Friday, March 14, 2014

Remembering Ricky Clark

Red and Green Quilt
from the cover of Quilters Newsletter

Ricky Clark

Ricky Clark died recently in Oberlin, Ohio. She was a quilt scholar who did much to move quilt history from imaginary tales of pioneer women to research based on geography, culture, genealogy and style.

She was the lead author on the Ohio Quilt Project book,
one of the best of the project books.
She specialized in Ohio quilts and red and green applique.

Quilted Gardens: Floral Quilts of the Nineteenth Century 

The best way to celebrate her life might be with some "quilted gardens," a small show of red and green florals
from various online auction quilts.

See an obituary here:


  1. Oh I am so sorry to hear about Ricky. What a special lady. She was so helpful to me in my early years on the board of AQSG. She was a great force in the quilt and quilt history world and she will be missed. Thank you for your tribute, Barbara.

  2. It is wonderful to have these women share their vast knowledge. What a tribute!

  3. Wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman. I have seen a few books on ohio quilts and have never noticed who wrote them, guess I should pay more attention to the people who have bought us so much knowledge and opened our eyes to antique quilts in America.


  4. Thanks for sharing the sad news and the wonderful tribute. She left a wonderful legacy of knowledge to all of us in the quilt community.

  5. Thank you for sharing a beautiful tribute. I wish I had known her.