By: Katherine R. Koob
Often when we see a quilt at a museum, an antique shop or at friends we get a wonderful story of how this quilt was made by grandmother so-and-so or Mrs. such-and such and when and where it was made. Too often we cannot tell whether these stories are truths or tales. How do we know where to draw the fine line between the two? We would like to believe all the wonderful stories which come with each quilt for which the true stories are lost, never to be told. While working at the Merrimack Valley Textile Museum with its wonderful collection of American textiles and sample books, printed and woven samples pasted into large volumes, I began to study quilts in a different way.