By: Jonathan Gregory
In 1934, following a decade of personal losses and financial reversal, Ernest B. Haight (1899−1992) began quiltmaking, which he continued for the remainder of his productive years. As one who by nature and training focused on the process of making things as well as the aesthetics of what he made, Haight developed sew-then-cut and machine quilting approaches that increased the accuracy and efficiency of his quiltmaking. Quiltmaking fed his soul by providing a creative and practical activity that also satisfied his need for intellectual challenge, helped him cope with difficult circumstances and losses, and offered opportunities to serve others through generously sharing his quilts and quiltmaking practices. Quiltmakers recognized Haight’s accomplishments during the 1970s’ Quilt Revival; however the importance of quiltmaking to himself exceeded his influence on the direction of quiltmaking during the early years of the Revival.