Fan quilt, creator unknown, but possibly Laura Jane Jackson (b. 1897, d. 1991), the mother of Leete Jackson, Jr. Circa 1940.
Gift of Dayle Sillerud, TTU-H2015-076-001.

Football Hero’s Quilt

By Marian Ann J. Montgomery, Ph.D.,
Curator of Clothing and Textiles, the Museum of Texas Tech University

A Fan pieced block pattern quilt came into the collection of the Museum of Texas Tech University in 2015. The donor found it at an estate sale in Lubbock and noticed that it bore the name “Leete Jackson.”  For football enthusiasts the name Leete Jackson is as important in Lubbock as current football superstars Patrick Mahomes or Troy Aikman.

Leete Jackson, Jr. (b. 1922, d. 2012) was a football hero who lead his Lubbock High School team, also known as the “Cinderella Team,” to the Texas state football championship in 1939. After High School, he went onto play for Texas Technological College (known as Texas Tech University today) under the legendary coach, Pete Cawthon, but World War II interrupted Jackson’s football career at Tech.  Jackson enlisted and served with distinction in the Marine Air Corps where he was a decorated torpedo bomber with The Red Devils in the Pacific theater.  Following the War he returned to Tech and completed his degree.

The name of Lubbock football hero Leete Jackson Jr., is on the quilt given to the Museum.

The fabrics in the quilt date it to circa 1940. The dark colors and bright red seem masculine in nature. Jackson’s name is sewn onto the quilt on a small tag. Research in the community didn’t yield much information about who or why the quilt was made. It is a beautiful addition to the Museum’s holdings and a somewhat unusual version of the Fan pattern. Please take this as an example of why quilters need to put labels with the pertinent who, what and why on their quilts, so that future generations can enjoy the story.

Another lovely example of a fan quilt, made by Ethel Abernathy of Lubbock, Texas. Learn more about Ethel and her quilt story here.

Grandmother’s Fan Quilt by Ethel Abernathy, circa 1939.
Gift of Judith Abernathy, TTU-H2015-082-002

(Photo courtesy Museum of Texas Tech University)

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We tend to think the world is huge...when in fact it is small...so small. I am reminded of that old game the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon. You know, it was based on the game 6 degrees of Separation which says that any 2 people are only 6 or fewer acquaintance links apart. I know you are wondering what the heck is she talking about and what does this have to do with quilting, LOL.

Well, last Sunday I was talking a class at Acorns & Threads a cross stitch shop in Portland. It was a general educational class on cross stitch. You are wondering what this has to do with quilting? Sitting next to me was a classmate named JoJo and as we talked it, turned out she and her husband had watched us on Quilt Roadies because she is a quilter also. It is always so fun to meet those who follow along with us on our journey in life. Next, she brings out a pillow she recently finished and it is gorgeous!

The workmanship was exquisite! Even though we were there for some cross stitch instruction, everyone had to take a moment to enjoy the beauty. When I asked her where she learned the techniques...she said from Ann Myhre on The Quilt Show! Yep, in the Quilting/Stitching world the game 6 Degrees of Separation might only be 3 degrees of Separation!!

Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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Overlapping Log Cabin by Miki Murakami was part of the Abstract Large exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2018.

Organizing and keeping an orderly space to work, sew, and live is important for creative minds to flourish, so Pat Bravo at WeAllSew.com created this great tutorial to help you tidy up your studio with this quilty storage bin.



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Conversations by Lou Ann Smith was part of the Abstract Large exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2018.


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If you have information we can use, please write to me at weavingfutures2012@gmail.com. Later, when we are ready for help in publicizing what we are doing, getting Congressional attention, we will let everyone know!



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Set reasonable goals......  (Music by AWOLNATION, "Sail").  We can't all be Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry or Janet Stone or Sherri Reynolds right off the bat.


Shelley Tobisch's friends Carrie Lakatos (maker) and Faith McCleod (quilter) are responsible for this "plum" beauty of a quilt, Plum Pudding. It's an example of precision piecing at its finest.

Watch Shelley and learn more about precision piecing in Show 2506.

PlumPuddingbyCarrieLakatoandFaithMcCleod - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

PlumPuddingbyCarrieLakatoandFaithMcCleod - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

PlumPuddingbyCarrieLakatoandFaithMcCleod - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

PlumPuddingbyCarrieLakatoandFaithMcCleod - 35 Pieces Rotating

PlumPuddingbyCarrieLakatoandFaithMcCleod - 99 Pieces Rotating

PlumPuddingbyCarrieLakatoandFaithMcCleod - 300 Pieces Rotating

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