|Patricia L. Cummings and James Cummings: Preservers of Material Culture
View in a Nutshell
Patricia L. Cummings is a prolific quilter, needleworker and writer. Since 1999 Pat's column "Pieces of the
Past" written for The Quilter magazine has offered articles about antique quilts, museum collections and
directions for making either her original designs or reproductions of antique quilts! She has prepared more
than 90 articles for publication for that particular magazine title, some of which will be published in 2014!
Her writings and quilts have been featured countless times in publication venues worldwide, including but
not limited to: Fabric Trends, Scrap Quilt Favorites, C.C.C. Legacy Newsletter, Citizen Companion,
Country Handcrafts, Collector's Journal, Miniature Quilts, Patchwork Tsushin (Tokyo),
Civilian.Conservation Corps Legacy Newsletter, UnRavel the Gavel newspaper, The Appliqué Society
Newsletter, but most often in The Quilter magazine (86 articles as of the Feb/March 2014 issue). Her
historical research is cited in the books and research reports of other authors, both academic and
Pat loves to share information about quilts, embroidery and printed textiles. Her knowledge based on a
lifetime of interest in needlework of all kinds. With a long background in journalism, she also writes poetry,
short stories, songs, and books. She is a former classroom teacher of Spanish. Her son passed all the
requirements for a Ph.D. in 2013 and he teaches university classes in English.
Patricia Cummings in her studio in 2000
Photo by Ken Williams, The Concord,Monitor
A More Detailed Summary
Patricia graduated from the University of New Hampshire with honors. As a Spanish major, she earned 48
credits in that subject while only 32 credits were actually needed to fulfill degree requirements. She studied
the History of Spanish Art and Architecture at a university in Spain. Graduate work includes study n the
field of Education.
Before becoming a studio quilt maker and a professional writer on topics of quilt history, she taught
Spanish at the college level, and substitute-taught grades K-12, particularly offering instruction in Spanish,
English, History, and Science. Here and there, she has done a lot of teaching, including instruction in
English-As-A Second-Language for Spanish medical students, as a private group tutor at the University of
Navarra. In 2001 Patricia completed the University of Nebraska, Lincoln's distance learning class titled
"History of Quilts."
For about 20 years, Patricia presented lectures about quilts and their history as well as instruction in various
quilting techniques. She taught for Community Education and groups such as historical societies,
needlework organizations, and quilt guilds, and provided private quilting classes. For 9 years, she worked
toward certification as a "master craftsman in quilting" and was awarded that honor in the year 2000, the
8th person to have achieved the goal in the history of the testing program offered by E.G.A. She has served
as a quilt show judge.
The first of many books, Patricia Cummings' first book, Redwork Renaissance, was written in 2002. She
wrote two other books on that subject. Two landmark books offer information that had previously not been
researched, namely, her book, Ellen Emeline (Hardy) Webster (1867-1950): Her Amazing Quilt "Charts,"
Her Writings, and Her Life, a comprehensive 355 page biography of NH quilt historian and interpretations
of the meaning and history of all of her 167 quilt charts; and a study of military collectible textiles sold to
servicemen during World War I, World War II, and the years of the Civilian Conservation Camps:
Sweetheart & Mother Pillows (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2011). She also wrote a highly-acclaimed and
widely-used book about quilt care, Straight Talk about Quilt Care, as well as other books.
Sweetheart & Mother Pillows is a book written by Patricia Cummings
(PA: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2011).
Patricia Cummings is a former Regional Coordinator of the American Quilt Study Group and a current
member. She is a member of the American Quilter's Society, Embroiderer's Guild of America as a
member-at-large, The National Quilting Association, The New Hampshire State Quilter's Association, The
Appliqué Society, Colonial Williamsburg, Smithsonian Institution, the New Hampshire Historical Society,
and The Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire. She has contributed to many other
museums and quilt groups over the years.
James Cummings in a photo taken while hiking in the White Mountains, 2011
James Cummings serves as the official photographer for Quilter's Muse Publications. His photos have been
featured in hundreds of articles and books. "Jim" loves to read, especially books about history. Although he
first began studying Botany and Forestry at the University of NH, before being called into the U.S.
Army,most of his academic training is in Behavioral Science. He has spent s lifetime working in various
public and private institutions that provide human services. At home, he gardens, does woodworking, and
loves to cook, He shares cooking and gardening tips on his blog, "Vintage Cookery."
Although we have both lived elsewhere, we love living in New England where we enjoy its natural beauty,
the change of seasons, and the rich history of the area.
2014. Patricia and James Cummings, Quilter's Muse Publications, Concord, NH. email@example.com