General Quilt History

Quilting and Wartime History

The World War Era

Blue Star Service Banners  sometimes called “Blue Star Flags” have long been a part of America’s wartime history. Families with men and women serving in the
military have been hanging these quilts in their windows since the beginning of World War One. It was in 1917 that Army Capt. Robert L. Queissner designed and patented
this symbol in honor of his two sons who were serving on the front line.

Blue Star Service Banners have a blue star on a white field, with a red banner. A banner may include up to five stars – one for each family member on active duty. If the
soldier dies or is killed while serving, a gold star is superimposed onto the blue one.

Continuing Causes

Even today, people create quilts for purposes of comfort, as well as to express opinions on various causes. In 1987, quilters joined together to create a giant AIDS memorial
quilt. During the Gulf War against Iraq in 1991, quilts were created both supporting and opposing the war. Quite recently, quilting became an outlet to express fear and
compassion regarding the attacks of September 11, 2001. You can see examples of 9-11 memorial quilts at www.september11quilts.org. 

Source:

Breneman, Patches from the Past

Breneman, America's Quilting History

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