Quiltmaking in the 1910s can be best described as the convergence of the quilt styles of the late 19th century with the new innovations of the early 20th century. One phenomenon of the era was the emergence of major entrepreneurial quilt designers and the exciting fresh look in quilts they contributed to the quilt world. Two catastrophic events in 1917 and 1918 interrupted the emergence of these new trends in quiltmaking. World War I, also referred to as the “Great War,” and the 1918 Pandemic Flu, also known as “The Spanish Flu,” brought hardship and death to America and the entire world. Much of the quiltmaking from April 1917 to March 1919 was mostly focused on providing for our soldiers and the Red Cross. With their quiltmaking skills, women contributed thousands of quilts for one of the greatest benevolent efforts of the 20th century.
About Sue Reich
Sue began her love of quilting as a child at her grandmother’s farmhouse in northwestern Pennsylvania. Her interests expanded to the historic documentation of Connecticut’s quilts, and she became a certified AQS appraiser and an NQA trained quilt judge. Sue lectures nationally on a variety of quilt history topics and is well known for curating theme quilts from her extensive collection. As the nationally recognized author of quilt history books, Sue travels widely sharing her quilt research and knowledge. Her books include World War I Quilts; World War II Quilts; Quilts Presidential and Patriotic; Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut; Quilting News of Yesteryear: 1,000 Pieces and Counting; Crazy as a Bed-Quilt; and Quiltings, Frolicks, and Bees.