Iowa-Illinois Quilt Study Group
Kalona Quilt and Textile Museum
Saturday - August 7, 2004
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We entered a cathedral August 7, 2004. The third IA/IL Quilt Study
Group met in the Quilt and Textile Museum at the Kalona Historic Village
in Kalona, IA. Hung on the walls in this vaulted ceiling and dimmed
lighting of the Kalona Quilt and Textile Museum were some of the best doll
and crib quilts designed by Amish women "with no more then an eighth
grade education and no training in geometry or design." (quote from
the cataloque accompanying the exhibit-"No Calico
This writer's favorites in the Amish Exhibition were a North Carolina
Lily in Pots, blue pots with pink flowers, a row of white squares followed
by a black border, Schoolhouse, one the three to have been made by Amish
women in the U.S. and soon to travel to Japan for a Shelly Zegart show,
and Jacob's Ladder made in Ohio 1920-30 which contains multicolored
squares bordered in red and pink.
Also of beauty were the many antique spool cases beautifully refinished
and a super accompaniment to the quilts. Then the Show and Share quilt
show began. Everyone in attendance was a special guest; including Sarah
Miller-many of her doll quilts are now in the International Quilt Study
Center and Bettina Havig, President of AQSG, to view the quilts from Iowa
Virginia Berger showed a red -- scrap crazy quilt from the 30's.
Virginia also shared a wood block, which could have been used for printing
fabric. Madley Randall brought a lovely silk 4-patch made by Helena
Burdick of NY circa 1860-1880 -- had very little shattering. Lucillee
Nordhousen's 1920's Star and Crescent wedding quilt in pinks and white was
in pristine condition is now owned by Lois Macken. With early blues,
shirtings and reds 1-inch strips Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin was
displayed by Beverly Ring.
Melva and Bill Berkland brought a family 9-patch. Each block contained
a pinwheel and a variety of striped or checked fabric. "Overall the
quiltmaker arranged a pleasing display of geometric and floral
fabrics." (quote taken from the Berklands).Rosie Moeller's
grandmother's faded red and white Double Irish Chain made in the 30's was
shown by Sandy Mente (A sheet blanket was used for the batting).
Horras (Pennie's quilts were on display last time IIQSG met in Feb.)
exhibited a wonderful collection of hankies appliqued to a backing for a
cheerful quilt. Some of the hankies contained the designers name and most
came from family members.
A Sunburst/ Mariner's Compass made of Garibaldi red/black charcoal and
white fabrics with two compasses each with 24 points and separated by
white circles came from a Lyndon, IL estate. Marilyn Galley, the owner of
the quilt, also shared a piece of reproduction fabric of the print used in
the quilt. A precious Jack and Jill from an Aunt Martha kit/pattern was
made by the mother of Zoe Dorsey. The Tobacco Seal Quilt (discussed on QHL)
was given to Jennifer Perkins. Her research noted -- in 1910 there were 77
city seals produced costing $8-$12 and college seals going for $10. This
lovely piece was given to Jennifer who will be a wonderful
Furrow's estate sale find was a quilt with Log Cabin blocks on one side
and Amish-like bars on the other side. The Straight Furrow was made with
various 1920-1930 fabrics and the bars made of wool.
A Wind Blown square/pinwheel, parallelograms and squares made with
multi-colored fabric and made by Billie Nickolan's great aunt was a
treasure. Glenda Freel purchased and brought a baby quilt made with scraps
forming crazy quilt. Serving as a baby sitter in the McCellan Heights area
of Davenport, IA. Maud Hainstock Grindred stitched a crazy quilt --
Embroidery over the seam lines started in the upper left corner and was
left incomplete when she married. Granddaughter Rosemary Fuller has kept
this family quilt. Catherine Noll Litwinow brought a Hexagon Basket
purchased at the MN show June '04. It was decided this beautiful quilt was
the result of a pattern in the 70's since the greens and pinks weren't
quite 30's. Quarter inch horizontal quilting was an interesting choice by
Shirley McElderry wowed us all with a quilt from an E-Bay kit quilt she
stitched for her granddaughter. Shirley's exquisite applique and quilting
only enhanced the beautiful pansy/rose/and fantasy flower bouquets. This
1942 Progress Kit # 1394 was named "The Dresden." Another lovely
Log Cabin Quilt this time set in the Court House Steps variation contained
muted multi-colored prints. The pink and teals of the 1870's helped to
date Jane Ellen Colella's quilt.
"What is it award?" was won by Barb Eckoff's solid black, not
quite a long rectangle piece which was quilted in cables. After a
discussion it was thought to be a pall for a casket. A Square in a Square
family piece was shown by Donna Furrow. The piece was dated turn of the
century and tied with 2 different red yarns. Donna also showed a Snowball
variation made by "Little Grandma Heneke and a tobacco bag top with a
dresser scarf backing.
1900's peaches and green whirling Tulips was made by Lois M. Macken's
grandmother. This must have been a "best quilt" due to it's
excellent condition. Lois also stumped the gathering with an Anvil with
Squared green with multi-colored fabrics made by Great Grandmother Clara
Troyer. It was thought the quilt dated circa 1909. The tailor who lived
next door to Nellie Garrelts Janssen gave her his wool suit samples, which
were zig-zagged together to create a quilt. Kathy Last removed the rotting
backing to discover some of the pieces still had their paper labels.
Jane Ellen Colella found an Octagon (not quite a Pineapple) Log cabin
from a Des Moines, IA quilt show. The quilt was said to be made in
Goldfield, IA in the 1860's - 1880's. Pat Wood saved an old Whig Rose
Variation. The solid red, greens with double pink print had only the seams
left. The vibrant green was visible with the fabrics worn away. (Oh, to
have seen this Whig Rose in better condition.) Belle Hinkhouse displayed a
Crossed Canoe made with possible Gibaldri red print. This lovely piece,
like many others shown, was without provenance. Shirley McElderry teased
us with a maker's original Sun Bonnet Sue with animals. This quilt and
other crib quilts will be the next display at the Kalona Quilt and Textile
When the National Signature Quilt Documentation papers come the
following will share their quilts.
- Marilyn Woodin-Dression Era rectangles from Frytown.
- Karan Flanscha-her IQG president wall hanging and Marcella's
Friendship quilt made for Marcella's retirement.
- Jennifer Perkins-Basket blocks with paper name tags attached, a
Brown Goose block had the words "catch me if you can."
- Marilyn Galley- embroidered names and Bird blocks possibly from the
Omaha World Herald & designed by Nadine Bradley from a Colona, IL
- Donna Furrow- Granddaughter's graduation quilt Sarah George and now
owned by the Kalona Quilt and Textile museum-Album block quilt with
India Ink signatures from OH, Sable, Salem and Goshen -. 1850 date was
found on a block.
- Betty Robinson brought an Album block quilt where the
Indigo/Lancaster Blue dye spread to the backing.
- Shirley Pfeifer- showed the Washington United Methodist Church quilt
with many, many names and an embroidered picture of the quilt made in
the first quarter of the 20th century.
- Pat Skillman-Colonial Ladies, Pat brought the binder full of
pictures and biographies of the makers.
- Judy Middleton shared the Bishop Hill, IL Bicentennial
Quilt-pictures of the building embroidered around the edges and
signatures from people of the village.
The day ended with Emily's presentation of weaving and a tour of the
new Loom house and a display of blocks and tops in the Woodin
Collection. Next meeting April 2, 2005 at the Kalona Quilt and Textile
Museum in the Kalona Historic Village.