Ten years ago, my interest in men who quilt was heightened by a visitor who attended our local quilt study group. Her name was Grace and she had contacted a local church to see about repairing a quilt she inherited from her grandmother. It was a lucky thing too because Pastor Pam, the woman she talked to at the church was not only a great quilter but a member of our study group.
The quilt she brought to the meeting was indeed in disrepair. But it was the story that interested me.
When Grace was a little girl, she would often accompany her grandmother to Joseph P. Deibert's house. Her grandmother, Emma M. Reichard, was Joseph's housekeeper. From Grace's account, I gathered that he was infirmed but would pass the time embroidering and sewing. Emma would then quilt the tops for him.
Another quilt Deibert and Reichard were known for was "God's Autumn Cover" quilt pictured below:
In this article, we learn more that Deibert was the designer of the quilt and that he drew each leaf on the fabric. Also of interest is that Deibert wrote a book about this quilt as well History of God's Autumn Cover. The book was typewritten and I've never found a copy of it but the article cites "Deibert's book contains an essay, poem or hymn associated with each of the pictures." Of note: