One of many things my friend Gwen Marston has taught me is that the quilting community at large is tremendously rich and it’s history important. In that vein, I want to spread the word that now through August 13th at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown , Pennsylvania there is a special special exhibit showing: “The Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History”.
Gwen wrote not one, but two books about her mentor, Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker and Mary Schafer and Her Quilts (in collaboration with Joe Cunningham). Ms Schafer is considered an important force behind the resurgent interest of quiltmaking in the 1970s, an expert quilter, a detailed quilt historian and a mentor to many.
If you get the opportunity, don’t miss the exhibit of the work by this important person in textile art.
With permission of the museum I am happy to share a couple of Mary’s Pieces.
Grapes and Vines : Mary Schafer c 1972, flushing, Genesee County, Michigan; Cotton with Polyester Batting, 88 x 98 ; Photo by KEVA reserved Michigan State University Museum
Lee’s Rose and Buds: Mary Schafer c 1972, Flushing, Genesee County, Michigan; Cotton with Polyester Batting, 81 x 100; Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum
What a legacy we quilt makers have!