Galleries

Gallery resources feature curated groupings of quilts. These materials have been developed by Quilt Index staff and invited contributors. Some gallery resources provide a virtual presentation of exhibitions that occurred in physical form, thus providing a lasting and accessible record of them. The gallery format was initially developed as part of the Gasperik Private Collection and used with the Signature Quilt Project. As part of an IMLS funded national leadership project, invited authors selected Quilt Index materials around specific topics to produce galleries.

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Christmas Quilts
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

This gallery represents Christmas quilts from the 19th century.
Civil War Era Quilts from the Illinois State Museum Collection
Goebel-Bain, Angela

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery presents an exhibition that explores the role of quilts in the Civil War era and the impact of the war on the lives of the women who made them. By the start of the American Civil War in 1861, quilts had long embodied the comfort and security of home and served as emblems of familial love. Caring wives and mothers sent thousands of quilts to war with soldiers so that their men could be wrapped in warmth and reminded of home. Although many believed the war would be a short campaign, news spread within weeks that the government was unprepared to provide for the volunteer regiments. Women throughout the North organized themselves into Soldier's Aid Societies to send supplies of food, clothing and bedding, to their home regiments.
Contemporary Massachusetts Quilts
Lane, Laura

The New England Quilt Museum houses over 400 quilts that have been donated since 1987. The heart of the museum's contemporary collection comes from the Massachusetts Quilt Artists.
Contemporary Massachusetts Quilts
Lane, Laura

The New England Quilt Museum houses over 400 quilts that have been donated since 1987. The heart of the museum's contemporary collection comes from the Massachusetts Quilt Artists.
Eugenia Mitchell Quilts: The Foundation of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Collection
Unknown author

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado, first opened its doors in 1990 thanks to founder Eugenia Mitchell. The museum currently has 340 quilts in its collection.
Great Lakes, Great Quilts
MacDowell, Marsha; Worrall, Mary

Great Lakes, Great Quilts shows contemporary reproductions of quilts at the Michigan State University Museum.
Halloween and Autumn Quilts
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Halloween and Autumn quilts are made of neutral, warm colors to reflect that season.
I. Jagged Edge (from Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood)
Richardson, Justine

Jagged Edge is the title of Section I of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace. Similar, but not exact, block patterns are examples here because is not a common pattern name in Quilt Index documentation.
International Quilts on the Quilt Index: The Beginnings
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Michigan State University Museum and the National Quilt Museum contributed records on international quilts. Some countries included are Australia, Belgium, Canada and Chile.
Kit Quilts
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Kit Quilts are pre-marked patterns that were popular in the early 20th-Century, and are still available today.
Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts
Bresenhan, Karoline Patterson; Puentes, Nancy O'Bryant

This gallery depicts Texas-made quilts dated before 1936. Text reproduced with permission from “100 Years of Texas Quilts,” Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, Vol. 1, by Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes, p. 21.
Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts: A New Perception of Quilts
Bresenhan, Karoline Patterson; Puentes, Nancy Obryant

Karey Patterson Bresehan and Nancy Obryant Puentes write about early Texas quiltmakers who broke all the rules, even the ones they didn't know exsisted, when designing their quilts.
Michigan Quilts
MacDowell, Marsha

The Michigan Quilt Project was started to help uncover information on Michigan quilting and its role in Michigan history. Data from quiltmakers and collector's help to achieve the goal of finding Michigan initiated quilts.
Notan: Japanese Principle of Dark and Light
Milne, Amy

Amy Milne discusses the dark and the light of Notan, a Japanese Principle, in the use of quilts.
Patterns of Inquiry
Worrall, Mary

Patterns of Inquiry presents research and educational activities involving Michigan State University Museum’s long-standing interest in and commitment to quilt studies. At the core of this work is the Quilt Index (quiltindex.org), a research platform and laboratory of a massive and continually expanding collection of quilt-related material that serves as a basis for a wide range of scientific, scholarly, educational, and artistic investigations and applications.
Printed Panels for Chintz Quilts: Their Origin and Use
Waldvogel, Merikay

Printed panels were a source of fabric for quiltmakers in England and America in the early 1800s.
Quilt Alliance Contest Winners
Milne, Amy

