Story of quilts

Etsy user Babyannequilts wrote a short article called "The Story of Quilts" for Etsy's The Storque online zine. It's filled with interesting facts I didn't know about this traditional form of art/craft. From her article:
 Storque Media Article Images Quilttreee Head Even in death, quilts sometimes played a significant role. During a difficult journey moving westward, death was common. But scarce wood or lack of time, often prevented trail travelers from making coffins. On these occasion, the dead were often buried wrapped in a family quilt. Those leaving the dead behind were comforted knowing that their loved one had something symbolizing the family's love in their lonely grave.

When a family relocated to a new home, friends and family members would often make a quilt as a parting gift. These friendship or album quilts, made by a group for a departing friend, were especially popular during the 1840s when there was a great surge of population moving to the western United States.
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  1. When my wife and I got engaged, her Great-Aunt Pinky (her real name was Juanita, but she had red hair and the nickname stuck) started making us a quilt. Pinky died about four months before we got married, so her daughter finished the quilt and gave it to us on our wedding day.

    It is a beautiful thing and incredibly comfy.

  2. This item popped up just as I was looking at info on a new documentary, Do Not Go Gently, on the power of imagination in aging. It features Gee’s Bend quilter Arlonzia Pettway (82), and (AFAIK) some background related to the role of quilting in aging and death. I’ll be seeing it tonight (Friday) at the Positive Aging conference at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, with the Executive Producer and Director/Producer present. Upcoming TV airings include Chico,CA and Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, AK.

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