September 14, 1981 12:00 PM

by Phyllis Haders

As interest in collecting and making quilts has increased, so has the number of books on the subject. Haders, a Manhattan quilt dealer, has produced an exhaustive reference work, highlighted by 50 color and 300 black-and-white photographs to help collectors identify and price quilts. (Quilts in this book range from $ 100 to $5,000.) The book concentrates on pieced, appliquéd and white-work quilt designs. Pieced quilts are grouped under such headings as nine patch, blocks, bars, diamonds, triangles, log cabins and drunkard’s path. Compared to the astounding variety and ingenuity of pieced quilts, appliquéd quilts seem far less interesting. White work requires extraordinary skill to turn fabric and stuffing into a sort of textile bas-relief. This soft-cover guide is one of an informative series on American artifacts that also includes books about toys, clocks and long arms. (Warner Books, $9.95)

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