I wanted to point folks toward my recent book review for Museum Anthropology Review of Philena’s Friendship Quilt by Lynda Salter Chenoweth.
“The popular pastimes of quilt making and genealogical research have grown into multimilliondollar industries and the emergence of quilting retreats and scrap-booking classes complicate the stereotypical images of women gathering around a quilt frame or a grandmother leafing through a family album. In light of the growing interest in these two genres, Lynda Salter Chenoweth’s Philena’s Friendship Quilt: A Quaker Farewell to Ohio is sure to find a large audience among the growing number of quilt and genealogy enthusiasts. The information that Chenoweth reveals, including the techniques and tools for researching the story of a 19th century signature quilt, focuses on the traditions and aesthetics that produced a quilt, while tracing the family tree of the maker and of the recipient of a quilt…. (Read More Here)

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