Date: October 20, 2011 To: Quilt Guilds

From: 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 with others. I started my quilting lecture this year. I speak about how quilting has changed in three different times in history. As I am speaking I am showing the audience quilt blocks that represent each era. I also share two very special quilts. People are definitely visual learners and this topic would not be as interesting without including the blocks. Toward the end, I show them a few of my own quilts that have modern and unique designs. I’ve done my presentation for women of all ages and even to those that do not sew or quilt and I am happy to say that they all enjoyed it. For a recommendation, contact Ms. Susan Trilli at the South Brunswick Senior Center. She can 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 presentation is $100.00 plus a mileage fee of 0.70/per mile if you are not located in the vicinity of Old Bridge. I am very passionate about sewing and quilting and I want to share this wonderful art form with others. Be sure to open the attachment because you will see a picture of my quilt block display. You may call me at 732-679-9627 or email me at I look forward to hearing from you.

THE HISTORY OF QUILTING IN AMERICA AND MODERN QUILTS PRESENTED BY GAIL SMALL • The Migration Westward from 1830 to 1860 Hear about the first designs used in patchwork blocks. Learn why the colonial women loved quilting bees and what they talked about.

• The Civil War from 1860 to 1890 Hear how women on both sides raised money for the war. How exciting it was when the first sewing machine was patented and the 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 the 1920s, but how things changed during the depression of the 1930s. Hear how the sewing machine was modernized and about the first publication of quilt patterns in the newspaper.

To enhance my presentation, I show twenty blocks that represent each era in history. I also share a special quilt from the 1930’s, as well as a quilt that was beautifully appliquéd by my Grandmother.

The Underground Railroad and how the quilts helped slaves escape to freedom in Canada. This is very interesting to hear.

• I’ll conclude by showing several of my most unique quilts and explain the various techniques I’ve learned. I’ve taught classes in my home, sold many of my quilts, and demonstrated quilting at the Middlesex County Fair for several years.

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