By: Susan L. Davis
The research was undertaken to study the evolution of quilts in the Appalachian Virginia county of Floyd as a means of documenting the life and culture of the county natives. Existing documents and relics were examined and methods of both qualitative and quantitative analysis were instituted. Twenty-two third generation (plus) resident quilters were interviewed orally and recorded on tape. Interview form was structured and utilized a visual instrument which was developed to substantiate subject response to interview questions. The research showed quilting to be an integral part of the upbringing and social interaction of county quilters. Geographic, economic, and cultural factors were clearly visible in the elements of Floyd County quilts.