The quilts showcased here represent the Quilt Alliance's national quilt contest started in 2006. Each year the Alliance presents a small quilt contest with an open-ended theme. The goal of the contest is to reach out to today' s quiltmakers with a challenge that engages them with our mission, document their response and raise funds via an auction of the quilts (all entrants donate their quilts to the Quilt Alliance).
Quilt Treasures: Collectors and Historians
Worrall, Mary; Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

The Quilt Treasures Project features individuals who helped push the 20th Century Quilt Revival forward.
Quilt Treasures: Contemporary Quilt Artists
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace; Worrall, Mary

Quilt Treasures interviewees Virginia Avery, Jean Ray Laury, Yvonne Porcella and Jinny Beyer are featured in this gallery.
Quilt Treasures: Cuesta Benberry, An African American Quilt Scholar
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace; Worrall, Mary

Quilt scholar Cuesta Benberry, was the pioneer of researching African American quiltmaking and she is a Quilt Treasure.
Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories Galleries
Worrall, Mary; Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

The Quilters' S.O.S.- Save Our Stories Galleries makes accessible interviews and quiltmaking information for quilter's and institutions.
Quilts and Human Rights
Worrall, Mary; MacDowell, Marsha; Swanson, Lynne

Quilt have been used to make statements like on human rights, in both a visual way and by stories. This gallery depicts these quilts that were used to express feelings on human rights.
Quilts and Mathematics in Education
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Quilts and elementary mathematics go hand in hand since quilts are made up of various shapes and sizes.
Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Unknown author

This gallery shows quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum's Rooted in Tradition collection.
Sears Quilt Contest Project Galleries: 001. Introduction
Waldvogel, Merikay

Sears Roebuck & Co. with headquarters in Chicago was a financial backer of the 1933 World’s Fair, known as The Century of Progress Exposition. To drum up interest in the Fair nationwide, Sears announced a national quilt contest in January 1933 with prizes totaling $7500. Over 24,000 quilts were entered by the contest deadline in May 1933. It still holds the record for the most contest entries. Not only was it a huge success, it had a major impact on the quilt revival of the 1930s.
Sears Quilt Contest Project: 002. The Grand Prize Winning Quilt
Waldvogel, Merikay

The grand prize winning quilt entered by Margaret Rogers Caden of Lexington, Kentucky won $1000 and was given to the new first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Sears Quilt Contest Project: 003. First Place Winners in 10 Regional Rounds
Waldvogel, Merikay

Sears Roebuck & Co. organized the national quilt contest to include their local stores as well as their regional mail order centers.
Sears Quilt Contest Project: 004. Second and Third Place Winners in Regional Rounds
Waldvogel, Merikay

The list of 30 winners and their home towns was published in the January 1934 Sears Roebuck & Co. catalog.
Sears Quilt Contest Project: 005. Century of Progress Commemorative Quilts
Waldvogel, Merikay

The Century of Progress Commemorative quilts are the easiest to connect to the Sears National Quilt Contest.
Sears Quilt Contest Project: 006. Commemorative Quilts in Black and White
Waldvogel, Merikay

Criticism by Ida Stow and others who took the extra time to make Century of Progress quilts may have prompted the contest organizers to make amends.
Sears Quilt Contest Project: 007. Folk Renditions of “A Century of Progress”
Waldvogel, Merikay

When Sears proposed making original quilts in the theme "A Century of Progress," some quilters (and their spouses) went scurrying off to libraries.
Sears Quilt Contest Project: 008. Souvenir Kit Quilts in the Century of Progress theme
Waldvogel, Merikay

Even though the judges did not particularly like the Century of Progress themed quilts, an as-yet-unidentified enterprising designer produced a boxed kit quilt that was sold as a perfect World's Fair souvenir.
Sears Quilt Contest Project: 009. Familiar 1930s Patterns in Contest Entries
Waldvogel, Merikay

A quiltmaking revival was just getting underway when the contest was announced in January 1933.
Sears Quilt Contest Project: 010. Kit Quilts in Contest Entries
Waldvogel, Merikay

By the 1930s, boxed kit quilts containing all the materials and instructions necessary for making a quilt were available at department stores and through mail order outlets.
Sears Quilt Contest Project: 011. Results of the Contest
Waldvogel, Merikay

