I got this in a charity shop for £1.49. How did they decide on that price and who new it would be such a good read? It was written in the early seventies when, in America, there was a resurgence in the popularity of quilt making. The author talks about America's modern reality at the time (consumerism, Vietnam), and how quilting represented a reconnection with something 'still admirable and untarnished in American history'. But best of all I like the way Gutcheon describes the early settlers' bringing pattern and form into quilting that was born out of necessity, because supplies of everything were scarce. Women made something beautiful 'so their souls would have something to live on'.