When Marie Webster wrote the first known book on quilting in 1915 she referred to the Jacob's Ladder pattern in this way, "The bold and rather heavy design known as 'Jacobs Ladder' is a good example of a pieced quilt." She showed a black and white picture of this pattern with the caption, "One of the most striking quilts having Biblical names." Biblical names were often used for quilts in a time when reading the Bible each day was a part of family life.The quilt block pictured just below is much like the example Marie Webster displayed in her book.By Lady Sarah Davies c/o Karen Evans 5 Deerfield Drive Easthampton, MA01027 The word "quilt" summons a host of images: thrifty pioneer housewives piecing elaborate patchworks for their families; album quilts signed by every member of a community as a gift for a departing mayor or pastor, or perhaps raffled for a worthy cause; perhaps even a wholecloth petticoat worn by a colonial dame as she danced with George Washington, or a brightly colored scrap quilt made by a grandmother or aunt during the Depression.The popular image of the quilt is of the quilt is modern, calico, and American. The problem with this familiar stereotype is that it doesnt go far enough.
Do you have t-shirts from high school or college that you'd like made into a quilt?
It may be a trip through the garden using stepping stones or it might be the long journey west in a covered wagon.
Women might well have dreamed of traveling as they were sewing on this quilt.
Themes for memory quilts include: Click on any photo to make it larger to see more detail. -- Doreen (Washington) Rainbow Charity Quilt Each block on this quilt represents the person's favorite charity.
*Photos on this site are ownership of Original Quilts and should not be used without permission. Half of the hand prints on this quilt were completed when my client was young, and the other half were completed recently to complete the quilt. The charity names are each embroidered on the hears, then appliqud onto each block.