I am sometimes fortunate to ride along with my mother to her Missouri Oklahoma Kansas Arkansas Quilt Study Group (MOKA) meetings. This past summer we visited Mizzou for a wonderful quilt presentation by the University's textile collection curator. This was an extraordinary collection of dozens of quilts made over three generations by more than half a dozen women. Most were utility quilts, but there were a few "best" quilts as well.
The next day, our meeting was hosted by the Boone Country Historical Society musem. On exchibit were several quits. It is important to not that although the museum curator carefully lit the quilts from above, the light and dark you see in these quilts were created by the quilters, not the track lighting. They were stunning. Here is one of my mother's favorites - a crazy qult with lots of men's shirting and ticking.
This quilt was an amazing collection of shirtings and homespun fabrics.
The light in this quilt is created by fabric choice.
And, the zillion little pieces are no bigger than the keys I am typing on right now.
My favorite quilt ear is 1920-1950. My bedroom is home to a few family qults of this time period and there were a few hanging in the museum.
I have always wanted to make a butterfly quilt...
If you love quilts, find a local study group. These women work hard to preserve and record the stories and textiles of these wonderful pieces of history.
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