I was recently contacted by Lynda Salter Chenoweth, who found out about our Stone Soup Quilting Ministry on North Seattle Friends Church’s website (www.northseattlefriends.org). She and her partner, Mary Holton Robare, are quilt historians with a specialty in researching quilts and quilting associated with the Religious Society of Friends. They write a blog about these “Quaker Quilts.” While they usually write about 19th Century Quaker quilts and early Friends meetings, when they read about our Stone Soup Quilting Ministry they thought their readers would be interested in learning about what Quaker quilters are doing today.
In reading their blog I am really struck by the similarity between what we are doing to bless and comfort people today and the stories of our early Quaker sisters and the efforts to improve lives that they made. I was especially interested in the stories about Ann Parrish’s House of Industry as well as The Aimwell School for the Free Instruction of Females. Our passion for quilts as comfort and love, as well as for healing in both the Stone Soup and the Peace Through Pieces quilting ministries is reminiscent of the passions of Quaker women in earlier centuries. What a blessing!
You can read the Quaker Quilts blog and the story of Stone Soup Quilts at: www.quakerquilthistory.com.
Contributed by Patty Federighi, North Seattle Friends