Circa 2000 embroidered quilt with Texas motifs, TTU-H2017-085-001.
Photo courtesy Museum of Texas Tech University.


Quilt with Texas Motifs Comes to the Museum of Texas Tech University
By Marian Ann Montgomery, Ph.D.,
Curator of Clothing and Textiles

The Museum of Texas Tech University recently acquired a quilt made sometime after 2000 of original embroidered blocks featuring many Texas themes. The quilt was brought to the museum’s attention via a donor to the collection that saw it on eBay and thought it would be a perfect addition. All of the images on eBay showed Texas motifs—the Alamo, the Texas flag, Cattle, barrel racers, etc. so it was considered important to acquire for the Museum, even though we seldom purchase objects due to the limited acquisition budget.

Section of quilt with cattle block, covered wagon, rodeo clowns, bull riding, dressed cactus and block of San Antonio Rose song.
Photo courtesy Museum of Texas Tech University.

Block with barrel racer.
Photo courtesy Museum of Texas Tech University.

JBF Ranch motifs in central block of the quilt with names of Texas cities embroidered on either side.  
Photo courtesy Museum of Texas Tech University.

However once the quilt arrived at the museum it was apparent that this was more than just a Texas quilt, it is a special family piece.  Many of the blocks depict scenes from family life such as an archer shooting a bicycle rider in the back side or Dad with steam coming out of his ears, while children run from a station wagon with a fishing boat on the back. The stories behind these blocks are of great interest in fully interpreting this piece.

Archer shot an arrow that landed in a bicyclist.
Photo courtesy Museum of Texas Tech University.

Block with family around the table and “Dad” falling off a broken chair.
Photo courtesy Museum of Texas Tech University.

The quilt is a marvelous example of folk art as the embroidered blocks are original. Some with Texas motifs may have been copied from coloring books, but the others that depict family stories using what must be original art. The quilt has blocks for five family members: Raymond Duane Jordan, Angela Christine Lane Jordan and their daughters Stephanie Mae Jordan, Rebecca Suzanne Jordan and a third daughter born in March 2000.

Raymond was born in Pennsylvania and Angela in Maryland.  It is unclear when they came to Texas, but were surely here by 2000 when their third daughter was born, as there are representations of Little Miss Texas and Miss Wise County for their daughters on the quilt.  There is some evidence that Raymond and Angela are separated.  The piece came from a dealer in Pennsylvania so possibly the quilt went back to its maker when Raymond and Angela split up. To fully understand the stories behind the blocks it is important to connect with Angela Jordan or Raymond Jordan.  Angela is in Ft. Worth so it is possible that someone reading this article will know her or know someone who knows her.  Raymond is in Boyd. 

Please contact me at marian.ann.montgomery@ttu.edu if you can help me connect with them, as surely they know the stories behind the blocks that represent family history which are part of the charm of this piece.

Border motif along the top edge is of a howling coyote among cactus.
Photo courtesy Museum of Texas Tech University.

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It's a wrap...another Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show completed. There are so many stories...so many quilts to share with you that this blog post could not cover it unless we deleted all the other bloggers on Wednesday, LOL. So, please head over to Quilt Roadies on YouTube to view the weeks events and up close chatter with some of the superstars that teach and share during this week long party culminating in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show!

The instructor I wanted to especially feature this week is Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios...why you ask? Because I have wanted to take a class from him since he first started teaching at the Quilter's Affair! An incredible designer, and from the scuttle butt during lunch time his students are always having a great time. Scott started quilting during the Bicentennial years...and when you think about the type of quilts during this period and you look at his quilts now you can just imagine what must be going on in the creative workshop residing in his brain, LOL.

Urban Folk ~ Modern Design is the theme of Blue Nickel Studios, which is the brain child of Scott Hansen. And since the chances of taking a class with him remain elusive, because we seem to always teach on the same day, I decided to bid on his postcard donation of my favorite Scott design...and I WON!!!

I have already hung the card up and the detail is amazing...I wonder if his wife, who is a mixed media artist, shared her thoughts on the bead work? I am content for now, but still have high hopes of a tree class and if you, your guild, or event are looking for a wonderfully entertaining and talented instructor, you can contact Scott at the Blue Nickel Studios!!!

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The Quilt Alliance has put together a list of quilt destinations across America to add to your bucket list. If you visit one of them, share it with the Quilt Alliance. You can share photos and stories on the Quilt Alliance Facebook page. Or mail them a postcard and they'll share it.
Included in the list are Quilt Story Road Show stops. What is that you ask?

