Books on Monday – Mary Black’s Family Quilts

As you may have supposed would happen eventually, I have run out of newly purchased books to review so I am going to my quilt book library to find books to review for you. I hope you enjoy them!

Today’s book is very different from the books I usually review. This is not a book that will teach us how to do something quilty or a book full of patterns for making quilts. This is a book of history. The book is Mary Black’s Family Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life by Laurel Horton. (Amazon Affiliate link follows.

In this book, Laurel Horton uses the sixteen quilts from Mary Black’s collection (all made by herself or members of her family) to document what life was like for this South Carolina family. This job was made much easier by the labels that Mary Black and her daughters attached to the quilts. (Yes, this is a wonderful reason to put labels on your quilts – so that 100 years from now someone can write a scholarly book about you and your family.)

This is not a read-it-in-one-sitting book. Like books of history, it takes a while to truly appreciate what the author has done here using quilts as the basis. I must confess that my favorite parts of this book are the quilts themselves. There are many color and black and white pictures of the quilts and the people who made them or to whom they belonged. (What does it say of me that I liked the pictures best? Hmmmm!)

For those who appreciate history and what quilts tell us about it, this is a great read.

Quilt on!

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