Schwenkfelder Center New Exhibit Features Doll Quilts

Barbara Harrison (at top left), who made many of the quilts, discusses them with Kathy Rabun of Oley

New Schwenkfelder Center Exhibit Features Doll Quilts

PENNSBURG PA – Doll quilts (at top and above) made by Doylestown residents Elaine Larson and Barbara Harrison are on display this summer as a new exhibit at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St.

Creating doll quilts has a long-and-necessary history, museum Executive Director Beth Twiss Houting explains. Sewing doll quilts taught young girls skills they would need later in life for making and repairing clothes and household textiles. They learned how to cut fabric and take neat stitches, and how to design for pattern.

Doll quilts can be traced back to the 1200s in Germany, when girls created quilts for their clay dolls.

The museum and its displays are free to attend and open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

Photos provided by the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center