The author, Robert Shaw is so insightful and I don't even think he is a quilter! My favorite passage from the book is:
"Quilts are the most intimate and personal of American objects. They connect us with each other and directly to the primal ground of the bed-the place where we spend half of our lives; where we are born, have sex, and die; the place where we replenish ourselves and dream our dreams; the place of nurture and healing; where we retreat in sickness and fraility; and the place where we receive comfort and care of those that love us. Quilts also connect us to the the most basic of senses, touch - the first and most direct way we communicate with each other, as parent and child; as partners in love; life and marriage; as caregivers in sickness and age. Quilts embrace us at all stages of life, offering protection and warmth and connecting us symbolically with the remembrance of mothers' loving encircling arms. All these meanings reasonate within quilts, connecting us with the deepest meaning and most inituitive levels of our existence and humanity."
"Quilts bear the record of our most vital experiences..."
Wow and a lot of people think of them as just "bed spreads"! There are also lots of good pictures in this too.