Recently had a little flutter on abebooks.com and found some what I call "oldies but goodies". Books published quite some time ago, but which still play an important part in a quilter's library...some are not really eye candy, more i-deas books.
Three by British author Averil Colby: Patchwork published 1958, Patchwork Quilts published 1965, and Quilting published 1972.
Averil Colby was the first to be inducted into The Quilters Hall of Fame from the United Kingdom. Nearing the age of 60, she began her writing career on a subject she so enjoyed. Patchwork, published in 1958, has been reprinted twelve times. Her books are classics and show the depth of Averil’s research abilities.
Never deemed a quilter per se, Averil reported that her scrapbag of fabrics spanned nearly 200 years.
As chairman of the Handicraft Committee of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, she helped reawaken an interest in quilting in the United Kingdom.
Although there is a little double-up between the books, and many black and white photos (a bit frustrating) they were a crazy 82 pence each, so worth the purchase.
Small Endearments by Sandi Fox (1985) showcases crib quilts and other small quilted treasures - from pillow shams and sewing cases to dimunitive crazy quilts. The second edition includes more recent research and additional information including a chapter on early chintz quilts. The newer edition also has larger full color photographs and additional pictures including close ups of motifs on some of the quilts.
Quilts in America by Patsy & Myron Orlofsky (1974) a consummate body of work that both surveys the topic and gets into details, written with a passion and sensitivity that sheds new light on some very old cloth.
Crib Quilts and other small wonders by Thomas Woodward & Blanche Greenstein (1981) - showcasing many charming and different quilts.
Quite taken with this eagle from the front of Crib Quilts. He seems to have a lot to say!
I managed to score all 6 including shipping from either the UK or US to Australia for under $50 total. All but 1 are new, in perfect condition, Crib Quilts is ex-library but still as new.
I'm impressed. Lots of reading to do now!