Throughout the 20th century, American quilts
have served to express both a time and a vision. From the organic simplicity
of the quilts of Marie Webster to the contemporary stylings of Miriam
Nathan-Roberts, quilts reflect their makers as well as the times in which
they were made. By seeing quilts as records of history and documents of
experience, we can see how Americans have used this craft to preserve
and honor a heritage. From the beginning of the century and the quilts
of Rose Kretsinger through todays "quilting queens", Jinny
Beyer and Elly Sienkiewicz, American quiltmakers have created a legacy
in cloth, a living tradition that continues to flourish.
In 1936, Ruby Lanning Lundgren made a quilt for each of her three
children. Ruby's daughter, Elaine, describes the "The Fairy"
as a work of love.
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