Why We Quilt

Contemporary Makers Speak Out about the Power of Art, Activism, Community, and Creativity

By Thomas Knauer

In this tribute to today’s vibrant quilting community, prize-winning quilter and teacher Thomas Knauer showcases a stunning collection of quilts from a wide range of contemporary makers, accompanied by their testimonials about what inspires and imbues their craft with meaning. From temperance quilts to the AIDS quilt, there’s a rich history of individuals and communities using fabric and thread to connect with others and express themselves, both personally and politically. Why We Quilt blends bits of this history with the stories and work of today’s leading quilters, highlighting themes of tradition, community, consumerism, change, and creativity. With a unique die-cut cover and a richly layered design, this book will enthrall designers, quilters, and all types of handcraft enthusiasts.

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“Thomas is a maker worth watching, but even more importantly he is a thinker worth listening to. This book shows amazing pieces of art and even more amazing ways of thinking, through the lens of an often overlooked medium.” — LUKE Haynes, designer

Why We Quilt beautifully highlights some of the leading quilters of our time, stitching connections between their work and the rich history of quilting that we cannot help but be grounded in. This book reminds me, as a quilter and the owner of a local quilt shop, that what we create — alone or in shared spaces, for whatever reason — is important. Our handwork, our stories, our quilt dreams are powerful and meaningful.” — Virginia B. Johnson, owner, Gather Here

“A great compilation of historical significance, beautifully presented.” — Ricky Tims, The Quilt Show

“Knauer’s strength is in asking the big questions. Yes, we’re quiltmakers, but why? In a day and age when quilting is no longer a necessity, what drives us to cut up fabric and sew it back together again? In Why We Quilt you’ll find the answers and they are as rich and deeply satisfying as you might expect: tradition, connection, outrage, and creative expression. A fascinating, beautiful examination of quilting culture.” — Abby Glassenberg, While She Naps
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Number of pages
224
Publication date
October 15, 2019
ISBN
9781635860344