By: Susan Price Miller
Lucile and Ben Taylor filled their two-story brick house in Fairfield, Iowa, with numerous collections and saved letters, photographs, and clippings on many subjects. After their deaths, the ephemera that Lucile assembled pertaining to quilts and the two special friends who shared her interest in the subject came into the author’s possession. This study surveys the Taylor archives to uncover information about how Lillian Walker, Maxine Teele and Lucile Taylor influenced each other’s quilt activities after the late 1950s. This primary material reveals the conditions quilters faced prior to the flowering of the current revival in the 1970s, the on-going quilt activity in southeast Iowa that bridged the two revivals of the twentieth century, and the details of a mutually beneficial three-way friendship that brought public recognition to Walker late in her life and produced two new quilt experts who contributed to the contemporary quilting scene on regional and national levels.