For Quilt Lovers

Benni Harper's Quilt Album: a Scrapbook Of Quilt Projects, Photos & Never-before-told Stories

By Earlene Fowler and Magrit Hall

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Twelve traditional style quilt projects inspired by the first six books of the Benni Harper mystery series, plus never-before-published stories that fill in gaps from the novels, such as Benni and Gabe’s Las Vegas wedding.

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Civil War Women: Their Quilts, Their Roles, and Activities for Re-enactors

By Barbara Brackman

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History buffs as well as quilters will enjoy these accounts of quilting-related experiences during the Civil War from women in both the North and the South. Brackman also includes instructions and full-size patterns for nine projects adapted from Civil War quilts, as well as suggestions for using today's reproduction fabrics.

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Elm Creek Quilts: Quilt Projects Inspired By the Elm Creek Quilt Novels

By Jennifer Chiaverini and Nancy Odom

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Twelve quilt projects from all four Elm Creek books, ranging from Sylvia's Broken Star and Sarah's Sampler to When He Cooks Dinner and the Underground Railroad Quilt. Each quilt design is suitable for all skill levels and tells a wonderful story of its own. Also look for Return to Elm Creek: More Quilt Projects and Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts.

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Fool's Puzzle

By Earlene Fowler

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Recently widowed Benni Harper is frantically trying to assemble a quilt show when she discovers a local potter stabbed to death in the museum studio.

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Goose in the Pond

By Earlene Fowler

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A fourth appearance for Benni Harper (Kansas Troubles, 1996, etc.), curator of the Folk Art Museum in San Celina, California- -recently married to the town's Chief of Police Gabe Ortiz--who's now deep in preparations for the museum's first storytelling festival, to be combined with a show of handmade quilts.

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Hidden in Plain View: The Secret Story Of Quilts And the Underground Railroad

By Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard

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Jacqueline Tobin tells the story African American quilter Ozella Williams handed down to her, describing how slaves made coded quilts and used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad.

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Shadow of an Angel

By Mignon F. Ballard

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Angel Augusta Goodnight, filling in as a temp guardian for young widow Arminda Hobbs, assists her in solving a mystery that ties together a sewing circle of young women before World War I and a mysterious quilt that seems to have disappeared.

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Southern Quilts: Surviving Relics Of the Civil War

By Bets Ramsey and Merikay Waldvogel

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This is a wonderful history of the tradition and techniques of quilt making in the antebellum South. It includes lots of color photographs and the oral histories of 29 Southern quilts that survived the Civil War.

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Stitched From the Soul: Slave Quilts From the Antebellum South

By Gladys-Marie Fry

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The beautiful illustrations in this book offer a glimpse into the lives and creativity of African American quilters during the era of slavery. It highlights many of the finest and most interesting examples of the quilts, woven coverlets, counterpanes, rag rugs, and crocheted artifacts attributed to slave women and men.
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Stitches in Time

By Barbara Michaels

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"When an antique bridal quilt appears under mysterious circumstances at the vintage clothing shop where Rachel Grant works, she is fascinated. She has never been able to resist handmade textiles from the past, for she believes that through the ages, women wove protective magic into their fabrics in order to mark the important events of their lives: birth, marriage, and death.
"But there is more than good in the quilt's magic power. Day by day Rachel sees and feels the power growing, as she senses the quilt influencing her thoughts and actions. Much as Rachel's logical mind longs to deny the supernatural, the aura of evil coming from the quilt is terrifyingly real, and it seems to carry a sinister legacy into the lives of the people Rachel loves."

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