The Quilt Show's Marketing Director, and it turns out intrepid reporter, Kristin Goedert came across a museum exhibit in Utah a few years ago that told the story of The Panguitch Quilt Walk from the 1860s. This story, one of ingenuity and perseverance, shows how important quilts can be both personally and for survival. Learn the story, and see the quilt made in tribute to this heroic tale.
Here's Kristin with the story of The Panguitch Quilt Walk and the exhibit photos:
"The photos are of a museum exhibit that tells the story of the "Panguitch Quilt Walk." As the story goes, during a terrible winter some men needed to go to the next town over (which was 40 miles away) to get supplies to keep their town from starving. Deep snow made travel impossible and they almost gave up part way. They pulled out a quilt that they brought, spread it out and kneeled on it to pray, and realized that it kept them from sinking into the snow. They traveled the rest of the way by placing their quilts in front of them and walking on them, picking up the quilts behind them as they went."
Below are photos of Elaine Hatch Sawyer's quilt made horoning the event. About the quilt: "This quilt was created by Elaine Hatch Sawyer using her grandmother's treadle Singer sewing machine. It was quilted by Mary Ella (Prince) Sudweeks and Metta Jane (Wilcox) Whittaker."