June 19, 2011
Signature quilts : Connecting friendship and comfort
Great-Grandma made a “friendship quilt”
Of scraps of calico.
Her neighbors gave small bits of cloth
From each new gown, and so
Great-Grandma fashioned deftly
A quilt of cheerful hues,
And sewed with tiny stitches
The pinks, and grays, and blues.
from The Romance Of the Patchwork Quilt in America
Friendship quilts were made from pieced blocks inscribed with names,
verses, or sayings.
In the 1840’s and 1850’s friendship quilts reached their zenith.
Rebecca Wickersham’s 1854 signature quilt
was a memorial to her late husband, John Wickersham, signatured by family members and friends.
Lately , several Circles of women,
have been in to learn about and
compose group quilts for healing ,
and congratulatory celebrations .
serious fund raising ,
and awareness quilts
motivate many other signature quilts.
Single pattern quilts are often referred to as “friendship quilts”
or Album quilts .
Signature quilts may use a collection of different blocks ,
or embroidered .
Have a cup of tea
and start thinking about a signature quilt.
I’ll give you some how to’s next week!