The Wind in My Wings


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-1A77

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan Quilt Project
InstInvContrNumF004
99.0317

Page 1

QuiltTitleF009
The Wind in My Wings
AddNotesF132
The last active quiltmaker in my family was my great-grandmother, who died well before I was born. Although my mother didn't quilt, she was a one-time home-ec teacher who sewed our dresses and brought home the most beautiful books about antique textiles. I began my first 'quilt' spontaneously at the age of nine, just a set of alternating red and blue squares that grew to about five by five pieces before I realized that I didn't have enough of the two fabrics involved to amount to much. Sporadic interest continued; I bought my first quilting magazine in 1974. Mom knew Pepper Corey, and would take me to her shop to pet the fabrics. In 1977 I completed my first quilt top, a crib-sized version of the Crow's Nest quilt shown in Beth Gutcheon's Perfect Patchwork Primer (reflecting the taste of the time, I stuffed it with the fluffiest polyester batt available and then tried stab-stitch quilting it at 14-18 to the inch, with the predictable result that twenty-two years later, it still isn't finished.) I rediscovered quilting around 1990, while I was in graduate school in California. The official trigger was the engagement of my best friend, for whom a very special present was needed, but it turned out to be a quilt because I hated school and discovered that the local quilt shop was a wonderful refuge. The making of that particular quilt outlasted the length of the marriage (it still isn't done either) but they did get a smaller wall quilt I made as a challenge piece for the quilt shop. I tend to finish things that have some kind of external deadline, most notably finishing a small quilt for the Hoffman Challenge annually since 1994. I dislike following published patterns, and most of my projects are either self-drawn applique 'cartoons' or are self-drafted traditional quilts. I'm confident in my ability to make fabric do whatever I want it to do, and the fun is in seeing if it will grow up to be what I expect it to be.
QuiltTopF054
Edgar, Kate (Catherine J.)
QuiltedByF055
Edgar, Kate (Catherine J.)
OthPeopleF056LocMadeF057a
Denali National Park
ProvCountyF057b
Denali
ProvStateF057d
Alaska (AK)
DateQuiltF023
1976-1999
DateBegunF023a
5/1994
DateFinishF023b
8/1994

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

ReasonsF060
Challenge or Contest entry
OtherF060a
Hoffman Challenge
PresUseF062GenderF098
Female
CityF106a
East Lansing
CountyF106
Ingham
StateF107
Michigan (MI)
MaidenF097b
Edgar
BirthDateF099
8/7/1963
EnviroF104cEthnicF101
English, Dutch, mixed Yankee
EdBkgdF102
BS (Geology) Western Michigan University
OccupationF104
Several, including various seasonal jobs in national park and recreation areas, quilt shop clerk, teacher of stained glass, caterer, and museum collections assistant.
FatherNameF109
Edgar, James H.
MotherNameF111
Edgar, Mary Braamse
MarriageF099bSpouseF113LearnedToQuiltF117
From Class
WhenQuiltF118
Under 10 years of age
WhyQuiltF119NumQuiltsF123
5-20 quilts
SellQuiltF127
no
TeachF129
yes
NameGroupF120
Capital City Quilt Guild
LocGroupF121
Lansing, MI
SpecialGroupF122
Monthly meetings; sponsor workshops; charity quilts made for hospitalized children

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OverallWidthF12a
34 1/4"
OverallLengthF012b
38"
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
PredomColorsF014QuiltSpecColorF014aOverallColorF14b
Light or pastel colors
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
ContInscripF020
Kate Edgar
DateInscripF020a
1994
MethodInscripF021LocInscripF022SpacingF029BlockStyleF030a

Page 4-Physical Description continued

BordDescF034
2" combined with binding
FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabricTypeF036FabPrintF037UniqueF037b
Lame
ConstrucF038
Machine Piecing
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
ConstrucF038dConstrucF038gEmbMatF039FabFiberTypesF040ColorBackingF040bNumPiecesF042
1
DescBackF043

Page 5-Binding and Quilting

MatUsedF044FabStrucF045ConstrucBindF046MatUsedF048
Wool
QuiltTechF049DesignF052aDesignF052bDesignF052c

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

SourceMatF063TopSourceF064
Original to maker
OthTopSourceF064a
Design based on a fairy tale illustration remembered from my grandmother's books.
ContestListF071a
Hoffman Challenge, As part of the Hoffman Challenge collection, it toured across the US for a year and (I believe) also made it to a quilt festival in Bath, England., 1994, Honorable Mention
RelItemsF088a
Prizes, awards, ribbons, etc.

Page 7-Owner Information

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Kate J. Edgar
OwnerCityF084
East Lansing
OwnerCountyF085
Ingham
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
AcquiredF058
Made by owner
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Restricted
CopyRestF080c
Michigan State University Museum

Data Verification

verify
yes
verifiedby
Donaldson, Beth
dateverified
12
11
2007
CE

Extra Fields

IfQownerF007b
Made the quilt
DamageF016RepairsF017

Historical and Cultural Information About this Quilt

IfQmakerF007a
Made entire quilt
PartDesF007c
Designed the pattern
PattSourceF065OtherSourceMat
Photos of quilter

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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
Publisher
Quilt Index
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99.0317
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Quilt
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Color
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Slide
HolderF080a
Michigan State University Museum
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Courtesy of Michigan State University Museum
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Michigan State University Museum
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Michigan State University Museum
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Michigan State University Museum

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