KLINCK
37
Shopping for Batiks on Sale with James Joyce on My Mind TSANI MILLER
40
Nicaraguan Fabric Connection ELLIE MACNEIL
42
Seek to Purchase Mission JOANN ABBOTT
45
Taking the Long Way Home CATHERINA HOLLIFIELD
47
The Perfect Gift SHANNON DAY
51
Quilters Stash LAUREL KINDLEY
53
Hiding Fabric My Way BECKY SUNDERMAN
56
This Guy Must Be Nuts GEORGE SICILIANO
60
Interior Decoration JUDY BOWDEN
64
A Thing of Beauty MOLLY WOLF
66
My Box of Tears GAYLE WAYNE
69
Buried Treasure B LYNN TUBBE
72
The Journey Quilt BONNIE REECE
75
Antique Redwork DOROTHY NORTH
77
Scrapping with Elijah CHERRY MORGENSTEIN RACUSIN
82
Auntie Lindas Quilting Lesson GINNY LEVIN
87
Coincidence 10 LAURA A BARNETT
94
An Unorthodox Quilter and How She Grew MARCIA BURCH
96
I Didnt Grow Up in a Sewing Household DENISE CAWLEY
99
Different Ideas LYNN HEATH
104
Mommas Yoyos RENIE MORSE
109
Monday Monday T ATKINS
112
Presidents Wreath A Quilting Adventure ANN SHIBUT
116
A Gift of Love CAROL B FUCHS
147
Pohai Ke Aloha Circle of Love PATRICIA LEI MURRAY
151
The Family That Quilts Together SUANN COLE
153
Crazy About You NELLIE PENNINGTON
156
Hannahs Quilt BECKY ROWBOTTOM
158
The Quilt That Waited SALLY WATSON
160
Rescue Mission CAROLYN LAUINGFINZER
163
Artfully Found NANCY VASE
165
The Secret of the Placerville Quilt BETTY WILL
168
Grandmas Laces DELORES ENGELKEN
173
Pinwheels KENDRA HALL
176
First Day of School JOELLYN QUINN
178
Row Robin MICHELLE BARROWES
180
Sewing Genes ALLYSON BREHM
183
Weekly Sewing Class JACQUIE CAMPBELL
187
Getting Pinned HELEN GILMAN
190
A Quilting Memory ORA GREGORY
192
For Esmerelda with Love PAT GASKA
194
Quilt Phanatic ANNETTE MAHON
196
The Treasure Chest R C DAVIES
199
Climb the Mountains DORI GALTON
205
Strange Opportunities JUDY LAQUIDARA
209
Quilt Therapy JEANINE WILLIAMS
211
Quiltology GAEL ZWIEP
213
You Know Youre a Quilter If
219
Glossary of Quilting Terms
223
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Sonja Hakala is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher. In addition to writing and quilting, she is also a founding member of the Children's Literary Foundation. She lives with her family in a riverside home in Vermont.

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