Signature Quilts 6: Community, Club, and Church

Signature quilts are often associated with family and friends, the most intimate social circles. However, signature quilts were often created within more public social groups as well, often serving a either a commemorative or a fundraising function. Many signature quilts were created by a community for their minister or clergyman, as in the case of the Appliqué Sampler and the Brownsville, Tennessee Fundraising Quilt. Signature quilts were also made by clubs, organizations and societies from the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) to the Women’s Relief Corps and U.S. Navy Ladies Auxiliary. Celebration of important community events, from the opening of a county courthouse in the case of the Jasper County quilt to honoring the nation’s bicentennial, was yet another reason for the creation of these public signature quilts.

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