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Aurora: An American Experience in Quilt, Community, and Craft [Hardcover]

By Jane Kirkpatrick (Author)
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Item description for Aurora: An American Experience in Quilt, Community, and Craft by Jane Kirkpatrick...

With hundreds of photographs, many historical and never-before published, this beautiful book celebrates the lives of a community that had lived out its faith in spare yet splendid ways.

Publishers Description
"A fantastic journey. A remarkable commitment. And a simple faith."
Wrap yourself in a riveting American tale told in beautiful stitches and craft
Master storyteller Jane Kirkpatrick extols the beautiful treasures, unknown to a wider public, rediscovered in the Old Aurora Colony of Oregon's lush Willamette Valley. The people and legacy of""Aurora, a utopian community founded in the mid-1800s, will stir your imagination, hopes, and dreams; and remind you that every life matters-every daily task, love, aspiration, and endeavor.
"Unique and treasured quilt pattern variations
"More than 100 photographs (many never-before published) from 1850 to today
"Cherished stories from Aurora descendants
"Discoveries of fine crafts from the Colony and private collections
"With an introduction by renowned American Artist John Houser
Aurora" is about the difference every ordinary life can make-and a beautiful celebration of a time and place in which people expressed their most cherished beliefs through the work of their imagination and hands.

Awards and Recognitions
Aurora: An American Experience in Quilt, Community, and Craft by Jane Kirkpatrick has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • WILLA Literary Award - 2009 Finalist - Creative Nonfiction category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   147
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 16, 2008
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1400074282  
ISBN13  9781400074280  

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More About Jane Kirkpatrick

Jane Kirkpatrick Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning author of many novels, including "A Flickering Light". She is a frequent speaker at conferences and lives in Oregon.

In The Author's Own Words...

If you'd like more information about me, please come visit my website at and click on my blog. My dog also has a blog and you can find out what it's like to be Bodacious Bo, too. A monthly newsletter called Story Sparks is my way of sharing books about authors I enjoy as well as commenting on life and love. You'll find out more about me than you probably ever wanted to know!

One item not listed on my lists of books is my selection included in an anthology called "Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West" published by Houghton Mifflin I also have a piece in Storytellers II, a book published a few years ago by Multnomah Press and a few short selections in Daily Guideposts of a few years back. My first novella, "The Courting Quilt" is part of a collection that made the New York Times bestsellers September 2011 in a collection called Log Cabin Christmas. The rest of my writing, as they say, is history. Or it was until my first contemporary came out this fall. Called Barcelona Calling, it's the story of a writer who loses her way as she seeks fulfillment thinking she'll find it with fame. It's a laugh out loud book according to reviewers. I hope you'll enjoy it.

Jane Kirkpatrick currently resides in Bend, in the state of Oregon. Jane Kirkpatrick was born in 1946.

Jane Kirkpatrick has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Change and Cherish Historical
  2. Dreamcatcher (Multnomah)
  3. Kinship and Courage (Paperback)
  4. Portraits of the Heart
  5. Tender Ties Historical (Paperback)

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Reviews - What do customers think about Aurora: An American Experience in Quilt, Community, and Craft?

An Extraordinary Treat  Oct 19, 2009
As I began to look through Aurora I found myself caught up in the unfolding story of a time long ago, when love of family and friends worked its way out of the heart through creativity and craft. What a blessing to be transported to a simpler time, when communities were purposed not only to serve God, but also for God to serve man through them.
Aurora: Am American Quilt Experience  Oct 11, 2009
Interesting historical book about the settling of Aurora and quilts. I have read all of Jane Kirkpayrivk's books and this gives a good history of the times of several of her books.
A Quilt History  Apr 21, 2009
Aurora by Jane Kirkpatrick recounts the true story of a utopian commune established in the 1800s. The pioneers left their homes in Missouri to the Pacific Northwest under the societal and religious leadership of Wilhelm Keil. Jane Kirkpatrick's telling of the tale is supplemented with numerous historical pictures of the people and landscape - and their quilts that chronicled their history. If you love history, pioneer stories or quilting, this book is for you!
A Fascinating Book  Feb 27, 2009
I hold in my hands the book that held me spellbound and kept me awake until 1:00 this morning. This treasure holds a fascinating story, circa the mid-1800's, complete with treasures from Oregon's Old Aurora Colony in the Willamette Valley.
Aurora is about the impact ordinary lives can make, with fascinating text. Kirkpatrick travels worldwide, telling stories, and she brings her excellent skills to this book. She also shares her research in the form of--
§ Unique and treasured quilt patterns
§ More than 100 photographs from 1850 to today
§ Cherished stories from Aurora descendants
§ Discoveries of fine crafts from the colony and private collections.
William Keil, called Dr. Keil, directed several communal colonies in the mid-1800s, including Aurora. Father of eight children, he built the utopian community of his dreams, where everyone contributed to the group's bank account and worked together for the common good. In Oregon, members sold fine tailored garments, wonderful quilts and other necessities to their neighbors after meeting their own needs. Keil treated illnesses with herbal remedies and led most of the group spiritually. He did allow different denominations, though, and appeared to be open to other ideas. However, he forbade at least one couple to marry, and they heeded his order.
With Aurora, you will find your imagination stirred, and a reminder that every daily task, love, aspiration and endeavor, matters.

Kirkpatrick is a native of Oregon, an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction books, and an international speaker. You will like Aurora.
Aurora by Jane Kirkpatrick  Feb 13, 2009
I recently read Jane Kirkpatrick's A Mending at the Edge and was eager to find more about the quilts the women made. Although the pictures of the quilts were really good I felt the book was more about the history of the settlers at Aurora than the actual quilts. I would have liked to know more about the quilts, did they use commercial fabric as well as handwoven, where did their homespun fibers come from as well as the dyes. Did they share patterns?

My pure joy was from the pictures of Emma Giesy

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