Quilting made a big comeback in the late 20th century and is still quite popular in some pockets. It is an artform, and contrary to popular belief does not merely use leftover scraps of cloth (although to do so is a real artform). As functional art, there is a conundrum -- use it on the bed and risk ruining a beautiful, irreplaceable piece or render it sterile by putting it in a stretcher or behind glass on the wall.
To somewhat relieve the dilemma and the wallet, we have some gorgeously made books which have suffered from that lack of pigeonhole nature that musicians with "crossover" sound always had at the record, no, CD, no, MP3 shop. 50% off such treasures as Quilts in America, Amish Crib Quilts from the Midwest: The Sara Miller Collection and The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750-1950. Actually, Roderick Kiracofe's American Quilt is out-of-stock-indefinitely-at-the-publisher and you know what that means. It's even a bigger treasure for collectors of quilts and artbooks while being an operational drag on a bookstore.
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