In this episode Jon Kay talks with Laurel Horton a folklorist and quilt and textile researcher.  Horton has studied and made quilts since 1975. She recently published the book Mary Black’s Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life, which blends historical and genealogical methods with a behavioral approach to material culture studies. She also discusses an ancestral counterpane piece that was passed down within her family and how she is working to better understand this interesting early American textile and what it might say about the maker as well as the family who values this woven artifact from the past, if the researcher keeps asking questions.

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