This book documents traditional craft practiced by needlewomen in southern France, covering both history and how-to - from the production of this detailed work to techniques and patterns for recreating quilts, throws, and apparel. Berenson chronicles the long history of Provençal needlework, highlighting the craft's players, among them the artisans who created these revered quilts and the queens and average French women who treasured them. Along the way, she reveals the politics surrounding French textiles - including a seventy-year prohibition outlawing printed cottons during the eighteenth century. 'Quilts of Provence' provides guidance to readers for creating these artful quilted pieces, with ten projects for intermediate or expert quilters - work sure to inspire beginners as well. Projects include an baby’s bib and an infant lap piece, a comfortable woman's vest, a quilted pillow sham, and a range of bedcovers and quilted throws, some of which merit display like the works of art they are.