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[Detail] 1994 Judges' Choice Winner; Susan's Fan.


Collection Overview

Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996 is an ethnographic field collection that contains photographs and sound recordings documenting quilts from two sources -- the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection and the Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest. Recorded interviews with quilters highlight quilting within the context of daily life. The quilts reflect the range of backgrounds, motivations, and artistic tastes of the quiltmakers. The online collection shows both highly traditional and innovative quilts, and demonstrates the artisans' excellent design and technical skill

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Special Features

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Historical Eras

These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.

  • Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
  • Postwar United States: 1945-early 1970s

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To find items in this collection, search by Keyword or broswe by Quiltmaker Index, Subject Index, Gallery of Photographs, and the List of Sound Recordings

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