THE HISTORY OF QUILTING IN AMERICAAND MODERN QUILTSPRESENTED BY GAIL SMALL
The Migration Westward from 1830 to 1860
Hear about the first designs used in patchwork blocks. Learnwhy the colonial women loved quilting bees and what theytalked about.
The Civil War from 1860 to 1890
Hear how women on both sides raised money for the war. Howexciting it was when the first sewing machine was patented andthe availability of the first mail-order catalogs.
The Great Depression and World War II from 1920 to 1950
I’ll tell you why this was an exciting time for women in the1920s, but how things changed during the depression of the1930s. Hear how the sewing machine was modernized andabout the first publication of quilt patterns in the newspaper.
To enhance my presentation, I show twenty blocks that representeach era in history. I also share a
special quilt from the 1930’s,as well as a quilt that was beautifully appliquéd by myGrandmother.