Quilts: Practical Stories That Transcend Generations

Quilts sewn in generations past represent much more than proof that those generations liked to keep warm, or knew how to sew. The quilts exhibited in museums, like the National Quilt Register of the Pioneer Women’s Hut, are visual and tangible reminders of the different themes of the life rural women experienced. While many quilts were used by the woman’s family, others represented a sense of enterprise, as they were sold to other families for additional income to support the quiltmaker’s family.

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