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August, 2014

Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois

May. 06, 2014 - Oct. 17, 2014
The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery’s new exhibition presents a fresh perspective on the Civil War by uncovering the fascinating stories of Illinois women who rigorously supported their fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and friends from the home front. Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois reveals the hidden accounts of these devoted women. The exhibition will be on display at the ISM Lockport Gallery through October 17, 2014. Special events and talks are scheduled during the exhibition, including a tour by the exhibition curator on August 10 and a first-person portrayal of a Civil War era nurse on September 28. In the days following the April 1861 Confederate bombardment on Fort Sumter, dedicated men from Illinois rushed to join the Union Army. With vigor equal to the enlisting men, loyal women of Illinois organized to support the soldiers on the field and in the hospital, as they braced themselves for the changes in family and community life the war would bring. Following the Union defeat at the Battle of Bull Run in July 1861, President Lincoln issued an appeal for quilts, other bedding, clothing, and foodstuffs for the Union troops. While Illinois women made or gathered quilts for the soldiers, they also created highly decorated quilts for fund-raising auctions to support the war effort. Soldier's quilts wore out with hard use, and few have survived. However, other quilts of the era that have been carefully preserved help tell the stories of these most trying of times. The Civil War-era quilts in the exhibition provide a passage through which to explore the lives and wartime support activities of the women who made them. Each quilt on exhibit has its own unique story and individual attributes, even though they were collectively created in the same time period. One is a particularly rare quilt that has recently received national attention: a Log Cabin quilt from Anna, Illinois, that was pieced together with fabrics including scraps from both Union and Confederate uniforms. The uniform scraps reportedly belonged to the maker's sons who fought on both sides of the war. An album quilt on display was made by Martha Jane Gourley (Gehlman), a close neighbor of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield. Miss Gourley's friends and family, whose names adorn this quilt, are from northern as well as southern states, representing the range of families who settled the "West," as Illinois was then considered. In addition to the quilts, a wide variety of artifacts demonstrate the expansive range of women's work for the war.

  • Location: Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery

Call for Entries, Fiber Arts Fiesta

Jun. 19, 2014 - Mar. 02, 2015
From now until March 2, 2015 we are taking entries for the Fiber Arts Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM. Please visit the website for the entry form. www.fiberartsfiesta.org

Quilts & Flowers Exhibit

Jul. 10, 2014 - Sep. 28, 2014
Wednesday September 24 through Sunday September 28 9 am until 5 pm Ridgefield Crossings 640 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield CT 06877 Open free to the public Showcasing over 30 quilts from author and designer Johanna Wilson, founder of Plum Creek Patchwork, and resident of Ridgefield Crossings Designers and florists will exhibit complimentary floral arrangements. Information call 203-431-2255

  • Sponsor: Ridgefield Crossings Senior Living
  • Location: Ridgefield Crossings
  • Admission: free
  • Contact: 203-431-2255
  • Email: pandrews01@comcast.net

Calm and Collected

Jul. 11, 2014 - Sep. 27, 2014
The works by members of the Charm Club will include interpretations of the popular Keep Calm and Carry On poster as well as scrap quilts made from the Charm Club members’ vast collections of fabric. The quilts reflect a wide range of style, technique and materials. This year’s biennial quilt exhibit will also feature a special display of six quilts using the same fabrics exchanged by six quiltmakers living in the Carolinas and Indiana. Three are members of the Charm Club. Hours of the exhibit are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, Saturdays. An opening reception will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 11, 2012.

