From Uncoverings 2010, Volume 31 of the Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group


By: Horton, Laurel

Laurel Horton is an independent quilt researcher, author, and editor. A native of Kentucky, she holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in library science from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree in folklore from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her 1979 thesis, "Economic Influences on German and Scotch-Irish Quilts in Antebellum Rowan County, North Carolina," was one of the earliest studies of regional variations in American quiltmaking traditions. Horton authored the award-winning book, Mary Black's Family Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life. A member of AQSG since 1982, she is a former board member and past president. She is a fre­quent contributor to Uncoverings, serving as editor from 1987 to 1993, and 2008 to 2012.