Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Smithsonian Journey Stories - and Kingman Quilters Guild Exhibit

The doors opened Saturday afternoon, September 28th and Kingman Quilters Guild was ready to go!  We spent the morning putting up our kiosk displays for the Smithsonian Journey Stories exhibit joined by the Arizona Humanities Council.  The Exhibit is at the Mohave Museum of Arts & History.
My kiosk is "Decorative Arts" covering the period of 1850 to 1920.  This was an era in America that began with survival and ended in affluence.  The latter part of this era ran parallel with the Industrial Revolution, which allowed the well to do American women (the Victorian women, to be exact) to spend time developing "master quilts" that exhibited fine fabrics as well as stitching talents.

1880s crazy quilt made by Dr. Paul Acer's great grandmother

Crazy quilt jacket (left) by Bonner Maxfield and crazy
quilt by Kornelia Hambley - both members of KQG

Crazy quilt loaned by Jan Ellwood.  Purchased in Goldfield, NV

Crazy quilt (top) by Karin Goudy.  Antique framed portion of crazy quilt
from Nancy Hilton and 4-square crazy quilt loaned by Jan Ellwood.

1880s crazy quilt made by Nancy Hilton's mother in law in Rural Retreat, VA

Beautiful embroidered album quilt loaned by Jean Johnston.  Made in 1933.

(Top) Cross stitch embroidered quilt made by Nancy Hilton's mother-in-law
and (bottom) crazy quilted table runner loaned by another KQG member.
The quilt show runs through October 11th and displays other kiosks including:
  •  Folklore
  • Album Quilts
  • War Quilts
  • Depression era quilts
  • Pioneer Quilts
  • Contemporary quilts
Be sure to check the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street tour schedule to see if there's a display coming to your area.

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