This is the first quilt book I ever owned and I remember really loving this true story about a group of women in the mountains and hollows of West Virginia who formed a quilting cooperative and caught the attention of the fashion and decorating world. I was very taken with this photo of Sharon Rockefeller, then the young and attractive first lady of the state of West Virginia and a big supporter of the Mountain Artisans. She popularized the patchwork "hostess" skirts made by the artisans. I immediately made myself a floor-length patchwork skirt. I suppose it qualifies as the first quilt I ever made.I have to tell you it was hard to walk in. It had no batting, but was lined and it beat against my legs, "whap, whap" as I walked and tended to grab at my ankles. It was warm, though. I remember wearing it one snowy Christmas day and feeling not only warm and cozy, but very chic!
Quite a few years went by after that before I made another quilt, but this book really put the idea of making quilts in my head.
Looking at the pictures now, it is hard to recapture my fascination. The fabrics in the picture above look dreadful to me. But this quilt, done all in solids still has a cheerful charm that I like.
And the quilt on the cover, made for Governor and Mrs. Rockefeller, is quite special. I think it could win prizes today. Remembering this book today and looking through it again brought back a lot of memories. It had a huge impact on me. Maybe that's why I have kept it all these years.