Since the Bicentennial, interest in quilts and quiltmaking has just kept growing and growing. Today, quilting is popular in almost every country in the world and many countries host their own annual local and international quilt shows.
According to the Quilting in America 2014 Survey, quilters in America alone spend $3.76 billion dollars a year on quilting and quilt related items. http://quilts.com/assets/qia_survey.pdf
My grandmother, who taught me to sew, was a quilter. She used an old treadle sewing machine to make most of her quilts. I treasure the quilts that she made that are now in my possession.
My husband's grandmother was also a quilter. I have a few quilts that she made for his family including a vintage Nile Green and white quilt made for his parents 1933 wedding. The pattern she used was called Single Wedding Ring. (It is also known as the Crown of Thorns pattern.)
I am a member of AQS (American Quilter's Society), CPQG (CT Piecemakers Quilt Guild), the Connecticut chapter of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) and the Modern Quilt Guild.
Before retiring in 2014, I was an elementary school library media specialist for 20 years.