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Christian Cross Signature Quilt
The Wixom Free Will Baptist Church Ladies Aid Society
Wixom, Oakland County, Michigan
1897
68" x 82"
Cotton
MSU Museum Accession 2007:108.1
Gift of David Sibley
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by the MSU Museum

The Christian Cross Signature Quilt is an example of the longstanding tradition of using quilts to raise money for a cause. This quilt was made by the Wixom Free Will Baptist Church Ladies Aid Society in 1897 to raise funds for their church. Each of the individuals whose names appear on the quilt paid ten cents to support this fundraising project.

Gertrude Sibley, the quilt’s first owner, mentioned the quilt in a 1938 commemorative address given in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the church.

 

I do not know when the Ladies Aid was officially launched, but do remember Mrs. Mary Calhoun as being a very active and efficient Pres. in 1880 and 1890. The carpets, the paintings, a share of the pastors’ salaries were all helped by the Ladies Aid. How was the money earned? By lawn ice cream socials, when ice cream was not sold in cones on every corner, by winter socials, when the auto did not take the young people to town twenty or thirty miles to a picture show, by Harvest festivals where folks were thankful for farm produce, by piecing album quilts where it cost tens cents to have your name put on. I have one made by the Aid in 1897.

- Gertrude Sibley
July 2, 1938


By Mary Worrall, 2007




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