A collection of timeless beauties mingled with some of the stories that antique quilts can tell.
Triumphs in Hard Times
When I’m gone, ain’t nobody goin’ to think o’ the floors I’ve swept . . . But when one of my grandchildren or great-grandchildren sees one o’ these quilts, they’ll think of Aunt Jane, and wherever I am then, I’ll know I’m not forgotten.
Eliza Calvert Hall, Aunt Jane of Kentucky
Quilt name: Grandmother’s Flower Garden
The quilting momentum gained in the ’20s was only slightly diminished during the Great Depression. Newspapers and magazines continued to publish patterns. Quilters were more careful about where their supplies came from, though. Printed feed sacks were used to make quilts; however, as charming as they are today, at that time feed sack quilts labeled the maker as poor, frugal, and from a farming community. Quilting took on a softer, more romantic look, perhaps to soften the reality of the times. The high point for the resurrection of quilting was the announcement by Sears, Roebuck & Co. that they would sponsor a quilting contest for the Chicago World’s Fair. A total of 25,000 quilts were entered for a $1000 prize. The grand prize went to a woman who hired others to make her quilt!