Peggy's long-time interest in the history and significance of signature quilts in the lives of our foremothers has led her to collect a wide variety of these quilts and to research their origins. Also known as friendship quilts, I believe the earliest one in her collection dated to the mid 1850s. She graciously allowed me to share some of my photographs of her quilts here. I was so busy trying to capture images of these quilts that I didn't take notes of her comments regarding individual quilts, so without further ado, enjoy the beauty and occasional humor of these wonderful examples.
A beautiful embroidered example, and my very favorite block (of course!) shown below.
Peggy made available a handout containing books and articles about signature quilts. Among these are two books by Linda Otto Lipsett that are in my collection: Remember Me, Women & Their Friendship Quilts and Pieced from Ellen's Quilt. Both are excellent reads for anyone who loves the history of early quilts. A third book also by Linda Otto Lipsett that also contains several friendship quilts, along with patterns for some of them, is To Love & To Cherish: Brides Remembered.
We all enjoyed a delightful afternoon surrounded by these quilted treasures. You can see a gallery of Peggy's quilts as well as patterns she has available and her workshops by visiting Yellow House Quilter.