A logical extension of this tradition led quilts being made to raise money for other community projects, such as recovery from a flood or natural disaster, and later, for fundraising for war.Subscription quilts were made for all of America’s wars.
One of the primary techniques involved in quilt making is patchwork, sewing together geometric pieces of fabric often to form a design or "block." Also called piecing, this technique can be achieved with hand stitching or with a sewing machine.
The tops were prepared in advance, and a quilting bee was arranged, during which the actual quilting was completed by multiple people.
Quilting frames were often used to stretch the quilt layers and maintain even tension to produce high-quality quilting stitches and to allow many individual quilters to work on a single quilt at one time.
Quilt shows and competitions are held locally, regionally, and nationally.
There are international competitions as well, particularly in the United States, Japan, and Europe. 1865, unknown maker, Kentucky, dimensions: 80" x 85".