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Quilting Pioneer: Jean Wells Keenan
August 24, 2009
 
"Paradise in the Garden" by Jean Wells "Cottage Quilt Industries" Become Big Business in Late 20th Century: Jean Wells Keenan of Sisters, Oregon By Karen B. Alexander Quilting in the 20th century has touched many lives in profoundly different ways. Some quilters have even gone on to create a bus ... (More)

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Quilting Pioneer: Ruby Short McKim
July 27, 2009
 
The Jolly Circus Quilt Ruby Short McKim, July 27, 1891- July 1976 by Karen B. Alexander "What is the compelling fascination of quilts?" is a question I hear frequently once someone discovers my passion for quilt history. One of the reasons I give is because quilt history is a natural vehicle for ... (More)

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Quilting Pioneer: Merikay Waldvogel
June 07, 2009
 
Photo by Karen Alexander Like so many who were lured into quilting in the 1970s and 80s, it was often a serendipitous occurrence that attracted future quilters at that time. Many who answered the call were already weavers or knitters and seamstresses, but not quilters.  Enter stage left - Meri ... (More)

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Bets Ramsey Fiber Artist, Teacher, Quilter, Curator, Author
May 11, 2009
 
Hazel Carter, Founder of The Quilters Hall of Fame and Bets Ramsey 2005 Inductee.  Photo courtesy of Sue Jones "Meeting Bets Ramsey for the first time, you might not immediately grasp that this quiet gracious woman is a serious artist and scholar. Instead of engaging in self promotion, she let ... (More)

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William R. Dunton: Quilt Collector, Author, Psychiatrist
March 29, 2009
 
William R. Dunton (1868-1966) Quilt Collector, Author, Psychiatrist   It's hard to realize just how many years have passed since I saw my first exhibit of Baltimore Album Quilts at the Baltimore Museum of Art in the early 80s. I was new to quilting at the time but loved appliqué and ... (More)

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Ruth Finley: Quilt Collector, Journalist, Feminist
February 23, 2009
 
Red Green 4-block Quilt, possibly 1850_photo source Internet Auction06 Ruth Finley: Quilt Collector, Journalist, Feminist by Karen Alexander "At the time of her death, Ruth Finley was eulogized for her career in journalism, her feminist activities and her political and civic work; but today she i ... (More)

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Florence Peto (1881-1970)
January 26, 2009
 
"Calico Garden Crib Quilt" (49" x 39") by Florence Peto,1950 Pieced appliqued and quilted cotton.  Shelburne Museum permanent collection. Photo courtesy Shelburne Museum.  Today it's hard to realize how little quilt history was available before the influence of our early 20th cent ... (More)

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