Several years ago, my mother gave me a few quilts made by her grandmother, Sarah Stroud. Unfortunately, not all of them survived the years without a lot of wear and tear, but I do have two that are still in good condition. When my children were younger, I was afraid to use them, but now I'm looking for a place to put them out. Like a lot of women at that time, my great-grandmother had a quilting frame that could be raised to the ceiling when not in use. I imagine this is how many of our female ancestors did their quilting.