March 16, 2022

Maryland History to Virtually Present ‘The Work of Women's Hands: Maryland Chintz Quilts’ on Tuesday, March 22

The history of quilting in the State will be the featured topic at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, as Maryland History virtually presents “The Work of Women's Hands: Maryland Chintz Quilts.” In the production, Curator Elizabeth Lay will examine the chintz quilt tradition, the Clark family, and later chintz quilts in the collection.

Those interested in the art of quilting, and its history, often think 200-year-old are humble, pieced bed coverings made of scraps. However, the oldest Maryland quilts are objects of great refinement, made of expensive imported fabrics such as glazed chintz. One of the most important of these is a Clarksburg quilt, created around 1820 by Sarah Clark Willson.

Curator Lay will share close-up images of 26 stitches per inch quilting patterns, as well as the appliqued compositions and the Clark’s Store daybook that provides a snapshot of life and needlework materials during the period.

The presentation will provide an opportunity to see the quilts in detail.

To register to view the presentation, go to