Patricia Lynne Cummings and James Cummings
Patricia Cummings is a prolific quilter, needleworker and writer. For 12 years, her column "Pieces of the
Past" in The Quilter magazine offered a total of 83 articles about antique quilts and much more! On those
same pages, were projects that she designed. She may be best known for her love of Redwork Embroidery
and its History as she wrote three books on that subject or perhaps she will be remembered for her
scholarly writings regarding the (non) use of quilts as signal devices on the Underground Railroad.
However, those topics do not even touch the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all that Pat she has shared
with the public regarding textiles of all kinds. She loves to play the guitar and is a former teacher of
Spanish and a current book author.
Preservers of Material Culture
This website originally was in place from 2002 to March 2012. Due to unexpected tampering with the files, we
took it down. The site was re-established in June 2012. We are steadily working on uploading parts of this website
that seem to have been most enjoyed by our reading audience and of course, we shall add new features as we deem
fit. We hope that you enjoy your visit here!
James Cummings serves as the official photographer for Quilter's Muse Publications. His photos have appeared in
a number of books and publications including Patricia Cummings' latest book "Sweetheart & Mother Pillows
1917-1945" which has 247 photos! The book is published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
"Jim" loves History and enjoys traveling throughout New England to look at historic homes or to attend lectures
about history topics of interest. Given spare time, he can often be found working in the garden, trying out new
recipes or reading a book..
Quilter's Muse Publications
A quilt made by Pat based on a quilt originally made by Florence Peto
that is in the collection of Vermont's Shelburne Museum