By: Mary Holton Robare
This paper examines two signature quilts made and inscribed with the names of Quakers from a tight-knit, mid-nineteenth society. A brief overview of previous Quaker quilt scholarship precedes general issues of research such as quilt dating through use of historical records and explanations of Quaker customs. Perspectives on Quaker aesthetics in relation to religious tenets are offered. Diary entries and letters of contributors to the Pidgeon Family Quilt, made circa 1850 in Virginia, and Sandy Spring Quilt, made circa 1860 in Maryland, offer intimate glimpses of the quilters’ lives and times.