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Carrie Hall, an early 20th-century Kansas quiltmaker, set out to preserve America's quiltmaking heritage by collecting every known patchwork pattern and piecing one cloth block for every pattern.
Made between 19 and now housed in the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas, these blocks are a rich source of information for quilters, quilt historians, and quilt collectors.
Just as they filled their scrapbook albums with trade cards, calling cards, photos and memorabilia, crazy quilt makers embellished their quilts with their most favorite things. Newspapers picked up on the accomplishments of these talented women and shared them with their communities.
The subject is quilts made with thousands of pieces.Its dictionary-style entries depict the myriad household uses for textiles in the period.Drawing on original documents, prints, paintings, commercial records, merchant papers, advertisements, and pattern books, Textiles in America 1650-1870 is a comprehensive resource and a treasure trove of scholarship. One feed-company promotion was a contest for the best-dressed chicken.Nixon's Feedsack Secrets is a colorful, fun and fascinating ride through a great period of American fabric history.