Dear Martha Supnik - Might you be able to direct me to a source with which I can research the origin and history of the quilt block pattern named "Providence"? I have sewn one quilt block using the Providence pattern and my husband will be creating a frame for the block. This will be a wedding gift to our nephew and his fiancé who have recently moved to Providence, RI. I would love to have the history of the Providence quilt block pattern to accompany our gift. I appreciate any assistance you are able to provide. Thank you.
Sincerely, Kate Menard
I answered by asking for a photo of her block to identify it since one block can have many names and one name can be given to many different blocks. She sent me some links to photos of the block on the internet.
I used our complete collection of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazines which is indexed to find 2 articles for Kate, scanned them, and copied a list of the 1930s pattern sources mentioned in those articles and e-mailed it all to Kate. I noted that our library volunteers are happy to assist with research questions. Unlike most institutions, the New England Quilt Museum library does not charge an hourly research fee. We are grateful when people send us a donation check which Kate very generously did along with this photo of her completed project.
I thanked her for her donation and pointed out that we have this blog which shares our success stories with others. She gave permission to use all their names, saying her husband, Eric Robinson, made the frame and she, Kate Menard, sewed the quilt block. The framed quilt block, with the Providence design, was a wedding gift to Matt Santacroce, her nephew, and Julie Maas, her new niece (in law) who got married in October 2015.
Martha Supnik, Library Volunteer