'Quilts and coverlets' by Shiela Betterton, published by the American museum in 1978 and reprinted in 1982, has sold over 9,000 copies.
Those who already have a copy on their shelves will find that 'More Quilts and coverlets' not only contains fresh illustrations but that the subject is approached differently; both books contain the essential information as to the history and origin of quilts but both have been intended to stand on their own.
In 1957 Doctor Dallas Pratt, co-founder with John Judkyn of the American Museum in Britain, visited the Shelburne Museum in Vermont and saw the quilt collection there.It was one of the few that had been formed up to that time. Much impressed, he and John Judkyn obtained permission to include some of the Shelburne quilts in the exhibition of British examples of the craft which Mr Judkyn staged in May 1958 at Freshford Manor. That was, in all probability, the first time that American quilts were exhibited in Britain, and it marked the beginning of the collection in the American Museum, which is not only the best outside the United States of America, but ranks high amongst collections there. From those enthusiastic beginnings, the collection in the museum has grown to consist of over 160 quilts and some 36 woven coverlets as well as 40 hooked rugs and 30 Navajo weavings.