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Why We Quilt: Contemporary Makers Speak Out about the Power of Art, Activism, Community and Creativity
From temperance quilts to the quilts by the women of Gee's Bend, there's a rich history of individuals and communities using fabric and thread to connect with others and express themselves, both personally and politically. Why We Quilt blends bits of this history with the stories and work of today's leading quilters to highlight universal themes that resonate through this vibrant craft. Prize-winning quilter and teacher Thomas Knauer illuminates the compelling nature of this time-intensive, hands-on pursuit in today's world, with dozens of profiles and stunning photographs. Through his lively prose and thoughtful reflections, accompanied by insightful statements from the quilters themselves, he shares the many reasons why we quilt: to connect with tradition, explore and express our creativity, to make meaning in our lives, to express love and forge connection - and to change the world. Aspiring and skilled quilters, as well as general admirers of this age-old craft, will be intrigued and inspired by the stories and work of today's leading quiltmakers.
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"Thomas is a maker worth watching, but even more importantly he is a thinker worth listening to. This book shows amazing pieces of art and even more amazing ways of thinking, through the lens of an often overlooked medium." -- LUKE Haynes, designer "Why We Quilt beautifully highlights some of the leading quilters of our time, stitching connections between their work and the rich history of quilting that we cannot help but be grounded in. This book reminds me, as a quilter and the owner of a local quilt shop, that what we create -- alone or in shared spaces, for whatever reason -- is important. Our handwork, our stories, our quilt dreams are powerful and meaningful." -- Virginia B. Johnson, owner, Gather Here
"A great compilation of historical significance, beautifully presented." -- Ricky Tims, The Quilt Show
"Knauer's strength is in asking the big questions. Yes, we're quiltmakers, but why? In a day and age when quilting is no longer a necessity, what drives us to cut up fabric and sew it back together again? In Why We Quilt you'll find the answers and they are as rich and deeply satisfying as you might expect: tradition, connection, outrage, and creative expression. A fascinating, beautiful examination of quilting culture." -- Abby Glassenberg, While She Naps