Lisa J. Allen, MEd, MSIS
Quilting-in-America is a site devoted to information about quilts and quilting in the United States of America and the part it has played in our history.
I created this website because quilting is still very much a "social" activity, but unlike the pioneer women gathered at quilting bees learning from one another as they shared stories, laughter, and labor, modern quilters frequently turn to the Internet for information about quilting.
In my searches for information I was frequently frustrated by the uneven offerings. This site is not intended to be everything to everybody. There is already a lot of quality on the Web for quilters. Quilting-in-America does offer a historical as well as personal perspective not present anywhere else.
Lisa Allen : teacher, librarian, quilter
Of the 4 girls in my family, 3 of us quilt. Following in the footsteps of many creative, resourceful women before us, we are 4th generation quilters. We grew up with quilts and stories about them.
During my studies to become a teacher, I prepared many lesson plans incorporating quilts in the lesson. These lessons connected to social studies, history, mathematics -- they offered meaningful ways to bring real life into the classroom. It was the beginning of my own research into the many ways American life and history have been impacted by quilts and quilting.
As a librarian in a small university library, I now teach students to find, evaluate, and use information. Not all information, whether printed or electronic, is valid or valuable. Equally important to remember, not every author is an authority. Acknowledging my own limitations, I will certainly refer to sources of information written by authors with more expertise.
Credit will be given
and full citation information or Web links will be provided.
I hope visitors to Quilting-in-America will read critically, thinking and evaluating, always considering their own background knowledge. Also keeping in mind that I would never knowingly write false or misleading information.
Criticism, comments, suggestions or corrections
are encouraged. Thank you for visiting Quilting-in-America.
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