Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I am at awe as I read about Wisconsin and how the quilt came here. Hopefully we will able to talk about yours and mine and learn new things and try to copy some of the state's examples. Since I was not born here but california i can't wait to hear about them. Crafting has always been important in the making of our country /Whether it is in writing important documents, to making blankets/bandages for our soldiers or being able to build houses and our country.
I live in NE Ohio and would have to say that in our area much of the early quilting was in the style of New England. It's a little know face that once the state of Conn. extended out to the middle of the northern Ohio border on Lake Erie and about 60-80 miles inland. We still are called "The Western Reserve".... this happened after the Rev. War when the government didn't have the money to pay soldiers for fighting the war for them. Instead they offered them land "in the west"............. this being the western reserve of Conn. --- amazing how the state shrunk!
If you travel around our area you will be suprized at how New England-ish the area looks. In fact it seems that at one time the calendar makers would come out to Ohio the photograph the old barns for New England calendars.
We also have a touch of Virginian quilting - again, before the Rev. war and during it, Virginia had claim to the whole eastern part of Ohio. I remember once being in Williamsburg and seeing a map on the wall showing Virginia as having the north of ohio as belonging to them. Drove the docent crazy insisting that Conn., in truth, owned that tract!
And then we have our Amish quilters. In truth, we can claim that we have a larger population of Amish families then either Pennsylvania or Indiana. Thirty years ago their quilting was traaditional, for them, but now they quilt in styles that sell and it is hard to find a real Amish quilt made in the traditional style.
Ohio has a very diverse history of quilts!