New Acquisition: Presentation Quilt Made by the Ladies Aid Society, Killingworth, 1852
This is a hand stitched, patchwork quilt made by the Ladies Sewing Society in Killingworth. It was the only Women’s organization at the time and raised considerable funds for beautification and maintenance of the Congregational church building. It bears an inscription “Presented to Mrs Hiram Bell by the Ladies whose names are hereon inserted. Killingworth Jan 1st 1852.” The Rev. Hiram Bell became pastor of the Congregational Church in 1850. The quilt was most likely made as a welcoming gift for his wife. The quilt has the names of those who made the quilt. These names – Griswold, Lane, Kelsey, Parmelee, Nettleton, and others - represent many of the prominent families in Killingworth at the time. The quilt is in excellent condition noting that a few of the names are faint. The quilt was obtained from Barbara Murray, Vista, California.