Quilts all over the world reflect part of their artist’s personal identity. They might be made from a favorite outfit or represent the creator’s favorite pattern or a special memory. Personal elements like these, as well the identity of the quilter, are hard to know without recorded stories. But that doesn’t mean they are not unknowingly represented in the fabric.
Quilts can also reflect the creator’s social or cultural identity, which can be easier to identify. Specific color combinations, styles, fabrics, and stitching techniques, give cultures (and eras) their own unique quilting customs. Sometimes there are even regional differences within the same culture.