The National Quilt Collection incorporates quilts from various ethnic groups and social classes, for quilts are not the domain of a specific race or class, but can be a part of anyone’s heritage and treasured as such.
Whether of rich or humble fabrics, large in size or small, expertly crafted or not, well-worn or pristine, quilts in the National Quilt Collection provide a textile narrative that contributes to America’s complex and diverse history.
Vegetable dyes were made from flowers, herbs, bark, and roots.
As the 19th century progressed, advances in aniline dye manufacturing processes expanded the color palettes available, and beautifully pieced and appliqued quilts continued to be made, using the extra fabric choices available.
Moreover, in 1980 Gross helped organize the influential American Quilt Study Group.
Over the years she established herself as a leading historian of twentieth century quilts and quilters.
Many of the colonists used homespun, others used rare and expensive imported Chintz fabrics.In recognition of her many contributions to American quilting, Joyce Gross was inducted into the Quilter's Hall of Fame in 1996.She was named a "Quilt Treasure" by the Alliance for American Quilts. The collection contains original examples of American quilting as well as related material, including manuscripts, rare textile books, journals, catalogs, visual materials, and ephemera of twentieth-century quilting history. The quilt documentation series contains a notebook made up of individual item sheets that serve as descriptions for each quilt.For those of you who like to buy quilts at on-line auctions I thought I would give a bit of advice.There are many quilts out there that are reproduction quilts.