So, what does one do when one arm is in a sling and you cannot stitch? How about cataloguing all those quilt books. I am able to type with one hand, albeit slowly. So, I began the project a week-and-a-half ago. Each day, I work on 10-12 books, including the author, title, publisher, and publication date; along with a digital image of the book and the price I paid. This last item is sometimes sketchy, if I didn't note it on the back page, which has been a habit of mine.
I have a love of all things books and began purchasing titles back in the early eighties. My interest in quilt history and textiles, led me to look for out of print books at library sales, flea markets and antique shops. My most cherished purchase is a 1929, first edition of Ruth E. Finley's Old
Patchwork Quilts and The Women Who Made Them. I made this purchase online at Alibris for $65.00. This is an online photo, that is a bit more ragged than my copy.
Finley was a well-respected quilt historian and writer of her time, along with Marie Webster, Carrie Hall and Rose Kretzinger.
I have catalogued sixty-four books, with more than that to finish. My collection has really expanded over the years, but is still devoid of many fabric and quilt dating books recommended for quilt appraiser resources. Since my goal is to obtain the certification, I need to beef up this area of my collection. Most notably, I am interested in Barbara Brackman's Clues in the Calico and Patsy & Myron Orlofsky's Quilts in America. I recently checked the latter out of my local library to read. I do have other highly recommended quilt historian texts that I've purchased, not because I was looking for them, but do to my interest in quilt history. I came across Safford & Bishop's 1974 edition of America’s Quilts and Coverlets in a used book store for only $38.00. Later, I discovered that it is often referenced in quilt articles and texts. Quite a find.
Today, I plan to catalog my Gwen Marston books. She is one of my favorite quilt teachers and I have ten of her books. My collection also spans the Elm Creek Quilts novels by Jennifer Chiaverini, and every edition of Great American Quilts, published in the eighties and nineties. I have several texts published by magazine companies like Good Housekeeping and Better Homes & Gardens. Several are block pattern books, that I reference frequently.
I enjoy leafing through the pages of the varied books, just to admire the quilts and provide me with inspiration. I also enjoy reading about the people who made the quilts. When I finish with the books, I may have to document the magazines, patterns and other quilt ephemera that I've collected.
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