Quilt of the Month


April 2004

April 2004

Rob Peter to Pay Paul
Maker unknown
Probably made in Kansas
Dated 1895
83" x 73.5"
IQSC 1997.007.0925
Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts
Patchwork Lives Exhibition

Many pioneer families struggled to make ends meet, juggling payments in a way that reflects this quilt pattern's name, Rob Peter to Pay Paul. In actuality, the name is drawn from English history -- apparently, King Edward VI ordered St. Peter's church in Westminster to sell some of its land in order to pay for the repair of St. Paul's in London. In the quilt design, some of the pieces the quilter cuts from the white fabric are "robbed" to form the design in another square.