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when did quilting become decoration as well as functional? Inspired as an art form or a means of decorating? Elderly Appalachian woman laying out her quilt.

Typical farmhouse, spring housecleaning, homemade quilts and bedding in sun. Coffee County, Alabama

Migrant mother piecing a quilt. How precious each little scrap of fabric must have been.

Mrs. Bill Stagg exhibiting a quilt made from tobacco sacks which she ripped up, dyed, and pierced. Nothing is wasted on these homesteading farms. Pie Town, New Mexico

Quilter (just think of all the wonderful quilts she made)