Iowa and Illinois Quilt History Study Group

The IIQSG usually meets the first Saturday in April, however, because of Easter, we met the second Saturday, April 10,2010.

The Iowa, Illinois, Quilt Study Group met on April 10th at the Kalona Historical Village, with 70 women attending. Women from Iowa and Illinois, as well as Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Colorado met to study, the makers and making, of the "Depression Era" quilts.

Study leaders were Sandy Schweitzer, AQS appraiser, from Illinois, and
Catherine Litwinow, of Bettendorf, moderator of the group. All women
were encouraged to bring quilts from the 1920-1940 period and over 50
quilts were shown and discussed, at the meeting. The group was also
inspired by the Depression quilts being shown in the "English" gallery
of the museum, as well as a side display in Grout Church of Catherine
Litwinow's private collection. Photographing the quilts was Kris Lyle
of Keota.

The group was encouraged to go to the outside buildings and most of
them took the informal tour seeing the new displays and listening to
the new system of the recorded voices, relating the history of the
small building's on the Village grounds. The changes at Wahl House
and Wahl Museum were very much appreciated by the group.

This group is an "attendee" group and everyone pays for the day, and
lunch is served and included in the fee. Rich Miller and his staff
served from the Parlor.

Iowa, Illinois, Quilt Study Group, or IIQSG publishes "Pieces of Time" magazine of
historical data of fabric and quilts seen at each meeting. The
meeting is now subscribed to from coast to coast.

The next meeting is the first Saturday in August at the museum The
study subject will be Crazy Quilts. There will be an annual silent
auction at that time, as this is the group's usual activity at the
Fall meeting. Fee for the day, with lunch, is $25.00 and all persons
interested in textile, or quilt history is welcome.

Reservations are needed and will be accepted by Juanita Seward, PO
105, Wellman, Iowa, IA 52356

Catherine Noll Litwinow.