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Quilt History

Learn a bit about quilt history, including the history of some of our favorite quilting patterns. You'll also find tips to help you identify vintage quilts and quilting fabrics.
  1. Quilt Museums (7)

1933 A Century of Progress Quilt Scandal
Take a peek at the grand prize winning (but scandalous) quilt from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.

Vintage Quilt Made with Celebrity Clothing
It took the quiltmaker six years to collect the celebrity clothing used to make this 1937 quilt.

Antique Quilts
Antique quilt fans shouldn't miss this informative blog.

Dear Jane Block Tips
A collection of tips to help quilters who are making "Baby Janes," reproductions of the 1863 Jane A. Stickle quilt.

Friendship Quilts: Precious Remembrance
A brief history of the friendship quilt, quilts assembled from blocks that are constructed and signed by friends and family of a quilt's owner.

Keeping Us in Stitches
A look at the quilts displayed at the Illinois State Museum. Leaf through the pages and you'll find descriptions of techniques and photos of vintage quilts.

McKim Studios Revival
Find Ruby Short McKim's quilt patterns and other items based on her work.

Bring an Antique Quilt Back to Life
Hewlett Packard walks you through the process of scanning and printing vintage fabrics to repair damaged patches in vintage quilts.

History of Sewing Needles
An interesting look at the history and manufacturing of sewing needles, by Kimberly Wulfert, PhD. Quilt Historian.

Gee's Bend Quilts
A look at some of the unique quilts made throughout the years by quilters living in Gee's Bend, Alabama.

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