Arlan & Pat Christ

Arlan and Pat Christ live in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  Arlan is a tax accountant with his office located in Kutztown, PA.  The Christs continue to collect and study quilts while documenting their historical importance.  Retrieving knowledge to secure the heritage of antique quilts has become the prime objective of The Christ Collection.

The Christs have publications representing quilts in their collection.  Their collection is also represented by quilt patterns that have been developed.

Arlan and Pat are members of the Lehigh Valley Quilt Study Group, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Study Group, Midwest Fabric Study Group, American Quilt Study Group, Quilter’s Hall of Fame, and Baltimore Appliqué Society.

They have curated numerous exhibits including Quilt Odyssey, Hershey, PA…Airing of the Quilts, Tunkhannock, PA…New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA…Quilters Hall of Fame, Marion, IN…Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA…Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex Junction, VT…Muncy Historical Society, Muncy, PA…the National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY…American Quilters Society, Paducah, KY and Grand Rapids MI.  Arlan and Pat Christ want to preserve the legacy of quilts from past generations by providing lectures on the history that surrounds the art of quilting.



"Uniquely Pennsylvania German" -The Valley Quilts

This exhibit will showcase late 19th century and early 20th century German quilts from southeastern Pennsylvania.   We often hear a phrase “this quilt is probably from Pennsylvania”. You will have a better understanding why this reference is made while studying the Christ’s exhibit of Pennsylvania German quilts from eastern Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania had a vastly diverse immigration of immigrant groups in the late 17th Century into the mid-18th Century.  The largest of these groups were the German speaking immigrants from Europe.  Pennsylvania’s ridge and valleys reminded these settlers of their homeland, so they settled in the various “Valleys” of Eastern Pennsylvania.

The Germans early choice of bedcover was a woven coverlet.  By mid-19th century the Germans started making quilts, which replaced the coverlet.  Quilt documentations recently discovered that regional quilt designs were being found, depending on what “valley “they originate from.  The most recognized style of these early German quilts is their bold use of color.  This exhibit explores the regionalism and use of color that makes these quilts and coverlets uniquely Pennsylvania German.

July 21 - 22, 2022, 9am - 5pm

July 23, 2022, 9am - 3pm

Marion Public Library, Carnegie Room