Saturday, June 30, 2012

Civil War Era Quilt Exhibit in Chicago

Civil War Era Quilts from the Illinois State Museum

is on exhibit at the The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery
From June 18-September 14, 2012

The gallery at 100 West Randolph, downtown, is open only Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, (closed state holidays.) The Gallery is free and wheelchair-accessible.
Quilt made in Jerseyville, Illinois
 Curator Angela Goebel-Bain Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts has selected 18 quilts from the Illinois State Museum's extensive collection. Highlights:
  • An album quilt made by a close neighbor of Abraham Lincoln and includes the names of Springfield women surrounding the Lincolns.

  • A quilt that a wounded Civil War veteran helped his wife create after the war.

  • A quilt made by a soldier's wife from Effingham whose son also volunteered when he came of age.

  • Quilts made by mothers and sisters of soldiers

  • A quilt made by a Jerseyville, Illinois, woman for her granddaughter in Tennessee, whose father was a Confederate officer

  • Quilts representing the array of popular quilt styles of the Civil War period, including five outstanding appliqué quilts from a young Pennsylvania woman's dowry.

Click here for more information

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Homefront & Battlefield Exhibit in Lowell

Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War
is opening at the American Textile History Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts, this weekend.
The show will be up from June 30, 2012 – November 25, 2012

The exhibit is curated by Madelyn Shaw and Lynne Bassett.
From the ATHM website:
Homefront & Battlefield will use quilts, textiles, clothing, and other artifacts to connect deeply moving and insightful personal stories (private memory) about the war, its causes, and its aftermath with the broader national context (public history). Textiles were integral to the Civil War—physically, economically, ideologically, and emotionally—and linked soldiers and civilians. The exhibition and book build on recent scholarship in social and economic history to tell of the events that led to the war, the stories of men and women affected by the Civil War, and the opportunities and challenges that followed it.

The curators will be giving a talk and signing books on
Sunday, September 16, 2012
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The catalog, published by ATHM, has been scheduled for publication June 1, 2012. Look for  Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War by Madelyn Shaw and Lynne Zacek Bassett.    
See the ATHM website here:


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Setting Ideas

More ideas on sets. 2004 was the 150th anniversary of our town's founding so Mary, Joyce and I worked on this sampler of 9 blocks. No pattern---they are cleverer than I.

The two authors I go to when I am looking for setting inspirations are Sharyn Craig

Here's one of her ideas.

And Margaret J. Miller

This one's from a Jennifer Chiaverini sampler

And this one for the Civil War blocks is from RCCheryl.

I'm not going to post every Saturday---but I will do an occasional Saturday post. I'll leave the patterns up here, so you can access them by scrolling backwards in time.

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I'm working on blocks and posts for the Grandmother's Choice blog on the fight for women's rights and I'll let you know when I start the posts there too.