Quilt making came to Arkansas during the earliest days of the settlement, most likely from Great Britain and other western European countries. While exploring the Americas, most Spanish wore quilted cotton jackets in place of armor, due to the scarcity of iron. During the nineteenth century, there was an influx of population and a greater availability of fabrics, so quilting thrived. The earliest surviving Arkansas quilts date back to 1830. You can view some of these antique quilts at the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Old State House, both in Little Rock.
You can learn more about quilting at a number of quilt shops in Arkansas. Knowledgeable staff and lots of supplies are abundant in Arkansas quilt shops. Arkansas is a fun trip. If you are planning to go, use this directory to locate Arkansas quilt shops and events along your route.
Here are some fun things that the family will enjoy when you visit Arkansas. Arkansas Air and Military Museum is home to vintage aircraft. At the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo, you can pet an alligator. Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public. You can hunt through more than 37 acres of plowed fields searching for diamonds. If you are lucky, you’ll find on , and best of all, you get to keep it!
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