Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History
Mary Schafer's "Challenge Period"
|During what she termed her
"challenge period," Mary not only increased her commitment to the
study and making of quilts, but also became determined "to raise in
popular esteem" the appreciation of quilts by educating the public
about quilts and their history. Mary received her first invitation
to conduct a workshop in April of 1971 at the Flint (Michigan) YWCA
and subsequently spoke to many groups, particularly in the Great Lakes
region, on both historical and technical aspects of quilting.
During this period Mary made quilts in patterns and styles she felt
were important in quilt history. The collection of her quilts thus
became instructional tools by which she could teach others about aspects
of quilting history.
Mary's "Challenge" Quilts
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