Further Quilt Research

Quilt Bibliography

Academic Quilt Studies

     Berlo, Janet Catherine. Quilting Lessons: Notes from the Scrap Bag of a Writer and Quilter. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001.

     Chase, Pattie. The Contemporary Quilt: New American Quilts and Fabric Art. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1978.

     Elsley, Judy. Quilts as Text(iles): The Semiotics of Quilting. New York: Peter Lang, 1996.

     Ferrero, Pat, Elaine Hedges, and Julie Silber. Hearts and Hands: The Influence of Women and Quilts on American Society. San Francisco: The Quilt Digest Press, 1987.

     Forrest, John and Deborah Blincoe. The Natural History of the Traditional Quilt. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995.

     Hall, Carrie A. The Romance of the Quilt in America. Caldwell, ID: Caxton, 1935.

     Holstein, Jonathon. American Pieced Quilts. New York: Viking Press, 1972.

     Orlofsky, Patsy and Myron Orlofsky. Quilts in America. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974.

     Reich, Sue. Quilting News of Yesteryear: 1,000 Pieces and Counting. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2007.

     ---. Quilting News of Yesteryear: Crazy as a Bed-Quilt. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2007.

      Robertson, Elizabeth Wells. American Quilts. New York City: Studio Publications, 1948.

     Robinson, Charlotte, ed. The Artist and the Quilt. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983.

     Safford, Carleton L. and Robert Bishop. America's Quilts and Coverlets. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1972.

     Sturken, Marita. Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

     Torsney, Cheryl B.  and Judy Elsley, eds. Quilt Culture: Tracing the Pattern. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1994.

     Waldvogel, Merikay. Soft Covers for Hard Times: Quiltmaking and the Great Depression. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1990.

Regional and Local Quilt Studies

     Arkansas Quilters' Guild. Arkansas Quilts / Arkansas Warmth. Paducah, KY: American Quilters' Society, 1987.

     Barber, Rita Barrow. Somewhere in Between: Quilts and Quilters of Illinois. Paducah, KY: American Quilters' Society, 1986.

     Benberry, Cuesta. A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press,

     Bishop, Robert Charles. A Gallery of Amish Quits: Design Diversity from a Plain People. New York: Dutton, 1976.

     Brackman, Barbara. Civil War Women: Their Quilts, Their Roles, Activities for Re-Enactors. Lafayette, CA: C&T Publishing, 2000.

     ---. Kansas Quilts and Quilters. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1993.

     ---. Quilts of the Civil War: Nine Projects, Historic Notes, Diary Entries. Lafayette, CA: C&T Publishing, 1997.

     Cincinnati Art Museum. Quilts from Cincinnati Collections. Cincinnati: The Museum, 1985.

     Connecticut Quilt Search Project. Quilts and Quiltmakers: Covering Connecticut. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2002.

     Covington, Kae. Gathered in Time: Utah Quilts and Their Makers, Settlement to 1950. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1997.

     Cross, Mary Bywater. Quilts and Women of the Mormon Migrations: Treasures of Transition. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1996.

     Davis, Carolyn O. Hopi Quilting: Stitched Traditions from an Ancient Community. Tucson: Sanpete Publications, 1997.

     Frost, Helen Young and Pam Knight Stevenson. Grand Endeavors: Vintage Arizona Quilts and Their Makers. Flagstaff, AZ: Northland, 1992.

     Goldman, Marilyn and Marguerite Wiebusch. Quilts of Indiana: Crossroads of Memories. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1991.

     Granick, Eve Wheatcroft. The Amish Quilt. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1989.

     Hammond, Joyce D. T'ifaifai and Quilts of Polynesia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1986.

     Laury, Jean Rae. Ho for California! Pioneer Women and Their Quilts. New York: Dutton, 1990.

     Lipsett, Linda Otto. Remember Me: Women and Their Friendship Quilts. San Francisco: Quilt Digest Press, 1985.

     MacDowell, Marsha, ed. African American Quiltmaking in Michigan. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 1997.

     Ramsey, Bets and Merikay Waldvogel. Southern Quilts: Surviving Relics of the Civil War. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1998.

     Roberson, Ruth Haislip, ed. North Carolina Quilts. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1988.

     Tobin, Jacqueline L. and Raymond G. Dobard. Hidden in Plain View: The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad. New York: Doubleday, 1999.

     Weinraub, Anita Zaleski, ed. Georgia Quilts: Piecing Together a History. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2006.

     Williams, Charlotte Allen. Florida Quilts. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1992.

     Yabsley, Suzanne. Texas Quilts, Texas Women. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1984.

     Young, Rosemary. The Civil War Diary Quilt. Iola, WI: KP Books, 2005.


     Berlo, Janet Catherine. "Quilting to Save My Life." The Chronicle of Higher Education (30 March 2001): B11-B13.

     Bonfield, Lynn A. “Quilts for Civil War Soldiers from Peacham, Vermont,” Uncoverings 22 (2001): 37-64.

     Cerny, Catherine A. “Quilt Ownership and Sentimental Attachments: The Structure of Memory,” Uncoverings 18 (1997): 85-119.

     Cummings, Patricia. “Gunboat Quilts: Fundraisers for the Confederacy,” The Citizen’s Companion (June/July 2007): 25-28

     Davis, Olga Idris. "The Rhetoric of Quilts: Creating Identity in African-American Children's Literature." African American Review 32 (1998): 67-76.

     Hafter, Daryl M. “Toward a Social History of Needlework Artists,” Woman’s Art Journal 2:2 (Autumn 1981-Winter 1982): 25-29.

     Hawkins, Peter S. “Naming Names: The Art of Memory and the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt,” Critical Inquiry 19:4 (Summer 1993): 752-779.

     Henley, Bryding Adams. “Alabama Gunboat Quilts,” Alabama Heritage 8 (Spring 1988): 14-25.

     Mainardi, Patricia. "Quilts: The Great American Art." In Feminism and Art History: Questioning the Litany. Ed. Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard. New York: Harper and Row, 1982.

     Pershing, Linda. "'She Really Wanted to Be Her Own Woman': Scandalous Sunbonnet Sue." In Feminist Messages: Coding in Women's Folk Culture, ed. Joan Newlon Radner. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1993.

     Schabel, Elizabeth Smith. “The Historical Significance of Patchwork Quilt Names as a Reflection of the Emerging Social Consciousness of the American Woman.” Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin 47:1 (1981): 1-16.

     Trechsel, Gail Andrews. “Mourning Quilts in America,” Uncoverings (1989): 139-158.

     Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. “Pens and Needles: Documents and Artifacts in Women’s History,” Uncoverings 14 (1993): 221-28.

     Williams, Alice. “Spirit of My Quilts,” Canadian Woman Studies 10:2/3 (1989): 49-54.

     Williams, Mary Rose. “A Reconceptualization of Protest Rhetoric: Women's Quilts as Rhetorical Forms.” Women's Studies in Communciation 17:2 (1994): 20-44.

Memory and Material Culture Research

     Bodnar, John. Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.

     Kammen, Michael. Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture. New York: Knopf, 1991.

     Martinez, Katharine and Kenneth L. Ames. The Material Culture of Gender / The Gender of Material Culture. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1997.

     Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth. New York: Knopf, 2001.

Online Quilt Resources

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