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The purpose of the research was to study the evolution
of quilts in Floyd County, Virginia, as a means of
documenting the life and culture of the county natives.
Both documents and relics were examined and methods of
qualitative and quantitative analysis were utilized.
The relics were any existing quilts made in Floyd County,
while the documents included not only those in traditionally
written form, but those in the unwritten form--in
this case, twenty-two oral interviews. A visual instrument
was developed to substantiate subject responses to
Geographic, economic and cultural factors were
shovm to have played an important part in determining
the characteristics of Floyd County quilts. County
aesthetic values were deternined to be closely related
to nature. Design lines were moderately complex and
color preferences fell in the primary and secondary color
range. Due to the historic functional use of quilts, no
relation was found between the women's craftsmanship and