  • Sponsor: The Charm Club and Sullivanmunce Cultural Center
  • Location: the SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 205-225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, In
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: www.sullivanmunce.org, 317/873-4900.
  • Email: cynthiayoung@sullivanmunce.org
  • Web Site Link: www.sullivanmunce.org

Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois

Jul. 24, 2014 - Oct. 17, 2014
Sunburst Quilt c. 1855, made by Jane Gaunt (Richards) Russell (1802-1889) of Rogersville, Tennessee. Hand-pieced and quilted cotton. Collection of the Illinois State Museum. Gift of Virginia Fulkerson In 1860, Joseph and Jane Russell headed a slave-holding Tennessee family, with a foothold in Illinois. Since the 1830s, Joseph had been purchasing large tracts of land around Jerseyville in Jersey County, Illinois. When their oldest daughter, Sarah, settled in Jersey County with her new husband in 1843, Joseph and Jane came along to help them set up house. The 1850 and 1860 U.S. Census, however, shows the Russells back in eastern Tennessee with the number of their enslaved workers growing by the decade. This crib quilt is inscribed: "J.G. Russell/Given to Sadie B. Fulkerson," Jane Russell's granddaughter. Sadie's father was William Houston Fulkerson, a Confederate office for Company A, 63rd Tennessee Infantry Regiment. Following the war, the Russell and Fulkerson families, along with a number of their freed slaves, settled on the Russell property outside Jerseyville. Although the quilt is inscribed to Sadie who was born in 1866, the fabrics predate the war. The quilt may have been used by older grandchildren, or Jane may have pieced fabric she saved before the war made processed cotton so scarce. This quilt is currently on display as part of the exhibition Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois. Through October 17. At the ISM Lockport Gallery, 201 W. 10th Street, Lockport, IL 60441.

  • Location: ISM Lockport Gallery, 201 W. 10th Street, Lockport, IL 60441

Prairie Pinwheels Quilt Show

Aug. 16, 2014 - Aug. 17, 2014
NQA judged Quilt Show and Viewers Choice Awards. Over 200 quilts on display. Guild Challenge quilts. VENDORS, Bed turning, General Store, Treasure Chest, Raffle Quilt. Heritage Days is also happening this weekend in Galesburg so bring the family and spend the weekend. Something for everyone!

Prairie Pinwheels Quilt Show

Aug. 16, 2014 - Aug. 17, 2014
Prairie Pinwheels Quilt Show, NQA JUDGED SHOW, & VIEWERS CHOICE AWARDS Saturday 10-4, Sunday 11-4 200 plus quilts on display, Challenge quilts, Vendors, Bed turning, General store, Treasure chest and Raffle quilt. Heritage days is also going on the same weekend which means something for the whole family. Come have fun with us.

2014 AQS QuiltWeek™ - Grand Rapids, MI

Aug. 20, 2014 - Aug. 23, 2014
Join us for our third show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Save the date now and we will post more information later.

  • Sponsor: American Quilter's Society
  • Location: DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Contact: Bonnie Browning, Executive Show Director 270-898-7903
  • Email: bonniebrowning@aqsquilt.com
  • Web Site Link: aqsshows.com

The Goodtime Quilters Guild 21st Annual Quilt Show

Aug. 28, 2014 - Aug. 30, 2014
The quilt show will be open Thursday and Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to 4pm. We will have over 150 quilted items on display. This year, our featured Master Quilter is Beth Starkey-Hill. There will be hourly door prizes, raffle quilt, food, demonstrations, a Little Quilt and More Silent Auction, a merchant's mall and a guild sales room. Scissor and knife sharpening will be available. parking is free and the facility is handicapped accessible. Our challenge theme this year is "I'm a Basket Case." There must be a basket somewhere in the quilt top along with some 3-D embellishments. A scrappy quilt is our added feature category. at least 50 different fabrics MUST be used in the construction of the quilt top. For more information and maps or driving directions, please visit our website: www.goodtimesquilters.org You may also contact Jo Ann (740) 986-3761, Cathie (740) 477-1545 or Barb (740) 332-6344

  • Sponsor: The Goodtime Quilters Guild
  • Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 E. Mound St, Circleville, OH
  • Admission: $5 per day or $8 for a 3 day wrist band
  • Contact: Jo Ann (740) 986-3761, Cathie (740) 477-1545, Barb (740) 332-6344
  • Web Site Link: www.goodtimequilters.org