Maria Cadman Hubbard included her name, her age (79), and the date (1848) alongside the biblical and secular sayings on this quilt and thereby provided clues that made it possible to locate her family almost 150 years after she had stitched her bedcover. Although the quilt had formerly been attributed to New England, it now is believed that Hubbard was a member of the Cadman family living in Austerlitz, Columbia County, New York, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A number of other mid-nineteenth-century quilts featuring a similar style of pieced lettering also have New York State provenances and may represent a regional tradition.
Elizabeth V. Warren, "Pieties Quilt," exhibition label for QUILTS: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum. Elizabeth V. Warren, curator. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2010.