Deschutes Public Library News
Quilts On The Oregon Trail
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 10/27/2003
Learn more about the history of quilts when Rachel Greco presents Quilts Along the Oregon Trail in the Brooks Room of the Bend Public Library on November 2 at 2:00 p.m.
“My grandmother once told me that every stitch in a quilt is a little hug,” says Greco, quilt historian and owner of Grandma’s Attic Sewing Emporium, Inc. in Dallas, Oregon. “That concept sums up the importance of quilts very neatly.”
According to Greco, quilts and the settlement of Oregon are tied together. “Quilts arrived in the Oregon Territory well before Oregon achieved statehood.” Quilts came west on wagon trains, in handcarts and with early settlers. The earliest published quilt pattern in the United States was a patchwork of hexagons that appeared in Godey’s Ladies Magazine in 1835. The pattern was first referred to as Honeycomb and according to Greco has been in use in the United States since 1817. Today the pattern is known as Grandmother’s Flower Garden. During her program, Greco shares stories of the earliest instances of quilts in Oregon and explains the role they played in well known historical events.
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032 or visit www.dpls.lib.or.