Articles and Essays

  • Blue Ridge Quilters Blue Ridge Quiltmaking in the Late Twentieth Century. Map information accessed through the U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Online Data Base, "our Nation's official repository of domestic geographic names information." Maps were originally generated by the U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER Mapping Service, "a public resource for generating high-quality, detailed maps of anywhere in the United States, using public geographic data." Map ...
  • Speaking of Quilts: Voices from the Late 20th Century Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection, clockwise from left: Portrait of Mamie and Leonard Bryan on porch in front of bedspread; Sixteen Patch quilt; Umbrella Girl quilt, detail; Quilt back, feed sack logo. Background quote: "This is just out of our old clothes." We Americans have adopted quilts as a symbol of what we value about ourselves and our national history. We speak of ...
  • The Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest When people think about quilts, they often picture women sitting together around a quilt frame, enjoying a communal experience. Quilts are frequently used, both literally and metaphorically, to express a sense of community. However, there is another common thread that runs throughout the history of American quilts -- that of competition.