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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Author Jane Kirkpatrick wrote two series of books taking place in the Willamette Valley of Oregon during the 1800s. Aurora, a German Christian commune, existed at that time. The members worked together using their skills to survive.
Aurora: An American Experience in Quilt, community, and Craft is a celebration of their lives and the artifacts they left behind. The skills and talent varied from quilts to furniture to numerous other items. This book is filled with photographs. I was particular impressed with the quilts, for each one tells a story. One of the quilts that caught my eye is a piece-appliquéd quilt. The background is brown and black with colorful appliquéd birds. This quilt seems to break the barriers that prevent friendships.
The hand-stitched samplers are beautiful. Needlework is quickly becoming a lost art. Few people in today’s world have the time or take the time to put needle and thread to fabric. Aurora: An American Experience in Quilt, community, and Craft is a book to be cherished. It is gift quality.