Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Mississippi Quilts

Mississippi Quilts (Paperback)

Unavailable. No reason given.


For generations, hundreds of Mississippi women have stitched quilts, creating a rich body of folk art and enlivening the centuries-old tradition of quilting. The Mississippi Quilt Association embarked on a six-year project to document this significant craft heritage. Throughout the state, association members gathered heirloom quilts from families and from major collections. Of more than 1700 quilts examined, 140 were chosen for full-color photographs to represent the very best from the state. Co-published with the Association, Mississippi Quilts is a thorough examination of the state's quilting heritage before 1946, when synthetic fabrics and batting became widely available. The featured quilts, created from the early 1800s to 1946, are joined by archival black-and-white illustrations of selected quilt makers and by historical photos by Eudora Welty. From the beginning of the project, Welty, a Mississippi writer and photographer, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and a member of the Mississippi Quilt Association, served as Honorary Chair. Mississippi Quilts features five of Welty's photographs as chapter dividers, along with quilt-related quotations from her work.

Most of the quilts featured are handmade. Each is described by pattern, date, maker, current owner, material specifications, and size. Quilts from such prominently known makers as Hystercine Rankin and Martha Skelton are handsomely presented alongside group works by family artisans of superb skill. The book contains 152 color photographs of Mississippi quilts and photographs of a number of quilt makers. Exemplified is a wide range of quilts, from exquisite broderie perse to humble string quilts pieced on paper and made from an assortment of scrap fabric, including feed sacks. Examples of the more popular patterns-Double Wedding Ring, Friendship-Autograph, a myriad of different stars, Grandmother's Flower Garden, and Nine Patch-are included. Also pictured are more unusual patterns such as original applique designs, rare Target quilts, and crazy quilts depicting events from the makers' lives. Intended to heighten awareness of the rich culture of quilting, this book is a combination of history and aesthetic analysis of the art in the Magnolia State.

The book explores the role of quilting in Mississippi's cultural history, showing not only how these quilts are testimonies to artistry and ingenuity, but also how they are significant to the families and communities in which they were created. Also, Mary Elizabeth Johnson, author of many books on quilting, discusses the similarities and differences among quilts from different cultural traditions. Finally, Mississippi Quilts features a bonus chapter that showcases current quilters who are continuing and expanding on the practice of one of the state's finest folk art traditions. Mary Elizabeth Johnson is a publishing consultant, freelance writer, and editor. She is the author of Quilt Inspirations from Africa: A Caravan of Ideas, Patterns, Motifs, and Techniques (2000), The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort, 1750-1950 (1993), Star Quilts (1992), and A Garden of Quilts (1984). She is the editorial director of Wordcraft, a publishing company based in Montgomery, Alabama. J. D. Schwalm is a photographer for the Clarion-Ledger, Jackson's daily newspaper. Copublished with the Mississippi Quilt Association

Sport & HobbiesHandicrafts, decorative arts & craftsNeedlework, sewing & fabric craftsSport & HobbiesHandicrafts, decorative arts & craftsRopework, knots & macrameQuiltmaking, patchwork & applique Publisher: Roundhouse Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 03/07/2001 ISBN-13: 9781578063581  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Unavailable. No reason given.  

More books by Mary Elizabeth Johnson

More books by J. D. Schwalm

Leave Review


Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Second Class Available free for ALL orders. No charge for each additional book. 3-7 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

How to Quilt: Techniques and Projects...
Rachel Reynolds
Use Scraps, Sew Blocks, Make 100...
Stuart Hillard
A Little Something: Cute-As-Can-Be...
Roseann Meehan Kermes
Latest Blog
Blog - J R Wallis on Monsters as Metaphors

J R Wallis questions the conventional view of monsters as metaphors for the worries we have about the state of the world around us.

#FoylesFive: Creative Women

Meg from the Web Team tells us why she loves to learn about creative, dynamic women.

Blog - What are the Books Teachers Never Tire of Teaching?

The Secret Teacher talks about the books that keep on giving year after year.

View all Blog Entries
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd