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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.

Fresh Starts

Fresh Starts

Not much is known today about this beautiful pale pink and aqua satin quilt designed with padded puffs of satin fabric around a rectangular pink satin center, but the quilt is well worth a look.

Friendship in Pink and Red

Friendship in Pink and Red

The featured quilt was made by The South Plains Quilt Guild in 2012 for long-time member Jackie Reis. It is titled “Sisters Memory Quilt for Jackie Reis from S. P. Q. G., Lubbock, TX 2012.”  Each block lists the handwritten name of the maker in Pigma pen.

How Important is a Label?

How Important is a Label?

This stunning quilt came to the museum recently as one of ten offered to the Museum by someone who had cleaned out an estate in nearby Plainview, Texas.  The first thing the donor said on the phone was that the quilts were "dirty”—not a good thing for a museum without a conservator on staff.  The second thing she said was that they all came with “stories.”  What she meant was that almost every quilt had a label attached documenting who made it and where.  Labels trump any dirt in a curator’s mind! 

Jackie Reis Quilter and Founder

Jackie Reis Quilter and Founder

Jackie Reis was a quilter of the quilt revival who taught many West Texas and New Mexico women to quilt and also loved quilt history. 

Joyce Massey Donates Quilt to the Museum of Texas Tech University

Joyce Massey Donates Quilt to the Museum of Texas Tech University

It is with great joy that the Museum announces the recent donation of a quilt made by Dallas Quilt Guild member Joyce Massey to the collection. Mrs. Massey’s legacy of prize-winning quilts both at the Dallas Quilt Show and the State Fair of Texas is extraordinary.

Legacy of a Thousand Stitches

Legacy of a Thousand Stitches

Superstitions around sewing and quilts have circulated for generations. From avoiding quilts with thirteen blocks, beginning a quilt on a Friday (you will never live to see it finished), stitching in a spider's web for good luck, to avoiding bad luck with giving away your first quilt, the lessons for do's and don'ts are numerous and sometimes quite complex. But how does a quilt get the reputation of being under a spell? One such quilt at the Museum of Texas Tech University seems to be a bit of a wanderer.

Linda Fisher’s Creativity

Linda Fisher’s Creativity

Learn about the artistry of Linda Fisher, a prolific quilter who takes advantage of "found" vintage quilt blocks to make her quilts.

Little Women Appliqué Quilt

Little Women Appliqué Quilt

The Museum of Texas Tech University has two lovely quilts made by Ruth N. Miller Hake (Mrs. William) of York Haven, Pennsylvania. One features features appliquéd scenes from the novel, Little Women

Lubbock Quilt District Mystery Solved

Lubbock District Quilt Mystery Solved

A TQS member solved the mystery of the Lubbock Quilt District quilt.

Major Feed Sack Exhibition

Major Feed Sack Exhibition

There was an exhibit at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas featuring a wide sampling of the almost 6,000 objects from the Museum’s printed cotton research collection entitled “Cotton and Thrift: Feed Sacks and the Fabric of American Households".

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