From frontier times in the Republic of Texas until today, Texans have been making gorgeous quilts. Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes documented the first 150 years of the state's rich heritage of quilt art in Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1836–1936 and Lone Stars II: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1936–1986. Now in Lone Stars III, they bring the Texas quilt story into the twenty-first century, presenting two hundred traditional and art quilts that represent "the best of the best" quilts created since 1986.
The quilts in Lone Stars III display the explosion of creativity that has transformed quilting over the last quarter century. Some of the quilts tell stories, create landscapes, record events, and memorialize people. Others present abstract designs that celebrate form and color. Their makers have embraced machine quilting, as well as hand sewing, and they often embellish their quilts with buttons, beads, lace, ribbon, and even more exotic items. Each quilt is pictured in its entirely, and some entries also include photographs of quilt details. The accompanying text describes the quilt's creation, its maker, and its physical details.
With 16.3 million American quilters who spend $3.6 billion annually on their pastime, the quilting community has truly become a force to reckon with both artistically and socially. Lone Stars III is the perfect introduction to this world of creativity.
By Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes
Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes are cousins and fifth-generation Texas quilters. Bresenhan is the founder and president and Puentes is executive vice president of Quilts, Inc., which produces International Quilt Festival, the largest U.S. quilt event, and International Quilt Market, the world's only trade show for the quilting industry. They are also cofounders of several nonprofit organizations, including the new Texas Quilt Museum, the International Quilt Association, and the Alliance for American Quilts, as well as quilt guilds in Austin and Houston.