This newspaper article from the mid-1960s proves that quiltmaking remained popular in many areas of the country, particularly outside of the major East and West Coast urban areas. For many people in rural, small town, and non-coastal America, the sudden and surprising popularity of the Abstract Design in American Quilts exhibition was befuddling. For them, quilts had always been an "art"—just not in the same way that New York's Whitney Museum was presenting it. Archives and Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Image from the Des Moines Register.
Newspaper article: "The Ancient (and Modern) Art of Quilting"