Soft Geography

On this day in 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C. for “the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.”

Rosabeth Schupack of Grand Blanc, Michigan made this hand appliqued and quilted wall hanging, titled “National Geographic,” in 1981. Schupack documented her quilt as part of the (still ongoing) Michigan Quilt Project in 1987. Schupack’s comments are included in this Quilt Index record: “Gives quilts to friends first grandchild, some relatives marriages or babies. Originally because I enjoy sewing and ‘making things.’ … I found that all artistic values in painting, decoupage, needlepoint, etc. are available to and enhanced in quilting.”

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its 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 that quilt.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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About quiltalliance

The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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