By Jessica Crabtree
It’s been documented that quilting appeared in Europe from the crusaders as long ago as the twelfth century. In the United States, the art of quilting was not common until the 18th and 19th century, when most women kept busy spinning and sewing in order to make clothes for their family.
However, quilt making was economically a leisure past time for the wealthy. Much more humble bedcovering were found on most beds made from old sheets and shirts called shirtings.
Today quilts are very expensive. The high cost is derived from 100 percent cotton fabric, designer made and dozens of lines to each designer. Advances have modernized the quilt with all metal quilters edition sewing machines, long-arm quilt machines, rotary cutters and rulers.
The Montague County Community Quilters began meeting 10 years ago, forming around five members who met at the Senior Citizen Center in Bowie. Eventually that group opened its doors to any and all who wanted to participate. Betty Miller of Forestburg, was one of the original members. With more than 30 years experience quilting, Miller said she got her start quilting in 4-H as a youth. To read more pick up a copy of the June 2016 issue of NTFR.