Celtic Quilts: Tying Together Knotwork Traditions

Mar 17, 2019 6:45:00 AM / by AccuQuilt posted in Quilting History, St. Patrick's Day

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Before you get to pinching, check out these interesting facts about some of our favorite associations with Irish culture: Celtic Quilts. You might be surprised by the history behind these timeless patterns! 

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Fleur de Lis: A Mardi Gras Signature "Throw"

Mar 5, 2019 7:40:00 AM / by AccuQuilt posted in Quilting History, Mardi Gras

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It’s Mardi Gras, which got us thinking about the traditions of New Orleans. One symbol found all over the city (especially in parades) is the fleur-de-lis. In architecture and on sports gear, the fleur-de-lis harkens back to the French roots of New Orleans. 

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Log Cabin Quilts: The Pioneering Spirit of America

Feb 12, 2019 8:36:57 AM / by AccuQuilt posted in GO! Log Cabin, Quilting History

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Today is Abraham Lincoln’s 210th birthday and it got us thinking about one of the most widely loved quilt patterns: the log cabin. Why in the world does the 16th president bring the log cabin quilt pattern to mind? Take a quick dive into the history of this beloved design with us and find out…

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Amish Quilts: Phil Isn't the Only Unique Tradition from Pennsylvania

Feb 2, 2019 7:48:00 AM / by AccuQuilt posted in Quilting, Quilting History

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It’s Groundhog Day! So charismatic Punxsutawney Phil will be taking to a Pennsylvanian podium (or has depending on when you're reading this) to predict the coming of spring. While founded in ancient practices, the first known observation of Groundhog Day was recorded in 1886 by the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper. Though that was quite some time ago, you might be surprised to find that another tradition associated with Pennsylvania began taking shape right around the same time that ol' Phil made his shadow viewing escapades official. Let’s explore the history of Amish quilts!

 

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