Launched in 2005 -- after the successful national Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor reunion featuring "A Legacy of Quilting" -- this Minerd.com site celebrates the remarkable creative force of quilt makers in the family, past and present. More than 50 quilt photographs are initially displayed in this "museum" -- including two dozen shown at the reunion, and many more images emailed by cousins from California to Massachusetts. This new "Online Quilt Museum" is dedicated to honoring talented quiltmakers in our family, and providing a visual record of their creations.
The earliest photo we have of a cousin-quilter is seen at right in the late 1890s -- showing Chicago resident Amy (Minerd) Tilbury-Thorne at the home of her brother James Minerd near Dixon, OH and Monroeville, IN. The design on the quilt is thought to have been a "pine tree pattern." To see an enlarged version, visit our "Photo of the Month" for August 2003.
In the image seen at left, the late Clara (Freed) Thorpe of Perryopolis, Fayette County, PA, proudly poses with one of her creations. This image was used as a Valentine card, and likely was taken in the 1950s.
If you would like to submit a photograph of your quilt, perhaps made by a loved ancestor, or possibly fashioned by you -- please email it to Minerd.com founder Mark A. Miner. Please include the name of the maker, the approximate year it was made, and any special notes about the fabrics, patterns, stitching or other stories behind the quilt.
Copyright © 2005, 2012 Mark A. Miner