If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give your favorite quilter (or to treat yourself—you deserve it!) this holiday season, here are some suggestions from Curated Library:
Curated Quilts Yearly Subscription/Back Issues
Curated Quilts is a quarterly journal. Each issue focuses on a theme and includes a carefully curated gallery of modern quilts, five articles on our featured topic, the winners of our Mini-Quilt Challenge, and two to three quilt patterns. A copy of Curated Quilts printed on cardstock is an addition you will want for your quilting reference collection. Subscribe now so that you don’t miss our Black and White issue, shipping in January.
The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History by Kassia St. Clair
Published by John Murray Hachette, UK
Available online and from booksellers everywhere.
The Golden Thread is more than just a history of textiles over the last 30,000 years. It contains thirteen stories about how fabric has helped accomplish extraordinary things, from surviving in unlikely environments to helping athletes reach new peaks and break world records.
John Murray’s fascinating history tells how in ancient times humans spent more of their time in producing cloth than pottery and food production combined. And the manufacture of fabric drove the Industrial Revolution more than either steel or coal. More recently, Murray examines how each spacesuit used by astronauts to walk on the moon cost between $100,000 and $250,000, in large part because of the special and new fabrics developed for just to survive in space. These snippets are just a few of the interesting things you will learn about how fabrics have shaped human history.
Why We Quilt: Contemporary Quilt Makers Speak Out about the Power Art, Activism, Community, and Creativity by Thomas Knauer
Storey Publishing, LLC
Each of us have various reasons for why we quilt. In his new book, Thomas Knauer seeks to understand why, even though our practical need to make our own quilts has diminished, we still quilt. He posits that our impulse to create has remained constant throughout history and, as a result, the art of quilting has survived and thrived for centuries and into the modern era.
To support his examination, Knauer compiled testimonials from numerous contemporary quiltmakers about why they quilt and fills his book with images of their beautiful creations. From our desire to connect with the past and express ourselves creatively, to the efforts we make to connect with loved ones or to change the world by connecting with people we don’t know. Each quilt we make is an effort to satisfy something deep inside us; a physical manifestation of what we see, feel and are...
In the ‘Curated Studio’ section of each issue of Curated Quilts, we give you a sampling of the latest in modern patterns and fabrics, book reviews, and quilting tools available on the market. To see more selections from our ‘curated library,’ purchase Curated Quilts today.