Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History
Public Acclaim for Mary Schafer and Her Quilts
By the time of the quilting revival of the 1970s, Mary
Schafer had become a well-known figure in the quilting world. Mary
collaborated with Gwen Marston and Joe Cunningham on exhibits and
public programming. Their efforts cumulated in the book, Mary
Schafer and Her Quilts(Michigan State University Museum
In addition to giving talks on quilting, Mary received awards
for the quilts she had in numerous quilt contests and shows and
her collection was shown in many exhibitions. In 1986, Mary was
honored with Michigan Senate Resolution No. 605, honoring her for
“many contributions to the art of quiltmaking.”
As Mary’s fame grew,
her collection began to be featured in many exhibits.
her quilts have received much recognition from local press.
Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine profiled Mary’s
work as a quilter and quilt scholar.