By: Sara Reimer Farley and Nancy Hornback
The work of Rachel Adella Jewett and her daughter Lucyle Jewett of Halstead, Kansas, both prolific quiltmakers, spans nearly three-quarters of the twentieth century. Just as impressive as their beautiful quilts are the written records compiled by these two remarkable quiltmakers. Analysis of these extensive records, supplemented by interviews and other sources, provided an uncommon opportunity to understand the patterns of work, the approaches to quiltmaking, and the interaction of quiltmakers within a small Midwestern community. These records are important because they provide a means to extend and verify our understanding of the individual and communal nature of quiltmaking in the twentieth century.