DAR CHAPTER HEARS HISTORY OF QUILTS

Posted January 3, 2013 at 12:00 am


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The monthly meeting of the Elizabeth Carey Chapter DAR was held at the Nevada Country Club on Dec. 12. Regent Rosemary Noel opened the meeting. After a delicious lunch, the meeting resumed. Shirley Ann Bastow gave the President General’s message. Valo Jones read the National Defense Message. The American Indian Report was given by Frances Jenkins. Nancy Eaves read the Conservation Minute.

The Chapter held a silent auction for the DAR centennial which will be celebrated June 1, 2013.

An informative program was given by Erica Skouby on the History of American Quilts. In the 1600’s and 1700’s quilts were wool blankets. By the 1800’s quilts were large in size and made of wool with linen used as the backing. By the mid 1800’s appliqué was used on quilts. The Civil War had craft fairs to help support the wars. Women during this time paid $2 a yard for calico.

In the 1920’s, prints were light and brighter. The dye formulas came from Germany. Many quilts were made from feed sacks. It took three sacks to make a woman’s dress.

For several years of 1976 many quilts were made for the bi-centennial.

The next meeting will begin at noon Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Nevada Public Library meeting room.