It is slow at work after the 4th, so I have been reading "The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750-1950."
It is really great to learn about the way fabrics were made through the decades, what was popular, and how quilting has changed and evolved.
I never knew that in the 1930s through the 1950s quilters challenged eachother to make a quilt using the most/smallest pieces! We're talking 1 inch blocks made of 8 pieces! (The Postage Stamp quilt era.) The record holder last mentioned was a flower basket design with almost 88,000 triangle pieces!
I have to admire their determination and the hours put into these. No rotary cutters, or quilting machines. And many of these ladies started these quilts when they were in their 80's.