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Master Quilts Past and Present: Preserving the Voice of America's Quiltmakers
May 30 - July 27, 2003

An exhibition of 32 traditional, innovative and contemporary quilts from major private quilt collections, with an emphasis on the best of Iowa quiltmakers. Guest curated by Amy Henderson 94.

Click here for a complete list of artists.

Visit The Alliance for American Quilts website to read interviews by these and other quilters.



Innocential Descending, Gretchen Echols, 1994
Collection of Doug du Mas and Cherry Haisten
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Mariner's Compass, Unknown maker (Nebraska), c.1890
Collection of Barbara Hobbs


Crazy Quilt, Unknown (Kentucky), c.1910
Collection of Kathi Regas



New York Beauty, Unknown maker (Kentucky), c.1860
Collection of William Volkening


You Can't Wear That, Ellen Zak Danforth, 2000
Collection of the Artist
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Bouquet of Roses, Rosalie Baker, 1998
Collection of the Artist
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Princess Feather with Oak Leaves, Mahulda Mize, c.1860
Collection of Shelly Zegart

Measuring Up, Kathleen Deneris, 1994
Private Collection
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Forest Flora XX, Priscilla Sage, 1999-2000
Collection of the Artist
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Three Conversations, Astrid Hilger Bennett, 2001
Collection of the Artist
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List of Artists
Click on the name to see additional images and to read an interview from The Alliance for American Quilts website.

Rosalie Baker, Davenport, Iowa
Astrid Hilger Bennett, Iowa City, Iowa
Katharine Brainard, Bethesda, Maryland
Candace Pederson Carmichael, Iowa City, Iowa

Colleen Curry, Davenport, Iowa
Ellen Zak Danforth, Ft. Collins, Colorado
Kathleen Deneris, Midvale, Utah
Gretchen Echols, Seattle, Washington
Tomme Fent, Sioux City, Iowa
Nancy Miller Grider, Russell County, Kentucky
Chris Hulin, Gilman, Iowa
Hannah Huxley, Covington, Kentucky
Celeste Kelly, Newark, Delaware
Jean Ray Laury, Clovis, California
Catherine Noll Litwinow, Bettendorf, Iowa
Judy Martin, Grinnell, Iowa
Mahulda Mize, Paducah, Kentucky
Yvonne Porcella, Modesto, California
Teddy Pruett, Lake City, Florida
Priscilla Sage, Ames, Iowa
Sharon Somers, North Liberty, Iowa
Adrienne Yorinks, New York, New York
plus seven quilts by unknown makers, c. 1860-1920



  2001 Grinnell College
updated 05.27.03
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