Lynda Salter Chenoweth

Lynda Salter Chenoweth is a quilter who has lived in Sonoma, California since retiring from the University of California at Berkeley. Her quilt research focuses on nineteenth-century signature quilts.

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Philena’s Friendship Quilt · A Quaker Farewell to Ohio
By Lynda Salter Chenoweth

Chenoweth’s research to discover the story behind a Quaker signature quilt made in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1853 revealed not only the identity of the quilt recipient and details of her life and community, but also a striking feature of the quilt itself—a “hidden” design element created by the deliberate placement of names on the quilt’s surface.

“The meticulous scholarship, fresh style of documentation with accompanying color-coded visual charts, and its wealth of illustrations make Philena’s Friendship Quilt a treasure for any quilt enthusiast.”

Mary Robare, author of Quilts and Quaker Heritage: Selections from an Exhibition, Virginia Quilt Museum