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Thread: Interesting reading

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    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.

    Whew!

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    That is a small block!! I went to a display at Clark Co Museum in Henderson, NV, last week. One of the quilts had 6" or so squares that were 16 patches in each block. I thought that was small!! Kewl 8)

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    absolutely amazing,

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    I know this is an old thread but thought that some of you would like to see the picture of the quilt that has 85 thousand plus pieces. It is a Petit Point flower basket.
    http://www.nebraskahistory.org/sites/mnh/q-photos.htm
    It is a truly amazing quilt. It is at the bottom of the page. Debbie

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    Sorry forgot to tell you who pieced it. Grace McCance Snyder She also has a biography that was quite an interesting read. It is called "No Time On My Hands" It was written by her daughter Nellie Snyder Yost.

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    Boy, wouldn't you love to see that quilt in person luv? That was amazing. I would never have the patience for that. I'm sure glad someone did though. It says a lot about our craft, and our passion for it! :)

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    How beautiful! Like it was done in needlepoint! If she wasn't certifiably crazy by the time she finished, she was, at least, blind. 8)

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    Yes they are all or mostly half square triangles

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