As a result of the widespread publicity leading up to the contest deadline and then all the newspaper coverage of local and regional contests, quiltmaking became a popular past-time.
Sears Quilt Contest Project: 012. Other Sears Contest Quilts in the Quilt Index
Waldvogel, Merikay

Throughout the Quilt Index, one can find other Sears Contest quilts linked to the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition.
Stained Glass Quilts
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Stained glass windows are a beautiful design choice for many old buildings, including churches. It is of no surprise that quiltmaker's take that beautiful window design and turn them into quilts
The International Quilt Festival Q.S.O.S.
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace; Worrall, Mary

The International Quilt Festival Q.S.O.S. took place in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003. 152 quiltmakers were interviewed.
The Michigan State University Museum Q.S.O.S.
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace; Worrall, Mary

Interviews are the best way to gather information on quiltmakers. Michigan State University's Q.S.O.S. took place in 2001 and 2002.
The Oh Wow! Miniature Quilt Collection
Unknown author

Bill Schroeder and Klaudeen Hansen created The Oh Wow! Miniature Quilt Collection. These quilts are made to scale and were donated to the National Quilt Museum.
The Paul D. Pilgrim Collection at the National Quilt Museum
Roy, Gerald E.

Paul D. Pilgrim, collector and quiltmaker, brought together old forgotten quilt blocks with new contemporary blocks in his quilts. is collection was donated to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.
The Women of Color Quilters Network Q.S.O.S.
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace; Worrall, Mary

Women of Color Quilters Network was founded in 1985 by a documented quilt maker on the Quilt Index, Carolyn L. Mazloomi.
Themes for Educators: African American History and Culture
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

The Quilt Index houses a wealth of knowledge that is useful in all learning settings. African American History and Culture is just one of the topics that quilts can help bring to life.
Themes for Educators: Animals
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Using quilts in a classroom setting can be a beneficial tool for teachers and students. Listed here are quilts regarding animals.
Themes for Educators: Architecture and Buildings
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Using quilts in a classroom setting can be a beneficial tool for teachers and students. Listed here are quilts regarding architecture and buildings.
Themes for Educators: Children's Literature
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Using quilts in a classroom setting can be a beneficial tool for teachers and students. Listed here are quilts regarding children's literature.
Themes for Educators: Food
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Using quilts in a classroom setting can be a beneficial tool for teachers and students. Listed here are quilts regarding food.
Themes for Educators: MSU Quilts
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Using quilts in a classroom setting can be a beneficial tool for teachers and students. Listed here are quilts regarding MSU quilts.
Themes for Educators: Music
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Using quilts in a classroom setting can be a beneficial tool for teachers and students. Listed here are quilts regarding music.
Themes for Educators: Nelson Mandela and the Struggle Against Apartheid in South Africa
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Using quilts in a classroom setting can be a beneficial tool for teachers and students. Listed here are quilts regarding Nelson Mandela and the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa.
Themes for Educators: Outer Space
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Using quilts in a classroom setting can be a beneficial tool for teachers and students. Listed here are quilts regarding outer space.
Themes for Educators: Sports
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Using quilts in a classroom setting can be a beneficial tool for teachers and students. Listed here are quilts regarding sports.
Themes for Educators: Trees
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Using quilts in a classroom setting can be a beneficial tool for teachers and students. Listed here are quilts regarding trees.
Themes for Educators: U.S. History
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Using quilts in a classroom setting can be a beneficial tool for teachers and students. Listed here are quilts regarding U.S. History.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Bubblegum Pink
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Butterscotch
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Cadet Blue
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Cheddar
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Chocolate Brown
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Chrome Green and Yellow
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Claret or Wine
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for "Quilt-Specific Colors" in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific "quilty" colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain's book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Double Pink
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Indigo Blue
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Lancaster Blue
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Madder Brown
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Madder or Cinnamon Red
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Manganese Bronze
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Nile Green
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Prussian Blue
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Turkey Red
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.
Unusual Pattern Names
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace

The Quilt Index houses thousands of different pattern names. Some of those names are quite unusual and are featured here.