“Lincoln in Quilts: Log Cabins, Flags and Roses” Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana until February 19, 2018

November 4, 2017

Lincoln in Quilts: Log Cabins, Flags and Roses is at Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana until February 19, 2018.    See some wonderful quilts drawn from several institutions, all in one place. The exhibit evolved because a spectacular silk quilt in the Indiana State Museum’s collection depicting an American flag made with dyed silk campaign ribbons from the 1860 election (which had 4 candidates/parties, one of which was Lincoln!) kept getting cut from their Lincoln exhibits because (since it has to be on a slantboard) it took up too much room. So – it gets its own exhibit!

Joining it are other great quilts from the Museum’s collection, including the  Civil War basket quilt with flags that was used as inspiration in the American Quilt Study group’s basket challenge. Also included is a quilt made by Lincoln’s cousin in 1827 from the Virginia Quilt Museum, one with Lincoln ribbons from Mark Dunn of Moda Fabrics, an embroidered quilt from the American Folk Art Museum, a gorgeous hexie made by an acquaintance of Mary Todd’s in Springfield, a log cabin quilt said to incorporate mourning crape which wrapped the columns of the Indiana Capitol when Lincoln’s funeral train stopped in Indianapolis, and ….the Keckley quilt from Kent State, said to incorporate offcuts of silk from Mary Todd Lincoln’s dresses.  Mary Jane Teeters-Eichacker is the curator.  The exhibit is open until February 19, 2018.

Elizabeth Keckley’s quilt made for Mrs. Lincoln
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