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Thread: Quilt block history

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    Super Member cbridges22's Avatar
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    I want to read about the different quilt blocks and quilts.How they got their name and significant of each type of block or quilt.Can someone suggest something?

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    http://www.womenfolk.com/ has the history of a few different blocks. There's another website I've been to that had more, but I can't remember the name of it.

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    It will be interesting to hear replies. You could google Quilting history and see what comes up. The library may be a good place to check also.

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    The Underground Railroad Quilt book by Eleanor Burns has some wonderful history and patterns in it.

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    Try typing "quilt historian" into Google and you'll get several suggestions
    The best I know of are Barbara Brackman's books and Roderick Kiracofe's American Quilt, also his Cloth and Comfort.
    I'm unsure of the accuracy of Burns' book.

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    I would not rely on the information about blocks in the Underground RR books. Much discussion about the accuracy.
    Barbarga Brackman is one excellent source; probably the best. Her books on blocks give dates and source of each block in the book. Believe they are titled: Encyclopedia of Pieced Patterns" and Encyclopedia of Applique Patterns" She also did a series of articles in Quilter's Newsletter on blocks and focused on blocks with similar themes such as those of state names.

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    this is a history of the bible blocks.

    http://www.patternsfromhistory.com/b.../bible_bom.htm

    all histories have come down such a long way that a lot of changes have been made. take everything with a grain of salt.

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