Quilting History: A Look Back at Beautiful 1930s Quilts


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A wonderful read on the Craftsy Blog – Quilts from the 30’s. If you are not familiar with the “Craftsy Blog” this is a great time to check it out.

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Quilts from the 1930s are some of the most sought after by quilt collectors. The beautiful quilts from that era have certain trademark characteristics quilters still use when quilting today.

Characteristics of 1930s quilts

1930s quilts often have solid-colored backgrounds — many backgrounds are simple solid muslin, but bright pinks, blues, yellows and reds were also common background colors. The prints used in the quilts of the 1930s were an eclectic array of small and large florals and geometrics, polka dots in all sizes, plaids, stripes and novelty prints with animals and children’s motifs. With all of the sweet simplicity and charm of these quilts from the past, it’s no wonder that contemporary quilters often make this same style of quilts today.

A common motto in the 1930s was: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”

Because of this, and because times were hard for many American women during the late 1920s and 1930s, quilters often pieced their quilts with leftovers from “necessary” sewing projects: men’s shirts and trousers, women’s aprons and dresses, children’s clothing, and even cotton feedsacks that household staples like flour and sugar were packaged in.


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