Quilts & Coverlets
MCKINLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH SIGNATURE QUILT
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  • Ladies Aid Society, McKinley Community Church
  • Warren, Ohio
  • 1935
  • Wool with wool yarn and embroidery thread
  • 86 x 74 1/2 in.
  • American Folk Art Museum, gift of Ivan Massar, 2007.2.1
  • This quilt belongs to a small group of textiles in the museum’s collection that signifies the power of women united in a single goal to support important causes and each other through their needlework and organizational skills. The quilt was made in 1935 by members of the Ladies Aid Society of the McKinley Community Church in Warren, Ohio, to raise funds for the new church building. They pieced the quilt in an all-over Spool Block pattern and raised $50 in support of the church by selling signatures at 10 cents a name, three names in each block, twelve blocks across and fourteen blocks down, for a total of 504 names in 168 blocks.

    The quilt took first prize at the Trumbull County Fair and was raffled off. The Massar family, church members whose names are well represented on the quilt, were the lucky winners and the quilt descended to Ivan Jr., who preserved the quilt for more than seventy years with its history and its prize-winning first premium label still attached.
  • Photo by Gavin Ashworth