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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.

A Unique Sunbonnet Sue

A Unique Sunbonnet Sue

Learn more about this unusually arranged Sunbonnet Sue quilt that was donated to the museum by Sandra Archer.

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.

Alphabet Quilt

Alphabet Quilt

Quilters often make small quilts for the children in their family. A baby quilt is usually the first project a new quiltmaker will undertake. Grandmothers also join the celebration of new family members by making quilts for their grandchildren, as is the case with this Alphabet quilt made by Martha Alma Baker for her grandson Billy Baker. 

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.

Broken Lone Star Quilt

Broken Lone Star Quilt

This year (2023) a beautiful circa 1930 Broken Lone Star quilt joined the collection of the Museum of Texas Tech University. 

Cheddar for Fall

Cheddar for Fall

This circa 1900-1910 quilt employs that lovely cheddar fabric so popular at the end of the 19th century, particularly in Pennsylvania.
 

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. 

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