The names Pilgrim and Roy have gained international recognition in the quilting world. Paul and Gerald started working with antique quilts in the early 1960s when their interior decorating business prompted them to purchase antique quilts for clients. Each having a strong background 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 and show and 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 (AQS). They helped establish guidelines for this certification program, the only one of its kind. The duo also designed the interior of the The National Quilt Museum (NQM). They co-curated exhibits for NQM and co-authored quilting publications, including The Log Cabin Returns to Kentucky (Collectors Books, 1992) and Quilts: Old and New-A Similar View (AQS, 1993) -the catalogs of these two exhibits, plus many more.