Want to make your quilting easier to carry with you? Try the quilt-as-you-go methods that women of the 1800s invented so they could work on small blocks in stolen snatches of time. This quilting approach has many other benefits: It allows shorter sessions for tasks that some find tedious?o more weeklong cutting or piecing marathons. It makes sewing-machine work less cumbersome, makes use of small batting scraps, and doesn? require a frame. Based on research ranging from the women? diaries, to finds at quilt auctions, to clues shared by worldwide quilter chat groups,?Portable Patchwork?tells stories about the origins of this technique and the creative women who made or owned the quilts. Included are four projects demonstrating different quilt-as-you-go methods, allowing you to master this technique and add your own unlimited variations?ust as your foremothers did.?
Pamela Weeks is a quilter, fiber artist, quilt historian, and state-juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. She is the Binney Family Curator of the New England Quilt Museum and lectures and teaches on the national level. For eight years she was the executive director of ABC Quilts, with the mission to send handmade quilts worldwide to babies and young children born HIV positive or drug affected. She is coauthor of?Civil War Quilts?with Don Beld. Weeks lives in New Hampshire.

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