'GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS' SCRIPTURES ANTIQUE QUILT
This unique quilt features Bible verses: the first line from John 6:12; almost all the rest from Revelation; Matthew (5:5--one of the Beatitudes) at the end.All the letters are pieced freehand from tiny scraps of printed cottons from the third quarter of the 19th century, not traced with stencils. The words in rows are separated by narrow strips of light cotton, the whole effect emulates written words on lined notebook paper. Who made is it unknown. It was collected in central New York State, the same area from which two related published quilts have been discovered, one called Crazy City, one signed Witte with houses, and my instinct tells me there is a relationship among these three absolutely distinctive and amazing quilts.