Dating your quilt

Quilting frames were often used to stretch the quilt layers and maintain even tension to produce high-quality quilting stitches and to allow many individual quilters to work on a single quilt at one time.

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Subscription quilts were made for all of America’s wars.

In a new tradition, quilt makers across the United States have been making quilts for wounded veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.

Quilt shows and competitions are held locally, regionally, and nationally.

There are international competitions as well, particularly in the United States, Japan, and Europe. 1865, unknown maker, Kentucky, dimensions: 80" x 85".

Quilts were frequently made to commemorate major life events, such as marriages.

There are many traditions regarding the number of quilts a young woman (and her family) was expected to have made prior to her wedding, for the establishment of her new home.

The name of the design, "New York Beauty" came from a 1930s pattern by Mountain Mist.

Included in the book "New York Beauty, Quilts from the Volckening Collection" (Quiltmania, France). Quilting traditions are particularly prominent in the United States, where the necessity of creating warm bedding met the paucity of local fabrics in the early days of the colonies.

One example of this is the quilts made as farewell gifts for pastors; some of these gifts were subscription quilts.

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