The quilt featured today is a bit of a mystery. It came to Queens County Heritage after being purchased at the auction sale of the estate of Elinor Peters, Queenstown, in 1999. The vibrant pink and yellow with the blue birds makes for a very striking textile overall. It is a relatively standard signature or subscription quilt, however the original maker or makers are unknown. The quilting is different throughout, indicating a group effort, not the work of one individual.
The names on the quilt are all from the Hampstead and Queenstown areas of the county, indicating it was made there. Also, the names of families included on the white birds indicate dates between 1973 and 1978 and each name has something in common: each person was either a member of the local senior citizens group, or was connected to someone who was a member.
The Silver Stars seniors group was very active in the 1970s and 1980s in Hampstead and Queenstown with regular meetings, parties and community fundraising activities. The group met at the Orange Hall, Queenstown for evenings of cards and games. The women of the group often created quilts that were subsequently raffled or sold for the benefit of local projects such as the installation of new bathrooms at the hall or other necessary equipment. It is probable that this quilt was one of their projects and Ms. Peters either won or purchased the quilt. If anyone remembers this project or the quilt, don’t hesitate to get in touch as we would like to confirm our theory!