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Album sampler quilt

Album sampler quilt
Creator: Rowden, Deb
Date: 2006
Album sampler quilt comprised of 30 blocks, each in a different pieced or appliqued pattern. Quilt incorporates a wide variety of reproduction 19th century textiles designed for Moda Fabrics by Kansas quilt historians Barbara Brackman and Terry Clothier Thompson. Machine quilted in a different pattern on each block. An inscription sewn to backing lists the pattern names, designers, and sewers of each block. This quilt was made in 2006 by members of the Kaw Valley Quilters Guild, Lawrence, to celebrate the group's 30th anniversary. The 30 blocks feature patterns taken from the Guild's block-of-the-month collection over 30 years. Patricia Ann Marlo Sullivan of Topeka won the quilt in a drawing.

Eagle quilt

Eagle quilt
Creator: Stauf, Elizabeth Marthaler
Date: between 1914 and 1917
Red, blue, and white eagles and blue stars appliquéd on a white background. Nine eagles, each set diagonally on a separate block. Blue star appliquéd on all four corners of every block. Each eagle has a black embroidered eye and beak opening. Red and blue stripes along the top and bottom edges. Double lines of white quilting stitches in a fish scale pattern. Long edges are folded to back and machine top stitched. Short edges folded to front and machine top stitched. White cotton backing.

Nicodemus quilt top

Nicodemus quilt top
Creator: Scruggs, Mary Jane Lewis
Date: between 1875 and 1900
Unfinished quilt top made in a variation of the Love Apple appliqué design. The quilter was Mary Jane Lewis Scruggs, born in Missouri in 1866 to former slaves. Scruggs' family were early settlers in Nicodemus, Kansas, a small town settled by a group of freed African Americans around 1877. In the years following the Civil War, many blacks fled the South to find better economic and social conditions in northern states, particularly Kansas. It is believed that Scruggs stitched the top while living in Nicodemus.

Ocean Wave quilt

Ocean Wave quilt
Date: 1880s
Quilt in the "Ocean Wave" pattern, made of red, blue, green, and brown calico prints. The quilt is hand pieced and quilted, with straight applied binding along the edges. Eliza (Hobart) Austin made the quilt in the 1880s. "Ocean Wave" was a particularly popular pattern from about 1870 until 1890. Eliza collected the scraps of fabric for several years while living in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas. Born in Illinois in 1831, Eliza married Lucius Austin in 1852, and they had eleven children. The family lived in Illinois and Iowa before coming to Kansas. Austin died in 1928 in Mullinville, Kansas. Both Eliza and her sister Caroline were quilters; one of Caroline's quilts is also in the collections of the Kansas Museum of History.

Quilt depicting a map of  the State of Kansas

Quilt depicting a map of the State of Kansas
Date: 1887
Quiltmaker Harriet Deuel lived in Wallula, Wyandotte County, Kansas. Inspired, perhaps, by the crazy quilt style, Deuel's quilt map of Kansas features county borders outlined with embroidery resembling barbed wire and other stitches that chart the state's main rivers and railroads.

Spirit of St. Louis quilt

Spirit of St. Louis quilt
Date: 1930s
Quilt in the "Spirit of St. Louis" pattern, made of red, white, and blue cotton fabric. Tricolor blocks, with quilted eagles in the white squares. The block design originally appeared in a 1934 edition of the magazine "Farm Journal." It was named for the plane that Charles Lindberg flew across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. The unmistakable swastika pattern in the block was a popular symbol of luck among aviators and appeared in the original propeller spinner on Lindberg's plane. Lora Wedd of Spring Hill, Kansas, made this quilt in the mid-1930s for her son, Ralph Henry Wedd, Jr. Soon after Lora completed the quilt, the Nazi Party took power in Germany. The party's use of the swastika as its symbol led Mrs. Wedd to put the quilt in storage. Ralph Wedd, Jr., received the quilt when his mother entered a nursing home. His wife donated it to the Kansas Historical Society.

Sunflower quilt

Sunflower quilt
Creator: Pine, Lillian
Date: 1930s
Sunflower quilt featuring 22 very large flowers appliqued onto a pale yellow field. Cotton with close hand quilting, including a grid design interrupted by a large central sunflower. Pieced by Kansas City resident Hattie A. Chandler in the early 1930s, and quilted by Lillian and Gladys Pine of Lawrence. The quilt won a First Place award at the Kansas State Fair in the mid-1930s.

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