This has probably been asked and answered before but if it was, I didn't see it. So here goes: When did the 1/4" seam rule apply to quilts. Seems to me that when my Mom hand pieced quilts many, many years ago, she never mentioned using a consitent 1/4" seam. Her quilts always turned out as far as I know. I have many of her old quilts and they look fine but it is hard to tell the size of the seam. I don't think that the women of yesteryear where as precise as the modern women is today. I realize that the patterns are more consise now and that if not followed precisely, the quilt will not be the same size as the pattern calls for. Any thoughts from anyone? Just curious.