From Ensign's Bars to Colonel's Stars
Making Quilts to Honor Those Who Serve
Paperback ISBN: 0764347195
Patriotism and quilting come together in this new book as six quilts honor the officer ranks between 2nd Lieutenant/Ensign through Colonel/Captain. The author, who served more than 25 years in the military, shares her experiences as she progressed through the ranks in both text and quilts. Original designs are provided for quilters or as inspiration for your own creative ideas for making a quilt to honor a service member. Tips are given for fabric selection, constructing the quilt, appliquéing, squaring a quilt, border preparation, and binding while chapter galleries show the versatility of the quilts for non-military applications. With easy-to-follow instructions, this book is perfect for quilters of all skill levels. Novice quilters can practice their techniques while more seasoned quilters can add to their repertoire.
The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects
Hardcover ISBN: 1594205299
The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, has assembled a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian's museums that together offer a marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States. Ranging from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to the digital age, and from the American Revolution to Vietnam, each entry pairs the fascinating history surrounding each object with the story of its creation or discovery and the place it has come to occupy in our national memory. Kurin sheds remarkable new light on objects we think we know well, from Lincoln's hat to Dorothy's ruby slippers and Julia Child's kitchen, including the often astonishing tales of how each made its way into the collections of the Smithsonian. Other objects will be eye-opening new discoveries for many, but no less evocative of the most poignant and important moments of the American experience. Some objects, such as Harriet Tubman's hymnal, Sitting Bull's ledger, Cesar Chavez's union jacket, and the Enola Gay bomber, tell difficult stories from the nation's history, and inspire controversies when exhibited at the Smithsonian. Others, from George Washington's sword to the space shuttle Discovery, celebrate the richness and vitality of the American spirit. In Kurin's hands, each object comes to vivid life, providing a tactile connection to American history. Beautifully designed and illustrated with color photographs throughout, The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects is a rich and fascinating journey through America's collective memory, and a beautiful object in its own right.