April Showers Bring May Flower Baskets

This week’s Cruise & Use activity on The Quilt Index features flower-themed patterns. To start my cruising adventure, I went to the  Browse by Pattern Page where I chose Flower Basket. Initially my browse returned this happy grid view of 325 records:

Then I narrowed down my search by selecting six quilts to compare.

Next, I clicked on the View Record link under each record’s image to view the Basic record view for each quilt. Click on the images below to find out more about each quilt.

Tip: you can easily generate a citation for any image documented in The Quilt Index by clicking on the How to Cite This Record link at the bottom of each record’s basic or full display page. You can then copy and paste the citation, as I’ve done with images below.

Oliver, Nina. Flower Basket. From Louisiana Regional Folklife Program, Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=1B-3A-8C3. Accessed: 05/4/2015

Maker, unknown. Friendship Quilt. 1857-2011. From Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project – MassQuilts, MassQuilts. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=1D-FC-1150. Accessed: 05/4/2015

Menzies, Sylvia Idella. Flower Basket. c1900. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=1E-3D-F8. Accessed: 05/4/2015

Wakeman, Jennie. Flower Basket. 1860-1890. From State Historical Society of Iowa, IQRP . Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=18-36-197. Accessed: 05/4/2015

Flower Basket. (Maker not recorded). 1860-1875. From Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin, Winedale Quilt Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=4F-88-6. Accessed: 05/4/2015

Stanley, Lura. Flower Basket quilt, old. September 29, 1978. From American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=22-42-104. Accessed: 05/4/2015

Take your own Browse by Pattern adventure on The Quilt Index today!

Click on each image to view these quilts on The Quilt Index to read more about their history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about each quilt.


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1933 Sears Quilt Contest Entries Documented in The Quilt Index

While doing a Cruise & Use tour of the browsing categories in The Quilt Index this week, I came across one of my favorite quilt collections documented in the Index–the Waldvogel Archival Collection. This is one of the first private collections contributed to The Quilt Index and currently includes 86 records of quilts and quilt-related ephemera. From the collection description page:

Merikay Waldvogel has collected and researched quilts since the mid 1970s. Although she has also written about older quilts, her primary interests are in the 20th century: the 1933 Sears Quilt Contest, Depression Era Quilts, as well as quilt designers, authors and companies that propelled the 20th century quilt styles.

 

Waldvogel became an outspoken advocate for saving quilt ephemera such as quilt catalogs, newspaper columns, batting wrappers, advertisements, contest fliers, etc. when she wrote Soft Covers for Hard Times: Quiltmaking and the Great Depression and Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. The ephemera served as reliable primary sources to authenticate the quilts she was researching.

I found 8 stunning quilts from the Waldvogel Archival Collection, all entries for the Sears Quilt Contest at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, to share with you today. You can find these quilts and more Challenge or Contest Entry quilts by browsing the Index by Purpose/Function.

Tip: you can easily generate a citation for any image documented in The Quilt Index by clicking on the How to Cite This Record link at the bottom of each record’s basic or full display page. Just click this link and copy and paste the citation, as I’ve done with images below.

Longsworth, Jeannette Morgan. Nineteen Hundred Thirty Three. 1933. From Waldvogel Archival Collection, Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=5B-9D-E. Accessed: 04/29/2015

Matthews, Edith Morrow. The Spectrum. 1933. From Waldvogel Archival Collection, Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=5B-9D-C. Accessed: 04/29/2015

Rowley, Richard Henry. Bird’s Eye View of the Chicago World’s Fair. 1933. From Waldvogel Archival Collection, Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=5B-9D-28. Accessed: 04/29/2015

Fitzgerald, Mary O’Halloran. Fort Dearborn Quilt (Green Merit Ribbon). 1933. From Waldvogel Archival Collection, Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=5B-9D-1F. Accessed: 04/29/2015

Wiegand, Elizabeth M.. I Will. From Waldvogel Archival Collection, Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=5B-9D-1A. Accessed: 04/29/2015

Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Skelly. Transportation Quilt (Commemorative Quilt-Green Merit Ribbon). 1933. From Waldvogel Archival Collection, Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=5B-9D-19. Accessed: 04/29/2015

Andres, Emma Mary Martha. Woman Spinning (Green Merit Ribbon). 1933. From Waldvogel Archival Collection, Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=5B-9D-17. Accessed: 04/29/2015

Wetzel, Olive Thomas. State of Illinois (Commemorative Contest Category). 1933. From Waldvogel Archival Collection, Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=5B-9D-15. Accessed: 04/29/2015

To start your browsing journey, visit the home page of The Quilt Index, www.QuiltIndex.org, locate the Browse menu at the top and click on Main. You’ll find six different options for browsing:

Click on each image to view these quilts on The Quilt Index to read more about their history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about each quilt.


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Contest Quilts Documented in The Quilt Index

I’d like to continue our Cruise & Use tour of the browsing categories in The Quilt Index this week.

To start your browsing journey, visit the home page of The Quilt Index, www.QuiltIndex.org, locate the Browse menu at the top and click on Main. You’ll find six different options for browsing:

 

This week we’re going to Browse by Purpose/Functon and today’s topic is Challenge or Contest Entry.

 

Here are two of my favs from this category, both entries for the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, Illinois. Tell us your top picks here on the blog or via the Quilt Index Facebook page.

Tip: you can easily generate a citation for any image documented in The Quilt Index by clicking on the How to Cite This Record link at the bottom of each record’s basic or full display page. Just click this link and copy and paste the citation, as I’ve done with images below.

 

Billick, Helen E.. World’s Fair Building. 1933. From Illinois State Museum, . Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=16-33-159. Accessed: 04/27/2015

 

Carpenter, Lillie Belle Shaffer. Rising Sun. 1933. From Waldvogel Archival Collection, Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=5B-9D-4. Accessed: 04/27/2015

Click on each image to view these quilts on The Quilt Index to read more about their history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about each quilt.


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Browse the Quilt Index: Doll Quilts/Toys

Whether you are new to the Quilt Index or a passionate power user, this week I’d like to introduce you to a few of the browsing categories set up by Quilt Index staffers.

To start your browsing journey, visit the home page of The Quilt Index, www.QuiltIndex.org, locate the Browse menu at the top and click on Main. You’ll find six different options for browsing:

 

This week we’re going to Browse by Purpose/Functon and today’s topic is Doll Quilt/Toy.

 

Here are five of my favs from this category. Tell us your top picks here on the blog or via the Quilt Index Facebook page.

Tip: you can easily generate a citation for any image documented in The Quilt Index by clicking on the How to Cite This Record link at the bottom of each record’s basic or full display page. Just click this link and copy and paste the citation, as I’ve done with images below.

Log Cabin; String. (Maker not recorded). 1900 – 1930. From Mountain Heritage Center, Southern Appalachian Quilts. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=1F-3E-4. Accessed: 04/23/2015

 

Read, Jennie. Around the World. ca. 1930. From University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Quilt Documentation Project. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=4D-85-18D. Accessed: 04/23/2015

 

Simonsen, Anna Umbreit. Whole cloth doll quilt. Circa 1880. From Wisconsin Quilt History Project, . Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=42-75-238. Accessed: 04/23/2015

 

Duck and Ducklings. (Maker not recorded). From State Historical Society of Iowa, Mary Barton Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=18-36-72. Accessed: 04/23/2015

 

Gasperik, Mary. What Are Little Girls Made Of?. 1940. From Gasperik Collection, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=48-7C-4C. Accessed: 04/23/2015

 

Click on each image to view these quilts on The Quilt Index to read more about their history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about each quilt.


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Browse the Quilt Index: Quilts made for Gifts or Presentations

Whether you are new to the Quilt Index or a passionate power user, this week I’d like to introduce you to a few of the browsing categories set up by Quilt Index staffers.

To start your browsing journey, visit the home page of The Quilt Index, www.QuiltIndex.org, locate the Browse menu at the top and click on Main. You’ll find six different options for browsing:

 

This week we’re going to Browse by Purpose/Functon and today’s topic is Gift or Presentation.

