Victorian era quilt returns to Melrose

In December 2018 at the Beebe Estate in Melrose, MA.

Clues from a Quilt

Ready for a scavenger hunt? Using stories learned from the red and white inscribed quilt, use the clues to learn more about Melrose in 1900. Download your clues and set off!

Stitched Connections

Six fiber artists share work that uses traditional quilting techniques to create inspired art. See work by Agusta Agusstson, Sue Colozzi, Janis Doucette, Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Madalene Axford Murphy and Alanna Nelson.

A Quilt Homecoming!

A Victorian era quilt inscribed with names of people who lived in Melrose, Massachusetts during the late 1890’s returns to Melrose. You can see the quilt at the Beebe Estate, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176 on:

  • Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2018 from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 2 from 11 am to 5 pm as part of the Melrose Open Studios Tour
  • Friday, December 7 from 7 pm to 9 pm

Throughout December, keep your eyes open for other homecoming celebration activities…

Stitched Connections - Fiber Art Exhibit

Six fiber artists use 21st century perspective and techniques, creating stitched connections to the past. Artists include Agusta Agustsson, Sue Colozzi, Janis Doucette, Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Madalene Axford Murphy and Alanna Nelson. See more…

Clues from the Quilt - Scavenger hunt

Researching the people whose names are on the quilt, we can learn more about Victorian Melrose. From November 30 to December 31, 2018, find seven locations in Melrose and learn the stories. Need clues? After November 29, you can download the clues or sign up for the newsletter to receive them in your email.

Melrose Public Library - Quilt Display

The Melrose Public Library will display small contemporary quilts from late November through the new year. Visit the library during its usual open hours to enjoy the exhibit “Red, White + Words.”

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The Quilt

Thanks to research and conservation by Ann Wasserman, we know that this red and white “Snowflake” quilt was made in 1898. Of the 64 families listed on the quilt, 58 lived in Melrose at the time. Click to learn more about this antique quilt.

Which names are on the quilt?

Download the list of names on the Melrose History Quilt. Thanks to Ann Wasserman for taking the time to research all of these names.

Grateful for the support from:

This project is funded in part by the Melrose Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Thanks to:

Ann Quilts | Chicago area textile restoration

Ann Quilts