Quilting in the Last Years of the Great Depression (18 Photos)

During the Great Depression, sewing materials were conserved for clothing and repair; however, toward the end of the Depression, quilters brought out their tools and un-used squares and got to work.  Quilting has always been used to pass on family stories and memories, but it also has a long tradition of being tied to acts of kindness and charity.  After years of tattered clothing and poverty, those still down on their luck got great happiness and comfort out of receiving a new quilt.  

We wanted to share a few photos of quilters at work from 1936-1941.  

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1939
Yamhill County, Oregon
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Farm women of the "Helping Hand" club display a pieced quilt which they are making for the benefit of one of their numbers. Near West Carlton, Yamhill County, Oregon.   Hit "Next Page" below to see the remaining (17) photos...

 

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Farm women, members of the "Helping Hand" club, carefully roll up the quilt upon which they are working. Near West Carlton, Yamhill County, Oregon.  October, 1939

 

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1936
Kern County, California
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Grandmother from Oklahoma and her pieced quilt. California, Kern County