The Quilt Alliance will visit quilt guilds, art groups, museums, quilt shows and communities that have quilt stories to tell (if you'd like to bring the Road Show to your area, send then an email at info@quiltalliance.org). When groups come together with them to celebrate their community’s history, they all come away inspired, with reignited creativity and excitement.

Their lecture includes not only educational material on labeling and other ways to document quilts (photo, video, text), but also information on why historians, collectors and museum professionals put such a high value on documentation.

Quilt Story Road Show Stops!
Meet the Quilt Alliance in Augusta, Maine and Cedarburg, Wisconsin to share your quilt story!
July 26-27: Maine Quilts 2018

August 17-18: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts


Quilt Museums from Coast to Coast

Visions Art Museum, Contemporary Quilts + Textiles 
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
National Quilt Museum
The Quilters Hall of Fame
Virginia Quilt Museum
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum
The Florida Quilt Museum
Texas Quilt Museum



Museums with Quilt Collections or Exhibitions
Quilt-Related Destinations
Quilt Trail Gathering Facebook Page hosted by Donna Sue Groves, founder of the Barn Quilt/Quilt Trails Movement 
Want to join the Quilt Alliance?
Join or renew with the Quilt Alliance this month for an extra thank you!
All members who join or renew, or make a donation of $30 or more, between July 1-31 will receive Carolyn Crump's The Singer quilt pattern. Also, two lucky QA members or donors will win a copy of Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi's book Textural Rhythms:, including the work of Carolyn Crump. The drawing will be held on Friday, August 3. All current members (as of Thursday, August 2, 2018), and all donors who make a gift of $30 or more during July, will be eligible to win. Email QA Office Manager Debby Josephs if you would like to check the status of your membership.



Marijke Vroomen Durning has written an article indicating that quilting is good for your health, helps you stay connected, and provides purpose. But, of course, you knew that already, right?

Marijke writes,

If you’re among the 7 to 10 million quilters in the United States, you likely already know how quilting can have a positive impact on your life. Studies have shown crafting can have a healing effect on the mind, but did you know the art of quilting may help restore or maintain your health?

Click on Learn More to read the rest of the article.


So, who made this stunning purse? It's Cathy Franks and yes, it was made on a longarm. Find out how she did it in Show 2302: Creative Embellishments and Quilt Stencil Versatility.


Not all quilts are serious. We came across this one at Road to California and it just made us laugh. Enjoy "Mummy without Coffee: Take 2" by Mathea Daunheimer of Oamaru, New Zealand.

Click here for more photos and information about this quilt.

Mathea's quilt won Most Humorous Quilt at Road to California 2017.


Take a closer look at some of the amazing work of Cathy Franks.

Star Members can learn more about Cathy and her techniques in Show 2302: Creative Embellishments and Quilt Stencil Versatility.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: Cathy Franks



This lovely block has quite a few pieces. How many blocks would you make? Do you want to know what it's called? Play the game and find out.



Classes Open to Everyone

Ruler Work on Domestic Machines

Now you can watch Gina Perkes' Ruler Mastery Series in its entirety. We have all ten classes available, and they are open to everyone!

Gina's series shows you the basics of using machine quilting rulers, as well as how to make specific designs like feathers, waves, and geometric shapes using her line of high quality quilting rulers on your domestic or longarm machine. 

"Like Getting Two Free Rulers"

 Get started machine quilting right away with Gina's Ruler Mastery Kit, which includes all of the rulers covered in her series. The kit is priced at $199, which is like getting two of the rulers for free!

Not ready to buy the whole kit? If you want to try just one, we recommend the first ruler in the Ruler Mastery Class series, the Shirley Ruler. At just $24.00, it is a great way to test the machine quilting waters! 


The following is the account of the fire from the perspective of Ricky and Justin primarily via the text messages and photos that were exchanged. It is an abridged version but includes the most critical messages relating to the fire over several days. As of this posting, the fire has burned 107,967 acres and is 85% contained. There have been over 150 homes/structures destroyed and 100+ damaged.

Click here to follow the log.

Here is the mostly-unedited video of Ricky's first drive into the Yellowstone Creek Ranch fire zone going to Autumn Rock. As an FYI, the first two pieces of music Ricky composed and recorded in his new recording studio just two weeks before the fire. This video is 54 minutes. It is somewhat haunting, hypnotic, and mesmerizing.

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Finally, here are images Ricky took in the fire zone, and other before/after images. 

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