|My Quilt Hanging at Seminar|
What's an AQSG study quilt? Click HERE to read to the guidelines.
With permission, I am adopting an idea from Racheldaisy, of Blue Mountain Daisy's blog.
Here's where you can help!
If you visit a venue where my quilt is on display, will you take some pictures and email them to me? I am making a journal to go with my quilt. It can be whatever inspires you! You with the quilt, my quilt next to other quilts, the building etc...feel free to be creative.
From the first stitch of the quilt, to the time it arrives back home it will be a six year journey!
Exhibit Travel Schedule:
|Quilt on my wall before Milwaukee|
- February to June of 2015
Monroe County History Center, Bloomington IN
- July 1 to October 2015
New England Quilt Museum
- November 2015 to March 1, 2016
Virginia Quilt Museum
- March 11-13, 2016
The Dallas Quilt Show
- April 1 to July 30, 2016
Quilter's Hall of Fame, Marion, Indiana
- September 15 to December 15, 2016
Northern Michigan University, DeVos Art Museum
- December 20 to February 20, 2017
Baldwin Reynolds House Museum, Meadville, PA
- March 1 to May 31, 2017
Gilbert Historical Museum, Gilbert AZ
- June 2017 to October 20, 2017
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Boulder, CO
- November 1 to February 28, 2018
Sheerer Museum of Stillwater, Stillwater, OK
- June 1 to August, 2018
La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, LaConner, WA
|Antique Inspiration Quilt|
My inspiration quilt was chosen because it had a patriotic theme for the 1850-1865 time period. By current judged quilt show standards it also has an unusual layout. The unique setting with the central flag appealed to me.
I was fortunate the owner of the quilt, Jeananne Wright, generously allowed me to borrow the treasured original. I took close up photographs of the quilt including each star, the flag, binding and backing. On the photos I added observational notes on thread, fabric and stitching.
In designing my reproduction I reduced the size to fit within the study guidelines and to have a wall size quilt. It was important to me that I used the same layout as the original and incorporated what we might consider mistakes using today’s aesthetic quilt standards. The layout includes omitted sashing, partial stars and cut off star points. In executing the design I stitched the entire quilt by hand as the original maker did. I used 100% cotton fabric, batting, light and dark thread to replicate the materials of the time.
The quilts central flag design inspired me to research the use of flags in American history. The American flag was changing during the study period (1850-1865) with the split between the north and south as well as the admission of new states to the union. Patriotism ran high during the Civil War. Numerous military flags were used in the civil war in both the north and the south. There were numerous flags for infantry, cavalry, and artillery regiments and battalions. The navy also used multiple national flag styles. Brigades, divisions and corps also carried designation flags. In some cases flags were homemade and presented to the military companies. Flags were protected by a color guard of a regiment’s most experienced noncommissioned officers. A flag was also a rallying point in the confusion of battle.
|Stars on the original quilt|
Flags are enormously important in the history of our nation. Seeing the stars and stripes in any form evokes strong emotion and sentiment. The maker of the inspiration quilt identified with a particular flag design that was important to capture and preserve in a quilt. Imagine the anonymous makers surprise if he/she could see it now."
It is a stunning exhibit and I didn't have nearly enough time to see it in Milwaukee. I am hoping to catch it at least once as it travels, I hope you can too.