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Caliker, referring to the reused cloth in a quilt, is vernacular unique to Kentucky. The term was used in the book Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall in 1907 to describe the quilt as an artifact of communal identity and empowerment.
“Patchwork? Ah, no! It was memory, imagination, history, biography, joy, sorrow, philosophy, religion, romance, realism, life, love and death; and over all, like a halo, the love of the artist for his work and the soul's longing for earthly immortality” -Aunt Jane of Kentucky, 1907