published and available. It's
book about an amazing
woman and her amazing
quilts and her amazing
life. Did I remember to tell you how "amazing" this is. Well, take my word for it or get your own copy while you can. Right now, I can only give you the link to Carolyn's website
to watch for the public sale of the book. I hope that the Arizona Museums in your areas will carry it. Carolyn has spent 18 years researching, interviewing, tracking quilts and relatives, writing and editing this book. Those 18 years were certainly worth the wait. The best of luck came her way just a few months ago when she was able to find one of Goldie's last quilts to add to the book.
With the help of several generous donations from members of AZQSG, the Arizona Historical Society - Tucson was able to add this stunning quilt to the Museum's textile collection where all of Arizona and her visitors can see this beautiful quilt, as well as two more of Goldie Richmond's quilts.
During Carolyn's presentation of the book Saturday, anyone listening to Carolyn talk about Goldie knew immediately of Carolyn's love and respect for her subject. As we heard about Goldie as an early 20th century pioneer on the Arizona desert, Carolyn conveyed Goldie's strength of character and strong survival skills, leaving the listener with a new heroine and a respect for Goldie's legacy.
Another note of interest is that with the publishing of this book, several members of Goldie's extended family were able to attend the presentation yesterday, some meeting each other for the first time. I'm sure Goldie was smiling!
Here are a few detail photos of the Baltimore Album quilt.
More to come. Stay tuned and watch for your chance to own your own copy of Carolyn's new book.
A Passion for Quilts: The Story of Florence Peto
Barbara Schaffer, Natalie Hart, Rita Erickson, and Rachel Cochran
With a Foreword by Virginia Avery and contributions by Cuesta Benberry, Bets Ramsey and Merikay Waldvogel
Published by The Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2011
When I purchased this book, I was looking for more information about Florence Peto and her friendship with Emma Andres.
I learned even more!
Every quilt historian and researcher owes a debt of gratitude to Florence Peto. While she wasn't the first author of books about quilting in America, she was a "unique voice" that added a high standard of quality information to her lectures and printed works.
Florence began collecting antique and vintage fabrics with the help of her husband, Joseph, a salesman for several textile manufacturers and later becoming a converter (created designs for the greig goods). His connections in the textile industry brought Florence the opportunity and access to meet and learn from the records and historians of these firms.
She had additional advantages that helped her gain the knowledge and expertise she would reflect in her writing and lecturing. Living in and around New York City, she had access to some of the greatest museum collections at that time, as well as antique dealers and collectors.
When Florence was asked to write about antique and vintage quilts, she was already a successful writer and had connections in the publishing area. From 1921 to about 1925, Florence was a featured short-story writer for Holland's Magazine, a popular women's publication. She began collecting around the time she stopped writing for the magazine and by 1930 was beginning to make her own quilts. Already a very talented seamstress, Florence stitched all of her quilts by hand and never used a sewing machine.
In 1938. Florence wrote an article for McCall's Magazine. In it she expressed her feelings about the social history of quilts. She wrote:The magnitude of the patchwork quilt as a work of art may be controversial, but its importance as a family document cannot be questioned. Look at your Rising Sun or Old Dutch Tulip, not as just another piece of needlework, however amazing its stitchery, but as a relic of the past which carefully examined, will vitalize the personality of the maker and may reflect the influences, surroundings and circumstance under which she lived and loved and plied her diligent needle. (emphasizes added)Each of the authors in this collaboration have added dimension and insight to Florence's life and work. I give this book 4 Stars for the organization of the book, the wonderful collection of photos and the knowledge I gained about the life and talents of this woman.
I encourage you to add this book to your library. The book is only available at the New Jersey Heritage Quilt Project, a great way to support their organization.( I suspect that when their current inventory is gone, this book will become a collector's item.) You can order the book here:http://www.newjerseyquilts.org/
Contributed by Jan Hackett