On this day in 1939, twin sisters Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer and Pauline Esther Friedman Phillips (columnists who wrote as Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren or Dear Abby) were married in a double-wedding ceremony two days from their birthday. The twins were born in 1918 to Russian Jewish immigrants who settled in Sioux City Iowa and owned a chain of movie theaters.

There are three examples of the Twin Sisters block pattern in the Quilt Index. This one, made in 1910 by Lettie Effie Riggleman of West Virginia, is 48” x 46”, and was both machine and hand pieced and tied or tufted. This quilt was documented in 1992 during the West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search by the family member who inherited it.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance