Michigan and the Great Lakes

Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker

Gwen Marston
The story of the woman who helped create the modern American quilting revival


Extensively illustrated, with over 100 photographs and 10 quilt patterns, Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker is a must-have book for anyone passionate about American quilting.

While we take that passion for granted today, author Gwen Marston shows that it wasn't always so; indeed, one woman, Mary Schafer, was largely responsible for the restoration of interest in one of our greatest folk arts—long before the American bicentennial turned quilting into what seemed like an overnight sensation.

Marston presents a picture of Schafer as an unassuming scholar: the anonymous quilter, remaining humble and somewhat retiring. Behind the modest facade, however, Schafer displayed a remarkable devotion to research, historical accuracy, and community through her efforts to make quilting available to as many people as possible.

Anyone will find Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker a welcome addition to their collection of the work of masters of American folk art, while quilters will appreciate it not only for the story it tells but for the generous selection of patterns and illustrations it offers.

Gwen Marston is a nationally known quilt maker, teacher, and author. She is the author of more than fifteen books on quilting, including Liberated String Quilts, 70 Classic Quilting Patterns, and Amish Quilting Patterns.

Praise / Awards

  • ". . . the story is one that will inspire any quilter to expand and hone her own skills. Schafer is a woman worthy of admiration. . . ."
    —Christine Canfield, Fore Word

  • ". . . a unique history of a truly American art form, as well as a unique woman. Pictures of many quilts as well as 10 patterns make this a must for quilters."
    Grand Rapids Press

  • "Quilting aficionados will delight not only in Mary Schafer's life story but also the [sic] vibrant photos of some of her outstanding work. Marston, herself a nationally recognized quilt maker, has written an entertaining and highly informative book about her longtime friend."
    —Bob Walch, Register-Pajaronian (Watsonville, California)

  • Named a 2005 Michigan Notable Book

Product Details

  • 8-1/2 x 11.
  • 240pp.
  • 11 drawings, 15 B&W photographs, 95 color illustrations throughout.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2004
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-06855-5

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  • $24.95 U.S.