A must read blog for me is Barbara Brackman's Material Culture. I've been a long time fan of her books and was delighted when I found her blog last year. Her posts are always informative, long enough to get your teeth into, but not so long you feel you are reading a thesis.
Last fall she wrote about Alamance, North Carolina and the history of a particular kind of woven cotton manufactured just after the civil war.
I went to my little warehouse (garage) and dug out these very old, sometimes bashed up quilts.
Although Alamance and other areas of the south seemed to specialize in checks, these fabrics seemed to fit the bill. I wonder??
Is this Alamance cloth?