A Bergen County Quilter

Florence Peto lived in Bergen County from 1940 until the end of her life in 1970. She was born Florence Cowdin in Brooklyn in 1881. In 1900 she married Joseph Peto and they had two children. In the 1920's she started lecturing on quilts at exhibits and teas. She collected vintage fabric and old quilts and made quilts from old fabrics. About 1940 she moved to Sussex Road in Teaneck, Bergen County, New Jersey, and moved to Country Club Road in Tenafly in 1951.

Florence Peto (Quilters Hall of Fame) Calico Garden by Florence Peto (pattern from Hoopla)

In 1939 she published Historic Quilts and a decade later followed it with American Quilts and Coverlets.

Peto helped build quilt collections in major American Museums including the Newark Museum and the Shelburne. In 1980 Peto was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame. Quiltmakers and quilt historians owe a debt of gratitude to her for setting a good foundation for the new generation of women who started quilting and studying quilting in the 1970s.

For more information:

Museum of Fine Arts Boston: Pot of Flowers with Wild Geese

"Florence Peto: 1980 Inductee" Quilters Hall of Fame

A Passion for Quilts: The Story of Florence Peto, 1881-1970. Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey, 2011 (check your library or a quilting friend)

Peggy W. Norris

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