The Appalachian cultural region runs down the interior of the American east coast, from New York to Alabama. The mountains prevented large scale farms. As a result, subsistence farming (where farmers only grow enough food to feed their families) became the backbone of the Appalachian economy. Later industry like logging and coal mining brought profits to elite owners, but the workers still remained poor. This isolation allowed unique cultural traditions to flourish, including their own style of quilting. The Appalachian version of quilting mixed Scottish, Irish, and German folk traditions with local Native American, Amish, and Quaker influences. Quilting patterns from these cultures tend to be geometric and often express family history or local events.