Polyester is one of the most lamented quilting fabrics of the past, but like it or not, it is part of American quiltmaking tradition. It may not be as rare as the 18th century fabrics made of natural fibers, such as blue resist, cotton chintz or calendered wool, but it is just as important in its own way. Polyester was widely available during the American quiltmaking revival of the 1970s. Millions of Americans learned to quilt with it, and they made remarkably vibrant, enduring objects.
Wonder Fiber: Polyester in American Quilts
by Bill Volckening
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About the Designer
Bill Volckening is a quilt collector who lives in Portland, Oregon. He started collecting 30 years ago, and his collection includes more than 500 examples made between 1760 and the present day. Quilts from his collection have been featured in exhibitions and publications worldwide.