Item description for Martha Skelton: Master Quilter of Mississippi by Mary Elizabeth Johnson & J. D. Schwalm...
Like all art forms, quilting has its "masters," and Vicksburg, Mississippi's Martha Butcher Skelton is among them. Noted quilt scholar Mary Elizabeth Johnson chronicles Martha Skelton's life and her development into one of America's foremost quilt artists.
Born in West Virginia, Martha Skelton was reared in Oklahoma. Her interest in quilting began when, as a girl, she watched her mother and aunts make quilts and enjoy needlework. After graduating college and marrying, she moved to Vicksburg and served as a school librarian for a number of years while raising a family. During this time, her quilting began to develop into an art.
Having completed more than two hundred quilts (over ninety of which are photographed here in full color), Skelton has been recognized as a master quilter and teacher of the craft. Twice she was selected to participate in the Smithsonian Institution's Folklife Festival. She was instrumental in establishing the quilting program for the Mississippi State Fair and has taught in almost every Mississippi county, as well as in numerous other states. Two of her quilts are a part of the Museum of the American Quilter's Society's permanent collection, and her quilts are also included in the Mountain Mist quilt collection and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History collection.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 9" Height: 9" Weight: 2.35 lbs.
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
ISBN 1934110817 ISBN13 9781934110812
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More About Mary Elizabeth Johnson & J. D. Schwalm
RODERICK KIRACOFE was cofounder of" The Quilt Digest," produced Homage to Amanda: 200 Years of American Quilts, and authored "Cloth & Comfort," He has assembled corporate and private quilt collections across the country and curated quilt exhibits here and abroad. He lives in San Francisco. MARY ELIZABETH JOHNSON wrote her first quilt book in 1976 and has since authored a dozen more craft and home decorating titles. Her latest and final book on the subject will be a history of the quilting in her home state of Alabama. She lives in Montgomery. For more information, visit www.theamericanquilt.com.