A quilt made in the years just before and just after 2000
or in honor
of the turn of the century from 1900 to 2000. A renewed interest in swapping charms
surrounded the millennium. Quilters from all over the world
swapped small bits of fabric
, usually 2 inches square. Quiltmakers
attempted to make quilts
with 2000 different fabric prints or solids.
Often, quilters asked that swappers sign the squares with their names and locations, resulting in a friendship quilt.
The result of the work is called a millennium quilt, and is usually embroidered or dated with a permanent marker so future generations can know when and why the quilt was made.