In Memory of Ruth Culver

Founder Guild member, Ruth Culver died on December 16, 2013 at the Golden Hill Health Care Center.

As a child, Ruth had learned traditional quilting from her mother for purely utilitarian reasons. Years later, when an Ulster Community College instructor learned that she knew how to quilt, he convinced her to teach a course on quilt making there. She constructed the curriculum, and started teaching the course in 1973. The now famous Ulster County Bicentennial Quilt that she coordinated still hangs in the college. Contributors to this project became the nucleus of the Wiltwyck Quilters’ Guild, which she founded in 1977.

Ruth wrote two books, How to Teach Basic Quilt-Making for the American Quilters Association and How to Hold a Quilt Show . As a teacher and a codifier Ruth’s influence was felt nationally as well as locally. For these reasons she was made a charter member of the Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame in 1982.

Predeceased by her husband, Charles, and daughter, Veronica. She is survived by sons Michael Culver and wife Linda, Bob Dylan, and William Culver and wife, Kathy. She had 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.