A Quilter's Crest
Since many organizations have a coat-of-arms or crest, Thorpe felt the quilt world should have its own. She designed a coat-of-arms for quilters titled "A Quilter's Crest." The design incorporates all of the components of an offical coat-of-arms but adapted to the art of quilting. The "charges" on the shield represent some of the tools of the trade, i.e. pins, thread, scissors, and also the hazards of the trade, drops of blood or "gouttes de sang." The motto on the scroll is Latin for "Always Quilting."