Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
American Patchwork

American Patchwork

True Stories from Quilters

Edited by Sonja Hakala

Thomas Dunne Books




For those who enjoyed the honesty and insight of How to Make an American Quilt, this is a moving collection of personal stories that highlight the laughter, sadness, friendships, frustrations, and triumphs shared by the more than 21 million people across the country who call themselves quilters.

These touching tales from sixty-seven contributors nationwide form a patchwork of their own in the words of each individual's unique narrative. From the quilt that reunited a family divided by war and an ocean to the twenty-two foot banner that accompanied a dying woman on her last journey, American Patchwork is sure to capture the hearts of quilters and quilt lovers everywhere.

Wonderfully varied, instructive, nostalgic, amusing, and often poignantly written, this gem of a book will be treasured for years to come.


From the Introduction:

Every day, millions of women, and some men, express their inborn desire for beauty in fabric, needle, and thread. Quilting is as much an expression of the human yearning to reach beyond this life as a novel or a cave...


Praise for American Patchwork

"Taken one by one these tales will probably charm quilters, and the nuggets of truth and trivia peppered throughout-patchwork styles, slang, American sewing history-will keep them coming back." —Publishers Weekly

About the author

Edited by Sonja Hakala

Sonja Hakala is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher. In addition to writing and quilting, she is also a founding member of the Children's Literary Foundation. She lives with her family in a riverside home in Vermont.

Sonja Hakala

Sonja Hakala

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Thomas Dunne Books

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