My aunt's made quilts from domestic necessity and later for pleasure. The oldest were born in 1910 and 1913 and lived to be 96 and 93. I spent a lot of time with them and my other aunts as a little kid and learned a lot of things about early 20th century life.
I feel lucky to have several of these old quilts that we use daily and many in the closet. In the 60's, we used old quilts to cover tobacco. They were threadbare but would have been a treasure today.