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Lone Stars III

Lone Stars III
A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011

Completing a landmark documentation of 175 years of Texas quilt history they began in Lone Stars I and II, Texas's leading quilt experts present two hundred traditional and art quilts that represent "the best of the best" quilts being made in Texas today.

Series: Charles N. Prothro Texana Endowment

September 2011
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400 pages | 8.25 x 11.75 | 289 color photos |

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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.

  • Acknowledgments
  • A Quarter Century of Change
  • Searching for Texas Quilts in the Digital Age
  • Texas Quilts: Bridging the Millennium
  • The Quilts
    • Captain Tom, A Tall Texan
    • Reflections at Sunset
    • Spiral Progression
    • Pulse Star
    • Princess Feather and Rose of Sharon
    • Expectations #4: Mixed Emotions
    • 6 x 6 Comes Up Roses
    • I See the Moon
    • King of Hearts
    • Walking on Shaky Ground: Head Series IV
    • Elizabethan Woods
    • Storm Warning
    • Enchanted Garden
    • Legacy
    • Botanica
    • Contour of My Heart (Joe's Quilt)
    • My Stars! It's a Baltimore!!
    • Les Amis (Friends)
    • Once Upon a Time
    • In God We Trust
    • Seasons in Silhouette
    • Texas Triumph
    • Piece & Quiet
    • The Pheasant
    • Germination
    • Penelope's Garden
    • Summer Flowers
    • Academic Laurels
    • Rosehurst
    • Companions
    • Mumbo Jumbo III
    • Hot Pink Bird's Nest
    • Rod 'n' Reel
    • The Dream
    • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
    • Crewel Whirl
    • Variations on Jacobean
    • Joy Ride
    • Simple Gifts
    • Guiding Light
    • Hannah's Garden
    • Reminiscence
    • Forest Fire Spirits
    • The Right One for Me
    • Feathered Rose
    • The Rising Sun
    • Untitled
    • Floral Phantasma
    • Friendship Wreath Album
    • Shirley Was Right!
    • Cherry Basket
    • Pineapple Stretch
    • Baltimore Cutwork Applique
    • #132
    • Everything's Coming up Roses
    • Sphere
    • Mama Said
    • There's a Dandelion in Our Garden
    • Affinity
    • Midnight on the Oasis
    • The Supper
    • Gaillardia
    • Quilt Works #2339
    • Carmen's Veranda
    • Open Season
    • Power of Houston
    • Bluebonnets & Indian Paintbrushes
    • Magic Carpet
    • Twylite Zone (Storm at Sea)
    • #141
    • On the Fourth Day
    • Moonglow Madness
    • Tobacco Leaf + Tulip
    • Resolute
    • Sitting on the Rock on the Bay
    • Spirit of America
    • Ladies in Red
    • Flora
    • Suburban Sprawl
    • Canning Peaches
    • Vase of Roses
    • Blossoms in the BA
    • Tailspin
    • Blind Man's Fancy
    • Coastline
    • Sun Ponies
    • Blue Light Special
    • Windswept
    • The Barrel Racer
    • Everyday Best
    • The Quilter
    • In Texas You Gotta Play Football
    • Indy
    • Tree of Life
    • Hot Flashes
    • Memorial Mosaic (a la Moda)
    • The Forest and the Trees
    • Fugue XI
    • Loada Moda Scraps
    • Lone Star Blues
    • Spring Splendor
    • Autumn Splendor
    • My Monet
    • Time to Sew!
    • America's Flowers
    • Midnight Garden
    • All Things Bright & Beautiful
    • Rose
    • Pineapple Paintball
    • November
    • The Fantasy Quilt
    • Girlie Swirlies (aka Cosmic Curves)
    • Rainbow Refraction
    • Lapis Vessels
    • Hummingbird
    • White Orchids
    • Never Again New York Beauty
    • Jon's Big Adventure
    • Lake Reflections
    • Grannie
    • Gerbera
    • Stars All Around
    • Nightcruise on the River Thames
    • A San Antonio Fiesta
    • Firewheels
    • Little Cities
    • In the Beginning
    • Koi Under the Willow I
    • Little Boy Blue
    • Happy Trails
    • Stars in a Garden
    • Jewels on the Vine
    • Libellula Saturata, Flame Skimmer
    • Opposites Attract
    • Texas Sunflower
    • Geese and Feathers in the Garden
    • Lily
    • UFO Complete
    • Red Spirals
    • Little Red Spot
    • I Sing the Flower Eclectic
    • The Christmas Card Quilt
    • Now
    • Dragonflies at Sunset
    • Houston . . . I Think We Have a Quilter
    • The Winner's Circle
    • One Fine Day
    • Staying Connected
    • Mission: Impossible?
    • Ladies of the Sea
    • Reclamation: Retro
    • Beyond the Horizon
    • Tree Talk
    • Exiting Eden with Eve Firing Up the Pickup
    • Circle the Date
    • Triple Four Patch
    • Old Alton Bridge
    • Just Sing . . . Sing a Song
    • Oh My Gosh!
    • Cubist's Edge
    • Group Conversations
    • Texas Hay Rake
    • Borders All Around
    • Hospital Rising
    • Chocolate & Cherries
    • Life's a Beach
    • Rios
    • Thinking INside the Box: Tumbling Logs
    • Among the Ancestors
    • Broken Star
    • Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Road
    • Tribute to Jane
    • Breakfast in the Garden (Flowers of the Field Series)
    • Wyoming Prairie Winters
    • Iguana
    • John Lennon—Requiem
    • Starr Light
    • Headwaters
    • Oh, For Henna's Sake
    • Buttercream
    • Starry Night
    • Clam Session
    • Big on Texas
    • Coneflower
    • A Few of My Favorite Things
    • Curiosity
    • My Friends Made Me Do It (aka Starlight Garden)
    • A Secret Garden Discovered
    • Three's Company
    • Last Chance, Last Dance
    • The Right Time
    • Think Green
    • Circular Momentum
    • Gold Rush
    • Visions of Fairytales Danced in My Head
    • Sentinel in the Gulf
    • Façade
    • Texas DNA
    • Fireworks in the Midnight Sky
    • Ripple Effect
  • Glossary
  • Selected Reading List

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.


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