My friend, and colleague, Stacie Stukin sent me this very beautiful quote from the International Quilt Study Center.

Much of the social history of early America has been lost to us precisely because women were expected to use needles rather than pens. Yet if textiles are in one sense an emblem of  women’s oppression, they have also been an almost universal medium of female expression. If historians are to understand the lives of women in times past, they must not only cherish the Anne Bradstreets and Martha Ballards who mastered the mysterious ways of quill pens, they must also decipher work composed in yarn and thread.”

–Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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  1. Margaret Sheppard McNaron

    YES! YES! YES! As a quilter & grand-daughter of quilting grandmothers, I have always instinctively known that each amazing quilt I inherited is an autobiography of my paternal grandmother at a different time in her life. How much grief and joy can each quilt hold? I am still listening for the stories they each have to tell me, while also stitching my own stories into my quilts. I often imagine Maude is sitting patiently with me, helping with every stitch!