Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society


Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
(717) 393-9745


Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster PA 17602

Next Event


Mar 26 2019


10:00 am - 12:00 pm


$25 members, $30 nonmembers

Registration Closed! Pennsylvania German Antique Quilt Turning: Session 1

Facilitated by local quilt historian Barbara Garrett, researcher for 45-plus years of Pennsylvania German quilts from southeastern Pennsylvania, a two-hour Antique Pennsylvania German Quilt Turning will occur at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

Held at 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, Pa., the day before AQS Quilt Week begins in Lancaster, the event requires advance registration on a first-come basis because of limited space. It also includes free admission to the Society’s museum exhibit, “Decorated and Plain: An Amish and Mennonite ‘Sampler,” an overview of 300 years of local Mennonite and Amish history and culture. The exhibit includes display of six stunning quilts not included in the turning.

This event affords a unique opportunity to view and study 22 quilts from the Society’s collection, most of which have never before been exhibited to the public. Participants will also learn about the makers and their world, fabrics, styles, and patterns unique to the quilts in this region.

Session 1 will run from 10:00 to 12:00, and session 2, from 1:30 to 3:30, with the same quilts shown at each session. Both sessions are now full.

Barbara Garrett has been involved in quilt-documentation projects since the 1980s, including ones held in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania, and served as a consultant for projects in Schuylkill, Franklin, Cumberland, and York Counties. She is a volunteer with the Delaware State Quilt Documentation Project and was the consultant for the Kent County, Maryland, project. She is one of the authors of the York County documentation book, Quilts: The Fabric of Friendship (Schiffer Books, 2001).

Garrett’s historic reproduction doll quilts have appeared in several books, including A Quiltie Ladie’s Garden Journal, published by the Variable Star Quilters, and A Quilt Block Challenge: Vintage Revisited and Dance As Desired, both published by Schiffer Books. Her doll quilts have been featured in Miniature Quilts Magazine. A queen-size quilt she designed and made of feed-sack fabric was the demonstration quilt on an episode of HGTV’s “Simply Quilts.” She was the featured guest on another “Simply Quilts” episode, discussing Pennsylvania German quilts of the late 1800s and demonstrating her “Joseph’s Coat” doll-quilt pattern.

Garrett has presented several study centers at American Quilt Study Group annual seminars. She was a volunteer docent and demonstrator at the former Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum. In 2008 and 2010 she created and curated shows of privately owned antique quilts for Historic Poole Forge in Churchtown, Pennsylvania. In 2011 and 2012 she worked with Germantown Historical Society in Philadelphia to document and cohost two quilt turnings of the quilts in that collection. In 2017 she facilitated a quilt turning of quilts from the Chester County Historical Society’s collection.

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