Second Meeting of the IA/IL Quilt Study Group met in Kalona, IA. Feb
7,2004. Quilt Historians found a warm welcome in the Kalona Quilt and
Textile Museum (a part of the Kalona Historical Village). Marilyn Woodin
greeted the scholars with the history of the village, donut holes from the
bakery and a goodie bag with fat quarters from Willow Creek and coupons
for other stores! What treasures were pulled from suitcases and
Donna Furrow started show and tell with her $2. 98 Lee Ward's Lamb Kit
quilt (45 cents for thread) made in 1964-65 for her son The applique was
done using her first zigzag sewing machine. A quilt from Miles, IA in
stripy embroidered panels was set with a fleshy/yellow fabric of 2
different dye lots. It was thought that the quilt was of the architectural
prairie school design of the 1920's. The finish edge had turned in edges
with a hand buttonhole edging. An embroidered chin guard finished the
piece. An auction quilt with a six pointed star-some blocks set on feed
sacks was quilted with utility red quilting from a Manchester,IA
Barb Eckoff shared a stripy palm trees and flying geese- some ghost
blocks (color has evaporated) Lafayette blue helped to date the 1840
quilt. The second quilt she shared (block was titled Montana) was from
"Hearth and Home" magazine which published The United States
Patchwork Pattern Book in the 1890s (reprinted in 1970 by Dover). The
quilt had a wonderful plaid backing.
Barb also shared a a lovely-embroidered basket quilt, pink and yellow
Japanese Lantern, and a Joseph's Coat quilts with patterns designed either
by Hubert Ver Mehren or Nancy Cabot .
Susan Price Miller showed a stuffed Barn Raising Log Cabin-the strips
were stuffed, folded and then stitched down on a foundation made a
wonderful study. Her second quilt was one that she saw ten years ago
wrapped around furniture-she followed the truck and got the name- a sister
of the movee later gave the quilt to Susan since the family was going to
throw away this 4 block Carlie Sexton Rose of Sharon. The center of the
blocks was almost a Caesar's Crown ring with the ring repeated in the
Linda and Erin Carlson came with Pat Huff bringing "Great Aunt
Crazy Katie's Grandmother's Flower Garden set with Institutional Green.
Their other quilt was a white airplane set with vivid pink and blue
9-patch setting squares and pink and blue sashing. The wings of the planes
were shorten from the original pattern.
Marilyn Woodin shared an 1820 Brodere Perse Medallion- only the
quilting held some the fabrics to the surface. A wonderful silk Tumbling
Blocks-in good condition had pom-poms on the border, the name Edie
embroidered on the quilt and a unique chenille strip was made into a
flower in the center. Cathy Grafton brought Martha and George Washington
wall hanging replicating a watercolor found in the Abbey Rockefeller
Museum in Williamsburg, VA.
Catherine Litwinow displayed an Eveline Foland Memory Quilt Bouquet
quilt whose pattern was published in the Kansas City Star in 1930. A
discussion of how many newspapers printed these patterns followed.
Belle and Ann Hinkhouse wowed the group with their family treasures
Belle Embroidered a quilt for her son using iron on transfer that were
purchased for 10-15 cents and a 3 cent stamp. Mrs. Hinkhouse brought her
Pine Tree Wedding quilt that was made by mother-in law Eva in Cedar
County, IA in 1939. Christina Crowskey Copeland's (1804-1888 from Harrison
Co. OH moving to IA in 1854) Check Board quilt still had its vibrant
Cheddar. Elizabeth Bell Jennings Walton in 1936 purchased Peter Pan fabric
at Wilton, IA store for her Lone Star all made from solids except for 2
prints. The Friend's Church of West Branch expertly quilted the quilt for
1 cent a yard.
The what a quilt of the day went to the Hinkhouse's 1957 quilt
that was copied from a quilt purchased at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.
Triangle biscuits were whipped stitched together. The edge is completed
with green piping from which falls a double ruffle of the same polished
fabric. The inner ruffle is gathered and reaches the floor. The outer
layer droops from the piping one foot and is quilted in a diamond pattern.
The bottom of this section is cut to form a gentle waving line and is hand
hemmed. A history of the quilting by the Methodist Church of West Liberty
written by Marjorie Marsteller (age 98) would fill another page.
Marilyn Galley shared a multi-generation quilt with wonderful madders
and orange paisley. Several pieces only contained warp fabrics. An 1880's
multi-colored Sunburst had damaged brown fabrics; bridal tulle held the
center down. A Poppy kit quilt with wood burn started the discussion of
quilt care with "Vintage Soak" mentioned as a possible
Following lunch the group toured the Quilt Museum's one woman display
of quilts made by Pennie Horras, author of Sewing in Circles: Easy Machine
Applique Quilts. The meeting ended with viewing signature quilts - circle
of names-possible fundraiser. Family and friends quilt from NE, a
wonderful mid 1800's Fleur de Lis madder quilt with stamped or inked names
two Sunbonnet Sues and sit and sew group friendship quilts.
Next meeting will be August 7, 2004 with antique quilt show and share
in the morning and more signature quilt documentation in PM.