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Gail Small

Gail Small

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Date: October 20, 2011To: Quilt GuildsFrom: Gail Small
Presentation about the History of Quilting in America and Modern Quilts
I’ve spoken professionally for three years now. My first and current presentation is called,Hawaiian History and Culture. I was born in Hawaii and love to share my heritage withothers.I started my quilting lecture this year. I speak about how quilting has changed in threedifferent times in history. As I am speaking I am showing the audience quilt blocks thatrepresent each era. I also share two very special quilts. People are definitely visual learnersand this topic would not be as interesting without including the blocks. Toward the end, Ishow them a few of my own quilts that have modern and unique designs. I’ve done mypresentation for women of all ages and even to those that do not sew or quilt and I am happyto say that they all enjoyed it.For a recommendation, contact Ms. Susan Trilli at the South Brunswick Senior Center. Shecan be reached at 732-329-4000 ext. 7675. I performed there on June 6, 2011.The agenda is on the second page. The cost for my one hour and fifteen minute presentationis $100.00 plus a mileage fee of 0.70/per mile if you are not located in the vicinity of OldBridge.I am very passionate about sewing and quilting and I want to share this wonderful art formwith others.
Be sure to open the attachment because you will see a picture of my quiltblock display.
You may call me at 732-679-9627 or email me atgsmall523@verizon.net. I look forward tohearing from you.
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. 

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