 

Here are three of my favs from this category. Tell us your top picks here on the blog or via the Quilt Index Facebook page.

Tip: you can easily generate a citation for any image documented in The Quilt Index by clicking on the How to Cite This Record link at the bottom of each record’s basic or full display page. Just click this link and copy and paste the citation, as I’ve done with images below.

 

Blutt, Barbara. Christmas Tree Skirt. 2004. From Arizona Quilt Documentation Project, . Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=67-EC-2A. Accessed: 04/22/2015

 

Wilkens, Katherine G.. Big Sleep. 2001. From Louisiana Regional Folklife Program, Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=1B-3A-197. Accessed: 04/22/2015

 

Jannausch, Betty Evelyn. 3-D Dahlia. 4/18/ 1985. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=1E-3D-BDD. Accessed: 04/22/2015

Click on each image to view these quilts on The Quilt Index to read more about their history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about each quilt.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

Browse the Quilt Index: Art or Personal Expression

Whether you are new to the Quilt Index or a passionate power user, this week I’d like to introduce you to a few of the browsing categories set up by Quilt Index staffers.

To start your browsing journey, visit the home page of The Quilt Index, www.QuiltIndex.org, locate the Browse menu at the top and click on Main. You’ll find six different options for browsing:

 

This week we’re going to Browse by Purpose/Functon and today’s topic is Art or personal expression.

 

Here are my top five favs from this category. Tell us your top picks here on the blog or via the Quilt Index Facebook page.

Tip: you can easily generate a citation for any image documented in The Quilt Index by clicking on the How to Cite This Record link at the bottom of each record’s basic or full display page. Just click this link and copy and paste the citation, as I’ve done with images below.

 

Kniffen, Joan Anna Hron. Pueblo Maiden. 1991. From Wyoming Quilt Project, Inc., Wyoming Quilt Project, Inc.. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=51-8C-394. Accessed: 04/20/2015

 

Schwabe, Alison. Ora Banda. 1992. From Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, RMQM Permanent Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=4E-86-11A. Accessed: 04/20/2015

 

Gasperik, Mary. Tree of Life. 1942. From Gasperik Collection, Mary Gasperik Private Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=48-7C-49. Accessed: 04/20/2015

 

Wahrmund, Peggy Stieler. Country Cousins Quilt. 1985. From Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin, Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association, Texas Quilt Search. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=4F-88-170. Accessed: 04/20/2015

 

Estava, Denise . Bel peyizan lakay. 10/9/2010. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan State University Museum Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=1E-3D-24F6. Accessed: 04/20/2015

Click on each image to view these quilts on The Quilt Index to read more about their history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about each quilt.


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Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

Q.S.O.S. Spotlight

Usually we focus our Q.S.O.S. Spotlight posts on interviews from the Q.S.O.S. archive (hence the name!). But we’ve just posted a fresh batch of our Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! interviews (short 3 minute video interviews with one person talking about one quilt) and wanted to share a few with you!

First, an interview with Australian quilt and fabric designer Lynette Anderson. I love this interview for the unexpected childhood backstory of the name of the center panel in her quilt:

Next, a pair of interviews about a stunning red and white quilt exhibited at the International Quilt Festival’s Ruby Jubilee exhibit. The quilt was made as a tribute to Joanna Rose, from whose collection more than 600 red and white quilts were shown in the 2011 Infinite Variety show in New York City. Hear Andrea Murray and Deborah Semel Bingham tell the story of this amazing collaborative quilt:

And finally, an interview with a young but accomplished quilter, Karlee Porter. Did you catch how many Swarovski crystals Karlee added by hand to this quilt?!

These interviews (and 180+ more) are available to view on the Quilt Alliance’s YouTube channel. At only three minutes long, they’re a quick way to hear the stories of quilters and quilt lovers from every corner of the quilt world. What’s your favorite Go Tell It video you’ve seen so far? Let us know in the comments!