Cheerful and Loving Persistence: Two Historical Quaker Quilts


From Uncoverings 2007, Volume 28 of the Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group


By: Robare, Mary Horton

Mary Holton Robare is an independent researcher from Winchester, Virginia. A Broadway performer throughout the 1980s, she has extensive background as a dance instructor and choreographer including ten years at Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia, where she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Researching and writing about historical Quaker quilts combines many of her interests. Professional theater work fostered a deep appreciation of craft and design. She has written two books of annotated, historic transcriptions and articles including "The Apple Pie Ridge Star;' for Blanket Statements. Her paper, "Quaker Networks Revealed in Quilts," was published in the Proceedings of the Textile History Forum 2007. Currently, she is a guest cura­tor for an exhibition of "Quilts and Quaker Heritage," scheduled for May 3-September 22, 2008, at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, Virginia.