Quilting, in some form or another, has been practised for thousands of years, but the most popular designs remain those from the Americas in the 19th century.

As bright-coloured cloths became more commonly available, pioneering women sewed samples and offcuts into elaborate patterns that carried the legends of the journeys they hoped for or endured: log cabin, broken dishes, Jacob’s ladder, bear’s paw, goose tracks, grandmother’s flower garden …

Read the full text at the Mail & Guardian website.

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