Are you a quilting novice or an experienced stitcher? Try to answer these questions excerpted from the game to determine your knowledge of quilting history, techniques, and patterns. For more fun at home or a guild meeting, play Sew You Want to be a Quilter, A Shop Hop/Quilting Trivia Game.
1. What is the generally accepted “life span” of cotton fabric: 70, 80, 90 or 100 years?
2. What quilt pattern commemorates the founding of New Orleans in 1718?
3. What is sometimes referred to as the “Perfect Portable?”
4. Flour and feed sacks featuring geometric or floral designs did not appear in America until what decade (19_0s)?
5. What was the first electric household appliance? (It was introduced at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.)
6. This slave woman made two “Bible Story” Quilts—one is in the Smithsonian, the other in the Boston Fine Arts Museum.
Who is she?
7. What is the purpose of the “groove” on a needle?
8. The first cotton prints in America were made by John Hewson between 1778 and 1780—what were they called?
9. Rule of thumb, it is better to machine quilt on the bias first and then with the grain last. True or False?
10. The thimble is thought to have originated in what European country?
11. Selvage runs parallel to what grain in fabric?
12. Susan B. Anthony did what at a church quilting get-together in Cleveland?
13. Does bobbin tension vary with the type of thread used?
14. Superstition: You should not quilt at all on what day of the week?
15. What is finger pressing?
16. Polyester batting was first marketed in the United States by what company?
17. When she wrote the book How to Make an American Quilt, how many years had Whitney Otto been a quilter?
18. In reference to quilting, what is meant by the term “loft?”
19. “Gun boat quilts” refer to what?
20. Name a stitch typically found on a Victorian crazy quilt.
1. 100 years
2. The LeMoyne Star, named after the LeMoyne brothers who founded New Orleans.
3. The Singer® Featherweight
5. The flatiron.
6. Harriet Powers, born a slave in Athens, Georgia, in 1837.
7. It allows thread to lie close to the needle as it passes through the eye of the needle.
8. Calicoes. Originally “calico” derived from Calcutta, India, where hand-woven printed fabrics were made.
9. Absolutely False. Quilt with the grain first to stabilize the quilt, then on the bias last, as it will stretch more.
10. Holland. The Dutch are thought to have invented a bell-shaped thumb shield used by tailors and sailors.
11. The lengthwise grain or warp.
12. Gave her first speech about women’s suffrage.
13. Absolutely. Each time you use a different type of thread, check the tension. Keep a record for the future.
15. Using your finger to press a seam quickly without an iron.
16. Stearns & Foster (Mountain Mist®) in 1955.
17. Zero. She is a novelist, not a quilter.
18. The amount of “puffiness” in a batting.
19. Quilts that were made by southern women during the Civil War to raise funds to buy gun boats.
20. Feather stitch, satin stitch, outline or running stitch, French knot.