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The Ruth Penn Baltimore Album Quilt

Quilts have often been made and given as gifts to commemorate big life events. Ruth Pettit Penn followed a local fashionable trend when she made this quilt for her son’s marriage.

In the late 1840s, an existing fad for young ladies to collect poems, drawings and autographs of friends in a book or album was translated into fabric versions, or album quilts. The paper pages became quilt blocks, often signed with

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