Better Choose Me: Addictions to Tobacco, Collecting, and Quilting, 1880-1920


From Uncoverings 2000, Volume 21 of the Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group


By: Abrahams, Ethel Ewert; Pannabecker, Rachel K.

Ethel Ewert Abrahams holds a B.A. in printmaking and a M.A. in art education. She has taught art at the college level and authored publications including Frakturmalen und Schonschreiben, a book on Mennonite Fraktur art and penmanship. Ethel is also a quiltmaker and quilt lecturer and curated the traveling exhibit Better Choose Me: Collecting and Creating with Tobacco Fabric Novelties, 1880-1920.

Rachel K. Pannabecker is director of Kauffman Museum and assistant professor of social science at Bethel College in Kansas. She earned her Ph.D. in textiles and clothing and her research on Native American ribbonwork and on fashion theories appears in the Clothing and Tex­tiles Research Journal. Rachel quilts with The Quilters of First Menno­nite Church, McPherson, Kansas.