Cuesta Benberry’s Collections on Exhibit at Michigan State University Museum December 6 – September 5, 2010

Michigan State University Museum’s exhibit in East Lansing:   “Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American Quilt Scholar”  runs in the MSU Museum’s Heritage Gallery from  December 6, 2009 – September 5, 2010 before it begins a national tour.

For information about the Museum’s  location and hours:

Pennsylvania’s “Quilts in the Mansion II” Exhibit in Churchtown, “Layers: Chester County Quilts #3,” Along With New AQS Lancaster Show

If you are starting to make your plans to attend the new AQS Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,   March 24 – 27, 2010,  you may want to plan to include two other exhibits in the area that are on during that time.   They are:

“Quilts In The Mansion II”  is the second exhibit of a collection of  50 antique quilts dating from the 1800s to 1950 at Historic Poole Forge in Churchtown, Pennsylvania.  The quilts can be viewed Monday, March 22,  through  Saturday, March 27, 2010.   The new American Quilter’s Society show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,  will be held while the “Quilts in the Mansion II” exhibit is on.

While the website has no information about the “Quilts in the Mansion”  show, you can see a  picture of the mansion and get other information about the site —



While in the area, you can see this plus  a special quilt exhibit at the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum (in addition to their Amish quilt exhibit), and  “Layers Chester County Quilts # 3”  at the Chester County Historical Society.

For more info, the historical society’s web site is:
This is the third rotation of antique quilts that is set for February 25 through September 11, 2010.  About 50 quilts will be shown.   Currently, the info available is at

A lot is going on during that time!



American Quilt Study Group’s Itty Bitty Auction Begins November 30, 2009

The AQSG’s  (American Quilt  Study Group) Itty Bitty Auction of 22  small quilts will be in two parts. Week one is from November 30 – December 6, 2009.

The first part is the week between November 30th and December 6th (Monday through Sunday).  Go to this site for part one quilts:

then to  place a bid go to eBay

For part two, which starts Monday, December  7 – Sunday, the 13th, go to:

then to  place a bid go to eBay


Constructed by Xenia Cord and hand quilted by Linda Pumphrey.

“Going for the Gold”

Photo is AQSG’s.

Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s Permanent Collection of Local Amish Quilts

The Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has a permanent exhibit of local Amish  quilts dated between the 1870’s and 1940’s.   This collection was the former Esprit Collection.

During the AQS Show in Lancaster in March, there will be a special quilt exhibit at the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum.

“Quiltmaking Through the War Years 1941-1945” on Exhibit Trhough December 15, 2009 at National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky

The ” Quiltmaking through the War Years 1941-1945″ exhibit is on   through December 15, 2009, at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.  The quilt collection, curated by Sue Reich, is  of more than 30 World War II quilts. For more info:


Wings Over All

Photo is the Museum’s.

Honoring Fort Hood Families Who Lost Loved Ones With Quilt Blocks, Tops, or Quilts

You are invited to make a quilt block, top, or quilt to honor  the families who lost loved ones in the tragedy at Ft Hood.   I found this venue today, Splinters & Threads, which is a quilt shop in Merkel, Texas.

They gave me permission to copy and paste their page to mine, so that we can get the word out to more people.

We are making quilts for the families of the soldiers lost at Fort Hood Nov 5, 2009 as well as the police officer that took down the shooter.  Here are signature quilt ideas.  Blocks must be 6 1/2 inch blocks (6″ finished size).  Please make them red, white, and blue. Sign your name and state and a note if you would like.  If you are a military Vet or active duty, please include your rank and branch of service on the blocks.  I would like to have these by the first week in December 1, 2009 so that we can get them quilted and to the families for Christmas this year.

The blocks need to be here by Dec 1.  Tops can be here by Dec 7.  Finished quilts by Dec 15.

If you do embroidery only we welcome you to send patriotic designs and /or your name stitched on white fabric.  Please trim to 6 1/2″ square and don’t forget your signature.

If you do not quilt or embroider, please sign a piece of white fabric square 6 1/2″ to 7″ with a sharpie pen.  Keep your signature near the center of the fabric so that fabric can be sewn around it.

Please send blocks or finished quilts to:

Gina Reddin    185 CR 414      Merkel, TX 79536   email:

Other options:

The following is a list of those lost at Fort Hood:

Spc. Kham Xiong, St. Paul, Minnesota – 23 – father of 3

Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman, Havre De Grace, Maryland – 55 –             2 daughters, 6 grandchildren

Pvt. Francheska Velez, Chicago, Illinois – 21 – with child when she died

Capt. Russell Seager, Racine, Wisconsin – 51

Pfc. Michael Pearson, Bolingbrook, Illinois – 22

Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, West Jordan, Utah – 19

Sgt. Amy Krueger, Kiel, Wisconsin – 29

Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, Tipton, Oklahoma – 22

Spc. Frederick Greene, Mountain City, Tennessee – 29

Capt. John Gaffaney, San Diego, California – 56 – 1 son

Army Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow, Plymouth, Indiana – 1 daughter

Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo, Woodbridge, Virginia – 52

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Grant Cahill (Ret.), Cameron, Texas – 62 – 3 children, 1 grandchild

You can read more about each soldier here:

There is also info about this on this blog:

Links to Quilt Care & Quilt History Info

This site lists links for quilt care and quilt history information:

It is on the Professional Appraisers – Quilted Textiles web site:

Tips on Buying an Antique Quilt & Caring for an Antique Quilt – From the International Quilt Festival

These two videos are from the International Quilt Festival, Houston, 2009.  They are about buying and anitique quilt and caring for an antique quilt.  The presenters are: Mary Koval and Jane Lury.

“A Stitch in Time: Quilts From the Collection of the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich,” in Cos Cob, Connecticut, March 2 – June 13, 2010

“A Stitch in Time: Quilts from the Collection of The Historical Society of the
Town of Greenwich,” will run from March 2, 2010 to June 13, 2010 and will appear in both the museum gallery and Bush-Holley House.  The quilts date from the early to late 1800’s.

“A Stitch in Time” is the first showing of The Historical Society’s quilt
collection quilts on display.

The Greenwich Historical Society is located at 39 Strickland Road in Cos Cob, Connecticut  and features the circa 1730 National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House, home  of Connecticut’s first art colony.

For more info, go to:

The site for the Bush-Holley House is:

Photo is the Museum’s.

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Amish Quilt Exhibit Now through April 18, 2010, at South Dakota Art Museum


The South Dakota Art Museum will display a colorful quilting exhibit titled, “The Collector’s Eye: Amish Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center” now  showing in two parts through April 18, 2010.

The exhibit will be broken into two parts with a gallery change scheduled Dec. 7. The collection of 30 quilts is on loan from the International Quilt Study Center, on the campus of the University of Nebraska. “The Collector’s Eye” exhibition includes quilts from three distinct Amish regions —Lancaster and Mifflin Counties in Pennsylvania and various Amish communities throughout Indiana, Ohio and surrounding Midwest states.

For additional info:

Video From International Quilt Festival 2009

This video shows some of the quilts from the antique quilts exhibit as well as the Fabric Forest , and the Indigos of China Exhibits at the 2009 International Quilt Festival in Houston last month.