History of Quilting
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“One of the things that's so important and I really want people to understand is that what these quiltmakers are doing is absolutely no different than what your great-grandmother did. Great-grandmother took available materials and techniques, and she used those to tell a story, to tell the viewer something about the world in which she lived, about something that was important to her, that's what these artists are doing.” Hilary Fletcher, Executive Director, Quilt National
By Lady Sarah Davies c/o Karen Evans 5 Deerfield Drive Easthampton, MA01027 aol.com The word "quilt" summons a host of images: thrifty pioneer housewives piecing elaborate patchworks for their families; album quilts signed by every member of a community as a gift for a departing mayor or pastor, or perhaps raffled for a worthy cause; perhaps even a wholecloth petticoat worn by a colonial dame as she danced with George Washington, or a brightly colored scrap quilt made by a grandmother or aunt during the Depression. The popular image of the quilt is of the quilt is modern, calico, and American. It certainly isn’t medieval!
Throughout history, people have enjoyed quilts for many different reasons. Quilts can provide clues to the past. Quilts can provide warmth. Quilts can provide beauty and value. Quilts can provide heritage.