Grand Rapids 2019
The names Pilgrim and Roy are internationally recognized in the quilting world. Paul Pilgrim and Gerald E. Roy started working with antique quilts in the early 1960s when their interior decorating business prompted them to purchase antique quilts for clients. With strong backgrounds in the fine arts, they also began collecting quilts solely for their aesthetic value. Today, the Pilgrim/Roy collection is composed of 2,500 quilts for sale, plus quilt-related objects, including fabrics and all kinds of antique sewing tools.
Paul and Gerald were among the first board members of the Quilt Appraisal Program of the American Quilter’s Society. Gerald is the administrator of the program. Along with Paul, he helped establish guidelines for the certification program, the only one of its kind. The duo also designed the interior of The National Quilt Museum. Gerald Roy is an art teacher, painter, quiltmaker, and author. He serves on the acquisitions board for the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, and on the National Advisory Board and Executive Board of Directors for The National Quilt Museum. See more at pilgrimroy.com.