Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996 is an ethnographic field collection that contains photographs and sound recordings documenting quilts from two sources -- the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection and the Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest. Recorded interviews with quilters highlight quilting within the context of daily life. The quilts reflect the range of backgrounds, motivations, and artistic tastes of the quiltmakers. The online collection shows both highly traditional and innovative quilts, and demonstrates the artisans' excellent design and technical skill
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These online presentations provide context and additional information about this collection.
- Speaking of Quilts: Voices from the Late 20th Century
- Blue Ridge Quilters
- The Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest
These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.
- Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
- Postwar United States: 1945-early 1970s
Related Collections and Exhibits
- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
- Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1939-1943
- Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982
- California Gold: Folk Music from the Thirties
- Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs
- Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande
- Voices from the Dust Bowl, 1940-1941
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