Quilters were among the artists and artisans employed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) between 1935 and 1942 as part of the Roosevelt Administration’s Second New Deal.
In 1989, The WPA Museum Extension Project, Langhorne, PA, was researched and published by the Variable Star Quilt Guild and the Generational Resources Exchange. The product of their research included 30 quilt designs.
In 2022, thirteen members of the Olde Kent Quilters Guild, under the guidance of Elizabeth Pauley Teletski, undertook to honor the work and artistry of those quilters by creating these new quilts from their patterns.
The Olde Kent Quilters Guild is a member of the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore and was founded in Chestertown, Maryland, on the Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, in 1995 and currently has approximately 80 members.
The WPA Reproduction Quilts Project Show will be on exhibit at the Fiber Arts Center from January 17 through March 9, 2024. The show is free and open to the public during our regular hours of Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12:00 – 4:00pm.