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Quilt Stories from the Museum of Texas Tech University

Quilt Stories from the Museum of Texas Tech University

Dr. Marian Ann J. Montgomery, Ph.D., Curator of Clothing and Textiles at the Museum of Texas Tech University shares images of vintage quilts from their collection and tells their fascinating stories.

A "Popping Red" Snowball Quilt

A "Popping Red" Snowball Quilt

Learn what a "popping red" is in a quilt in this example of a snowball quilt from the Museum of Texas Tech University.

A Fruit Basket Quilt Designed by Ruby Short McKim

A Fruit Basket Quilt Designed by Ruby Short McKim

A Fruit Basket Quilt designed by Ruby Short McKim was brought to one of the quilt documentation events that coincided with the 2016 exhibition of the Museum of Texas Tech University’s quilts.

Accurate Quilt Patterns

Accurate Quilt Patterns

One of the reasons that Mountain Mist batting wrapper patterns were so popular was because they were very accurate. If a quilter followed the cutting directions a beautiful quilt would result.

Art Quilts by Ellie Kreneck Enter Collection

Art Quilts by Ellie Kreneck Enter Collection

Generous donations by Ellie Kreneck of her West Texas art quilts as well as the recent purchase of a quilted Haori coat by Yvonne Porcella form the base of what is hoped will be a growing collection of Art Quilts in the Museum’s Collection. While it is difficult to collect pieces that haven’t yet stood the test of time, it is important to acquire these pieces while artists are still alive to provide information about their creations.

Baskets from Oklahoma

Baskets from Oklahoma

Basket quilts are charming, fun, and endearing. But they become so much more when a mother sources the fabrics from the clothing of her children. The resulting quilt becomes a much loved family treasure.

Country Life Quilt

Country Life Quilt

It is always a pleasure to be contacted by a donor who would like to donate quilts in good condition and whose makers are known. 

Cousin Quilt Shares history with Last Comanche Chief

Cousin Quilt Shares History with Last Comanche Chief

This 1880s red and white Rocky Mountain Road quilt certainly fit the bill for beauty and excellent workmanship. Research in the files uncovered a wonderful history about the quilt maker and a recent visit by descendants of the maker added even more interesting facts about the life of this stunning quilt. 

Dallas Quilter Collector

Dallas Quilter Collector

Although you may consider yourself primarily a quilter, sometimes you will find that you have museum-worthy quilts that can be donated to a museum. One such quilter is Pam Joiner of the Dallas, Texas area who donated three quilts from her collection to the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Discovering a Quilter's Work

Discovering a Quilter's Work

A great deal of research was done regarding the maker of the pattern, Crossroads to Bachelor’s Hall, for the 2016 quilt exhibit, Legacy of a Thousand Stitches.  When the research began we knew only that she was Mrs. R. P. Price, the maternal grandmother of Robert Fee and that we had two of her quilts in the collection.

Double Knit Quilts

Double Knit Quilts

Double knit quilts were made in the 1970s as part of the quilt revival around America’s bicentennial celebration. Early American quilters  made quilts using scraps left over from sewing for their families. In the 1970s this meant using double knit fabrics.

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