Kent State University Museum’s Civil War Exhibit: “On the Home Front: Civil War Fashions and Domestic Life” through August 26, 2012, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio


Elizabeth Keckley’s Mary Todd Lincoln quilt
Courtesy of Kent State Fashion Museum

Kent State University Museum has a civil war exhibit: “On the Home Front: Civil War Fashions and Domestic Life” now through August 26, 2012, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The exhibit includes garments of the time as well as accessories, photos, decorative art, women’s magazines, and Elizabeth Keckley’s Mary Todd Lincoln quilt that she made from leftover fabrics from Mary Todd Lincoln’s dresses.

Elizabeth Keckley was a former slave who was Mrs. Lincoln’s dressmaker, and Mrs. Keckley became Mrs. Lincoln’s  confidant. 


Courtesy of Kent State Fashion Museum

More info:

http://kentwired. com/kent- state-museum- to-exhibit- civil-war- fashions- mary-todd- lincoln-quilt/

Bedturning of Jean & Bill Lyle’s Quilts

February 22, 2012

If you like bedturnings, here is one with Jean and Bill Lyle’s beautiful antique quilts that is sponsored by The American Quilter’s Society at:  and here:

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, January 2012, Tokyo, Japan

This is the largest quilt show in the world.  It’s an annual January event held in Tokyo, Japan.
There are more than two hundred sixty-nine photos at this flickr site:
of quilts, overall and details from the exhibit, where you can click on any thumbnail to see the larger photo.
The flickr site  is B*mused.

Elizabeth Richardson Collection Exhibit opens February 24, 2012, in new Richardson Quilt Gallery, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Mariner's Compass Quilt

The new Elizabeth Richardson Quilt Gallery is opening February 24, 2012, to host the  Elizabeth Richardson Collection, which are  quilts  from the late 1930s through the late 1950s. It includes 13 quilts and 26 historic textile samples, as well as photos of quilts from that time and other memorabilia.     In addiition to featuring quilts and textiles from the Richardson Collection, the opening of the Richardson Gallery will showcase 15 variations of star pattern quilts that were selected from other parts of the Kentucky Museum Quilt Collection.

The Gallery, along with the permanent Elizabeth Richardson Collection, will have exhibits with a rotating selection of quilts and textiles.

“Hawaiian Quilts: God in Expression” on Exhibit February 17 – August 2, 2012, Avenir Museum, Fort Collins, Colorado

February 11, 2012

Hawaiian Quilt


Photos are the Museum’s.

Colorado State University’s Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising will feature “Hawaiian Quilts: God in Expression” from February 17 through August 2, 2012. The free exhibition features Hawaiian quilts from the Henry and Angela Hite Collection.

Guest curator Elizabeth Akana will offer a free lecture about the history of Hawaiian quilts. She will also discuss and showcase quilts from her private collection not featured in the exhibition. Check  the web site for more info:

Originally brought to the islands by New England missionaries, Hawaiian appliqué quilts are unique for their “snowflake” designs.

You don’t have to go to Hawaii to see some fabulous Hawaiian quilts!

Excellent Tutorials about Texture Magic, Machine Trapunto, and Free Motion Quilting Techniques

February 7, 2012

For great tutorials using a domestic sewing machine, of  Texture Magic, there are three at :

There are also two tutorials about machine trapunto, four on beginning free motion machine quilting techniques, and two on intermediate free motion quilting techniques using a domestic sewing machine.  Patsy Thompson does the tutorials and they are free to watch.

The second video about beginning free motion techniques, gives excellent info about using basting spray and spray basting the three quilt layers together using a design wall rather than getting on one’s hands and knees to baste.  I was impressed!  Patsy Thompson is an excellent teacher!

Slide Presentation of Quilts from Road to California 2012 Show

February 4, 2012

Here is a Smilebox presentation of quilts from the Road to California Show that was held in January.  The Quilt Show put on the Smilebox slideshow.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“Quilts in Color” at Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha, Wisconsin, through March 25, 2012

February 2, 2012Reflections_Schneider Barbara Schneider – “Detail, Reflections, var. 16”

Photo is the Arts Center’s.

Quilts in Color is an invitational exhibition displaying the work of  Ann Fahl, Rhonda Rodero, Melody Johnson, Marcia Stein, Barbara J. Schneider, Gloria Hansen.

For more info: