By: Lucinda R. Cawley
A friendship quilt, pieced of Rolling Stone blocks, found on the Eastern Shore of Maryland led to the identification of a group of quilts inscribed in fraktur calligraphy made in Lehigh and neighboring counties of southeastern Pennsylvania between 1851 and 1870. Almost every quilt contains a dedication block identifying the owner by name with the phrase Ihr Teppich and a date. It appears that most of the quilts were inscribed by professional calligraphers, two of whom signed their work. This study attempts to identify the women for whom the quilts were made and the calligraphers who inscribed them, to discover the nature of the bond between the people whose names are on each quilt, and to determine if the quilts were made to mark a particular event in the life of the owner.