Not only do we now do nearly everything on sewing machines, but the very idea that your friends and neighbors would gather to help you is a long gone idea for most of us. But, going to the store and buying a new comforter simply wasn’t an option for our ancestors, so they had to make what would adorn their beds.
Apache reservation quilting party, 1913. Via/ Flickr
“Ladies of the Helping Hand society working on quilt. Gage County, Nebraska, 1938.” Via/ Library of Congress
“Housewives in Tygart Valley, West Virginia, have weekly group meetings in home economics. Here they are quilting, 1938.” Via/ Library of Congress
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