QUAKER CITY — It’s a community history, of sorts, in names hand-embroidered on quilt squares dating back nearly 80 years.
Last year, Jean (Carpenter) Butler Ebeling of Quaker City came across some old quilt squares that belonged to her late mother, Catherine Morris Carpenter. Each hand-pieced quilt square contains the hand-embroidered signature of the creator.
On two of the squares, the quilter also included the year the quilt block was made – 1941.
Catherine Carpenter would have been 31-years-old. Jean would have been only six-years-old, but she also made a square for her mother’s friendship quilt. She believes that each quilter made 18-20 quilt blocks, with the quilter’s name embroidered on each, and everyone traded blocks.
Jean decided to finish the quilt and had it machine-quilted by Kay Burkhart of Temperanceville. She entered the quilt in this year’s Ohio Hills Folk Festival quilt show, where it won first place in the historical quilt division.
Jean is asking that if anyone happens to know someone whose name is shown on the quilt, to please share their story by e-mailing Jean Ebeling at QCQuilt@yahoo.com.
Here are the names on the Quaker City Signature Quilt: Sarah Alwine, Tessie M. Danford, Meryl Flood, Dorothy Long, Ida M. A., Mildred Long, Bernice Alwine, Hattie Dillon, Ruth Alwine, Jean Robinson, Ruth Brown, Melissa Carpenter, Effie, Blanche Hayes, Ellen Carpenter, Mary Hayes, Oella Denius.